Local Art Glass was established in 2008 by artist and designer Evan Burnette. Burnette was born in Springfield, Illinois, his mother (now retired) was a community theater organizer and U.S. History teacher, his father a professional photographer. Evan graduated with his BFA in glass from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 2005 and his MFA from Ball State University in 2016. After graduation Evan moved to the Pacific Northwest where he taught glassblowing to the public in both Oregon and Alaska. His artwork has received finalist status in The Illinois Governor’s Colligate Art Competition, The Rickert Ziebolt Trust Awards, The National Sculpture Society Awards, and the Niche Awards, Bullseye Glass ‘s Emerge, among others. His work was also featured in the Corning Museum of Glass's New Glass Review 38, He was also one of five MFA graduates chosen for the Urban Glass biannual “Fresh Masters” exhibition in Brooklyn, New York.
Aside from being head designer at Local Art Glass, he also works as a fine artist. Burnette’s art focuses on the integration of many of the tenets of early twentieth-century Surrealist thought, and psychological, aesthetic and ethical issues related to humor. He is interested in the concepts of both physical and mental play, disengagements from both the seriousness of both life, and the fine art world. His works deal in absurdist humor, which is predicated on silliness and nonsense. He refers to his work as "Comic Surrealism." His work may be viewed at: www. evanburnetteart.com