Jack Schmidt earned a B.S. in 1968 from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. In 1969, he studied and assisted Fritz Dreisbach (one of Harvey Littleton’s first generation of glass students at the Toledo Museum of Art School of Design. Schmidt earned an M.S. in 1973 from Illinois State University in Normal where he also assisted Joel Meyers. In 1974, Schmidt served as visiting instructor and acting department head of the graduate and undergraduate glass program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Schmidt continued as an educator throughout his career, and has consistently been recognized in major collections, exhibitions, and publications. Schmidt was among the founding members of the Glass Art Society and was appointed Secretary in 1974. He has been an active member ever since and received the Lifetime Membership award in 1993. He is the recipient of awards from the National Endowments for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He has enjoyed numerous one-man shows at galleries across the United States ranging from Habatat Galleries in Pontiac, MI and Boca Raton, FL to Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Door County, WI. Group exhibits range from Millennium Glass: An International Survey of Studio Glass, The Naples Philharmonic and Museum in Florida. The Smithsonian Institution, Corning Museum of Glass, Detroit Institute of Art and Toledo Museum of Art and other public and private collections possess his work, which typically are sculptural fabrications of glass, metal, and stone.