Pop-up Art Experience in the Village: Meet Michael Hernandez

Blog Post - April 6, 2021

Category: What's New

Pop-up art has arrived in Carlsbad April 2nd - 25th and is on display at 15 downtown businesses. The Carlsbad Village Association and the City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office collaborated to engage established artists to use a wide array of media on display in different storefronts and inside local businesses in the Village.

Carlsbad realizes an inclusive vision of the arts and culture in everyday life, while stimulating an expanding creative sector economy. Original and unique artistic creations, as temporary public art, spur dialogue and enhance the Village as a destination. Meet one of the five artists participating in this temporary art experience.

Michael Hernandez

Michael Hernandez engages glass as a versatile sculptural medium with unique abilities to capture time and movement. He explores formal fanaticism through objects that excite a sense of visual play and fetishistic tactility. Hernandez embraces unlikely compositions in color and form where the space between seduction and repulsion is stretched, perverted, and redefined.


Michael earned an MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (NY). He has done residencies and taught workshops at Pilchuck Glass School, UrbanGlass, StarWorks, and numerous private and public institutions around the US. Currently, Michael is an Associate Professor and heads the glass program at Palomar College.

Artist Website

Michael's artwork is on display in the Village at:
•    First Team Realty - 500 Grand Avenue
•    Jayden Presleigh Salon - 2946 State Street
•    GelatoLove - 300 Carlsbad Village Dr., Ste. 104

The Studio Glass Movement

The Studio Glass Movement, made famous by artists like Dale Chihuly, is the modern use of glass as an artistic medium to produce sculptures or three-dimensional artworks. The American Studio Glass Movement began in the mid-1960s giving artists the foundation to design and produce original works of art from glass. For the past 50 years the movement has had rapid developments, putting glass at the forefront of contemporary art and craft. The glass art community continues to grow in new directions while holding on to its traditions.