Pop-up Art Experience in the Village: Meet Nic McGuire

Blog Post - April 19, 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.

Nic McGuire

Nic is a modern glass artist living in San Diego, CA.  An Encinitas native, he began his glass studies at Palomar College and went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree from UCSD. Nic is best known as a hot glass sculptor who hand forms molten glass into contemporary art. His glass work incorporates complex sculpture techniques with modern forms and unique color palettes to produce the current series of artwork. The intricate patterns and skillfully crafted forms of glass and metal make each piece of art a unique one-of-a-kind sculpture. Nic enjoys spending his time making high quality original glass sculptures to share the beauty of life with others.

Artist Website

Artwork on Display at:

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.

For more information on the Pop-up Art Experience, its artists and participating business locations where artwork is on display through April 25th, click here.