Luebtow’s art raises money for museum

By Mary Rose Fissinger

Visual Arts teacher John Luebtow was invited this summer to display his art at the Santa Monica Museum of Art as a part of a fundraiser entitled Incognito. The museum asked 500 artists to donate pieces which were sold in May to about 700 art collectors. All pieces were sold for $300, and all money went towards supporting the museum.

Luebtow donated two paintings in colored glass for fund raiser, which has occurred annually for five years now. The gimmick is always the same: buyers aren’t allowed to know the identity of the artist until the work is paid for. This helps justify the complete consistency in pricing and also helps even out the popularity and interest level of the pieces.  

“(The event) made a considerable amount of money,” Luebtow said. Incognito has raised more than a $1million since its debut.

He has exhibited at the Santa Monica Museum of Art for 20 years, since its opening. He has also exhibited at several other well-known museums throughout the world, such as LACMA, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Art Institute.

Luebtow holds two MFA’s, one in glass and one in ceramics, from UCLA. Most of his work now, however is strictly in glass, and through his success in that field he has gained respect and renown. He is responsible for introducing new ways to make glass into art, the most significant of which is his signature technical process of bending one-inch sheet glass.

He experiments with space through the shapes and lines in his pieces. On his website,, he says, “Line expresses the movement and rhythm of energy, and through the extension of this line form is created.”

On his website you can find a gallery of pictures of his art.