About Josephine A. Geiger
Born and mostly raised in Menomonie, WI, I was able to take virtually every available art class. My favorite was the Saturday morning art class at UW Stout where I experimented with everything from drawing, sculpture, print-making, and pottery, to bronze casting. Ironically, they did not have glass as a medium.
I now live in a small house with a big yard in Saint Paul, MN, with my studio above the garage, a pond full of (sometimes frozen) goldfish in the back yard, and a dog watching out the window while the cat plays with her tail.
Selected Awards & Exhibitions
- Stained Glass Association of America, ‘The Artist’ Competition: 2nd Place, “Copper Willow” 2014
- Cover of Delphi’s annual spring catalog “Windswept Oak” 2013
- Art Glass Month Competition: Best in Show, 3rd place “Poplars“, 2013
- Merit Awards – Saint Paul Art Crawl: 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, & 2008
- Minnesota State Fair: Fine Arts Exhibit “Windswept Oak“, 2011
- Art-A-Whirl Poster (North East Minneapolis Arts Association) “Sunrise Aspens”, 2009
- Minnesota State Fair: Creative Activities First Place “Splitrock Shadows“, 2008
- Minnesota Craft Council-Best of Show: Honorable Mention, 2006
Public Art & Media
- Handcrafted America, INSP cable network TV: April 19, 2016
- TPT Regional TV: Minnesota Original episode 220, episode 229, 2011
- Hudson Hospital – Healing Arts Collection, 2010 & 2011
- Regina Medical Assisted Living Facility, 2009 & 2011
- City of Middleton Arts Council – Municipal Court and Police Station, 2010
- Concordia College Language Program, 2010
How do I commission artwork?
Commissioning a stained glass panel has a few simple steps. My process starts with a fun conversation, where you tell me what you like, what you don’t, and what issues you might have. I’ll ask you questions – “What is your preferred color palette?”; “Do you want to block the view into your neighbor’s dining room?” – in addition to looking at the orientation, location, site constraints, lighting, etc.
Next we’ll discuss the various options for installation; free-hanging, metal display stand, or custom stops that match your woodwork, for example. There are many other options as well, but these are the most common. We will make an appointment to measure (or we can discuss the way you can measure to determine how big of a panel you want) or skip right to a studio visit picking out the glass.
Then once the details have been taken of (size, budget, colors, timeline, etc.), the contract is signed and the down payment paid. Then when I start working on the panel, I take photos to document the process (‘Supernova’ is one example), plus you are welcome to visit the studio and see the progress in person.
When your commission is complete, we will schedule the delivery and/or installation. J. A. Geiger Studio provides complete, fully insured installation services, but if you would prefer to do it yourself we will coordinate with your contractor.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of clients do you work with?
We work with everyone! Homeowners, corporations, small businesses, galleries, and public art entities, and anyone who is interested in glass is a potential client.
What is your turn around time?
Hmm, that depends upon the current studio schedule. It could be a few weeks to a few months, but if you have a firm deadline, please let me know and we’ll see what we can do.
Do you offer lay-away?
Of course! My terms are very reasonable too: you determine a down payment and the payment shedule; we sign a contract for purchase; and then once your artwork is paid in full, you can pick it up or I will ship it to you.
My goal is to make sure my artwork is going to someone that loves it!
What are your studio hours?
Since I work from a private studio and not a commercial location, my hours are typically by appointment only, though occasionally there’s an open studio event.
Do you do repairs?
If one of my pieces becomes damaged and it is feasible to repair it, I will definitely take care of it. If you have an old window you would like restored, I have a specialist that will help you out.
People often ask if I am afraid of lead posining. Actually no – I try not to eat the panels. All joking aside, I keep the studio clean, and use precautionary measures and techniques. Plus I get tested regularly and everything is perfectly normal.