Miles Van Rensselaer was born in New Jersey in 1973. His father was an engineer, his sister a jeweler and his grandmother a painter. His childhood fostered a love for travel and creativity.
Throughout Van Rensselaer’s college days, he traveled and lived for times in Indonesia, New Guinea, Java and Bali learning the language and experiencing the culture. He graduated with Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Sculpture and English. From there he was drawn to glass by watching demonstrations and having experiences with different artists which lead to his own creations, continued exploration and a one-person exhibition by the time he was 30 years old. Now part of the next generation of artists, his work can be found in numerous public and private collections including the Shanghai Museum of Glass, Shanghai, China; Clifton Sculpture Park: Clifton, NJ; National Liberty Museum: Philadelphia, PA; Tom & Denise Stern, New York, NY and at Kenyon College, Gambier, OH.
Mile Van Rensselaer has an impressive list of honor, awards and scholarships he’s earned through the years. That list includes 2016 Merit Scholarship for Winter Intensive, UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY; 2014 Rosenberg Residency, Salem State University, Salem, MA; 2014 Visiting Artist, Alfred University, Alfred, NY; 2014 Best Cast Metal/Hollowware 2014: NICHE Awards, Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA; 2011 Pushing the Limits, featured article by Vanessa Kotz in American Style Magazine, p. 19-21; 2010 www.artpalmbeach.com, monumental slumped Maori heads on Art Palm Beach homepage; 2008 Artist of the Month, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Dallas, TX; 2007 Merit Award: Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY; 2007 Professional Artist-in-Residence: Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA; 2006 Best Slumped/Cast Glass 2006: NICHE Awards, Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA; 2006 In Good Hands, NICHE Magazine, Baltimore, MD; 2005 New York Gallery Guide, review of Grasping the Intangible; ARTnews, review of Periodic Table by Robin Rice in January issue; 2003 International Glass Art, Richard Wilfred Yelle; 2003 Sculpture Award: Artsbridge National Exhibition, Prallsville Mills, Stockton, NJ; 2003-4 Best of Show, Riverside Festival of the Arts, Phillipsburg, NJ; 2001, 2003-4 Artist Grant: Contemporary Glass Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; 1999 Harlov-Davis Award: Phillip’s Mill Art Association, New Hope, PA; 1998 Award of Excellence, Mountain Art Show, Bernardsville, NJ; 1998 1st Place Sculpture, Lamington Invitational, Lamington, NJ.