Glass Art Society Cancels Arizona Conference

>The Glass Art Society (GAS) has made a strong statement – they have cancelled the 2011 international conference scheduled to be held in Tuscon, Arizona, citing concerns about financial concerns and also concerns about the “political climate” (the immigration law SB1070). Below is an excerpt from a letter sent to members:

“On Wednesday of this week, the Glass Art Society Board of Directors, charged with the fiduciary responsibility of the organization, decided to cancel the 2011 GAS conference in Tucson, scheduled to be held, April 7-9, 2011.

The decision was not taken lightly by anyone. The Board clearly appreciates and understands the tremendous amount of work that has been put in to the 2011 conference by Tucson and GAS. Ultimately, a decision had to be made and had to be made quickly, based on the organization’s finances and the need to avoid a large deficit for the fiscal year had to take precedent over any other sentiments the Board members have.

The Glass Art Society is a 501 (c) 3 organization. As a not-for-profit, we are feeling the affects of the waning economy as well. GAS is not boycotting the state of Arizona but made the decision to cancel the conference because the economics did not support going forward in this political climate. With a Latin American focus for this conference, the controversial issues in the state are particularly poignant. Whether glass artists south of the US border would come; whether GAS would be liable for things that could happen in Arizona for the Latino members; whether GAS could weather the negative economic impact to the organization that this issue could cause; whether in this economic climate the local committee could raise the money needed for the conference; were all issues that the Board needed to consider.

Although an alternative site has not been selected, the date will definitely change. We propose that the conference will now be June 9-11, 2011. GAS has much to do now to find an alternative site and program the conference with changes that will be needed. We expect to announce a new location at the Louisville Conference in June.”

The GAS 2010 conference is scheduled to take place this coming June 10 -12 in Louisville, KY. Click HERE to jump to the conference website.


The Glass Art Society sent its members an email June 04, 2010 that included a clarification of its reasons for the cancellation of the 2011 conference. Click HERE to jump to text of the GAS letter.

Hennessey and Hassan Opening @ NIH


Sean Hennessey / Rania Hassan

Washington Glass School Artists Sean Hennessey and Rania Hassan both have their artwork on exhibit at the National Institutes of Health [NIH] in Bethesda, Maryland. Their evocative & tactile artwork will be on display through July 2 in the Clinical Research Center Galleries in the Mark O. Hatfield NIH Clinical Center, Building 10.

National Institutes of Health [NIH]

Clinical Research Center Galleries

Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, Building 10

May 7–July 2, 2010

9000 Rockville Pike Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Click here for map

Click here for visitor information *

*NIH is accessible 24 hours a day, everyday, but it is a secure facility, and as such, there are some access procedures visitors will go through.

Weekends and evenings are the best time to visit.

On the weekends, visitors need to use the delivery entrance on Rockville Pike, and on weekdays, the visitors entrance.

Rosetta DeBerardinis Interviews Tim Tate


Welcome to the new media world: artist/arts writer Rosetta DeBerardinis interviewed Tim Tate via a live feed to Facebook. The online arts magazine Bourgeon picked up the article and published it:

Tim Tate/ Marc Petrovic
Apothecarium Moderne

Rosetta DeBerardinis: Tim, you have work currently in a major museum show along with Damien Hirst, I read the review. What is your impression of the show?

Tim Tate: The show is a very non-Washington show. It tests the limits of media specific work, and allows artist who normally would be outside the museum system to show work. I would say its one of the most exciting shows in NYC right now.

Rosetta DeBerardinis: You mentioned during our last chat that you were discovered by the curator at the Museum of Art and Design on Facebook. What did his initial correspondence say?

Tim Tate: The way I got the show at the Museum Of Arts and Design in NYC is through Facebook. I posted a video of a cat playing the piano, and a person popped up and said, “Hey! That’s really cute…. I should have that at my museum.” I said “museum???? You should have my work….. what museum??” That man was David McFadden, Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design. I pitched a concept and 24 hours later, I was in a show there.

Rosetta DeBerardinis: What was your pitch?

Tim Tate: It was called “The Apothecarium Moderne.” It consists of 9 large apothecary jars, each offering a cure for an ill of modern mankind. I sent him a sketch of the piece.

