The Southern Ohio Museum has opened its first exhibition of 2011 with recent works by internationally acclaimed glass artist Brent Kee Young. Youngs Matrix Series of glass sculptures are formed from clear, flame-worked borosilicate glass simple Pyrex rods twisted and transformed into complex, organic, interconnected structures. The exhibition runs through April 1, in the Richards Gallery. The sculptures are quite beautiful, Museum curator Darren Baker said. Their elegant design and construction combine with their reflective interplay of light as if they are airy, geometry-based root networks made of ice. Young an art professor and head of the glass department at the Cleveland Institute of Art studied glass, ceramics and engineering in California before earning his MFA at Alfred University in New York in 1973. His work is in prominent private and public collections around the globe, from the Art Institute of Chicago to the Niijima Contemporary Art Museum in Tokyo, the Smithsonians Renwick Gallery to the Contemporary Glass Museum in Madrid, Spain. Honors have included purchase prizes, awards for teaching, research fellowships and a $20,000 Creative Workforce Fellowship from Cuyahoga Countys Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Young will be at the museum at noon on Friday, March 4, for a lunchtime discussion about the inspiration and process underlying his sculpture. The public is invited to attend this free event. Attendees are asked to bring their own lunches, or call (740) 354-5629 to reserve a lunch meal for $6. The Southern Ohio Museum is at 825 Gallia St., in Portsmouth, and can be found online at www.somacc.com.