Tripoli Gallery

Bengt Hokanson received a B.A. in Anthropology from Tulane University in 1991 and studied glass blowing at Tulane from 1987 to 1991. He worked as a gaffer for Gene Koss, Head of Glass, Tulane University, from 1991 to 1993. He also studied with Pike Powers and Gene Koss at Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA for many sessions between 1991 and 2002, and has taken classes at The Studio at Corning, Corning, NY and at Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY. Hokanson was featured in a two-person exhibition, Twenty Years of Glass - Bengt Hokanson and Trefny Dix at the Living Arts Center in Tulsa, OK in 2017. His work has been included in local exhibitions at the Victor D’Amico Institute of Art in Amagansett, NY, Ashawagh Hall in East Hampton, NY, and has exhibited nationally in Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado, among others. He received an artist grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2001. Hokanson’s sculptures explore materials, from raw material to found objects to blown and cast glass, reimagining how these materials are used and interact with each other. He reassembles and remakes forms from familiar objects to tell a new story, a translation of his creative vision. Like hieroglyphics or runes, the works are symbols and stories of the artist’s inner thoughts. Hokanson is also co-owner of Hokanson Dix Glass, a hot glass studio located in East Hampton, NY since 1991. He lives and works in East Hampton, NY.