For the rest of the Bourgeon article – click HERE

The Affordable Art Fair NYC Opens This Week


The Affordable Art Fair (AFF) opens this week with over 75 galleries from five continents exhibiting original painting, sculpture, photography, and works on paper at 7W New York (7 West 34th Street) in New York City from May 6 – 9, 2010. Appealing to established collectors and first time art buyers, the ninth annual AAF NYC features contemporary art priced from $100 – $10,000.

Washington Glass School artists Michael Janis, Tim Tate and Erwin Timmers, along with next door studio and superstar ceramic artist Novie Trump will be represented by Mayer Fine Art Gallery .

In 1999, Will Ramsay founded the Affordable Art Fair (AAF) in London. His aim was to make contemporary art accessible to everyone, and to show you don’t need to be an art expert or a millionaire to enjoy and buy art. Ten years later, AAF has become a global event with fairs taking place in Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, New York and Singapore. More than 650,000 people have visited Affordable Art Fairs around the world, purchasing over $160 million worth of art.

AAF NYC 2010
Thursday May 6 – Sunday May 9
7 W New York (7 West 34th St, near 5th Ave, NYC)

Washington Glass School 9th Anniversary Open House


This May marks our 9th year providing some of the highest level glass/metal/sculpture classes in the region. We will join the Gateway Arts District‘s Open Studio Tours as part of the annual Mount Rainier Day festivities. This year is the Mount Rainier, MD centennial – so this will be a big event for the area!

The Glass School anniversary and open studio is one of our favorite events, from the Mt Rainier Day parade in the morning to the huge selection of art and craft from our instructors, associates and studio artists. Please join us – and visit the surrounding incredible ceramic studios and other art studios that are also open as part of the celebration!
Music, Art, Food, Demos, FUN!

May 15th, 2010
3700 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

Noon -6 pm

Habatat International Glass Invitational


Devoted exclusively to artists working with glass as their medium, Habitat Galleries in Royal Oak, MI is one of the oldest and largest galleries in the United States of its kind. The 12,000-square-foot gallery is home of the International Glass Invitational, where invited glass artists from around the world showcase their work for some of the most selective collectors. The 38th International Glass Invitational opened April 24, 2010 and will run until May 25, 2010, featuring over 90 artists from 16 countries. Washington Glass School’s Tim Tate and Michael Janis are each exhibiting artwork in this prestigious show. A catalog of the artwork in the show is online: to view the entire Habatat Galleries 38th International Glass Invitational Awards Exhibition Catalog, please click here.
**Please note, this is a 5 MG PDF and as such, it may take 1-2 minutes to download.

Habatat Galleries
4400 Fernlee Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48073

Penland School of Craft Seeks Glass Shop Coordinator


The famed Penland School of Craft in NC is seeking a Glass Studio Coordinator. Penland School of Crafts is a national center for craft education offering residential workshops, residencies, community education programs, and exhibitions. Located on 420 acres in the NC Mountains, Penland has 15 teaching studios and 50 historic and contemporary buildings. Penland School of Crafts is an equal opportunity employer with a staff of 63. Penland operates with a $5.2 million endowment and an annual operating budget of $4.2 million. Penland School of Crafts is an equal opportunity employer.

The Glass Studio Coordinator is responsible for keeping two studios in good working order and preparing for each class or activity scheduled in the space. Through a helpful and welcoming presence the Coordinator sets the tone for all classes by successfully communicating with instructors and studio assistants to insure the smooth operations of class supply ordering, studio setup, studio safety and general operations of the studio. Adaptability, analysis, attention to detail, collaboration, personal impact, dependability, safety awareness, organizational sensitivity and teamwork are characteristics central to this position. This is a technical, administrative, and services-oriented position. The Glass Studio coordinator reports directly to the Studio Manager. This is a full-time, benefits eligible, year-round, hourly position.

To Apply
The position will remain open until filled, however the initial review of applications will consist of applications received by May 7, 2010. Send resume and cover letter addressing relevant experience and interest in the position, personal contact information and email contact information for at least 3 references to Simone Travisano, Studio Manager, Penland School of Crafts, PO Box 37, Penland, NC 28765 or

Full job description at