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.

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

Matt Szosz Demos Inflating Fused Glass


Matt Szosz Technique: Fused, Inflated Window Glass

Join us for a fascinating and unusual free demo to be held during CraftWeek DC and in cooperation with the James Renwick Alliance’s Spring Craft Weekend. Glass Weekend “Rising Star” Matt Szosz will be inflating fused sheets of glass into sculptural “envelopes”. Inflating hot glass is explosive – the stillness of the final form is belied by the frenetic urgency of the process. Join us while Matt Szosz shows an amazing kiln process experience. This is a great show!

Using glass and clouds as a material sources, much of Matthew’s work stems from experimentation with modes of manipulation. He is interested in developing new ways of transforming sheet glass when it is at fusing/casting temperatures to capture the tactile quality and the complex curves the material achieves when heated.

Artist Matt Szosz
Dates Sat April 24
Time 11 am – 1pm

Born in Rhode Island, Matthew Szosz has received a BFA, a BID (Industrial Design), and a MFA (Glass) from Rhode Island School of Design. He has worked professionally in art and art related fields in Rhode Island, New Mexico and California for the last ten years. Recently he has received the Pilchuck Scholarship, a Stein Fund Grant, the Award of Excellence in Graduate Studies from RISD and the Jutta Cuny-Franz Award in 2009.

City Gallery’s Nancy Donnelly Show

>Glass artist Nancy Donnelly will be featured in a two-artist show at the new City Gallery in the trendy H Street corridor.
Her show “Light And Allusion” will include installation work by Nancy and paintings by Jill Finsen.

Nancy Donnelly “Birds” fused glass

Light And Allusion
May 1 – 29, 2010
Opening Reception with Artists Sat, May 1, 6-9pm

City Gallery
804 H Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002


artdc Gallery Call For Artists: 12 x 12 Show


artdc gallery at 5710 Baltimore Ave. Hyattsville, MD

Yep. It’s that time again! artdc Gallery has announced it invitation for its successful “12×12″ event.
In this all inclusive show artists are invited to submit art limited to one (1) square foot: 12”x12”.
Each 12”x12” space in the show had a $12 hanging fee.
Works will be submitted including, but not limited to, photography, painting, mixed media, sculpture, lead, ceramics, glass, and more.
This show has a 12% commission for sales in the gallery. All prices are limited to $300.
The opening on the 22nd of May and will run the same day as the Hyattsville Arts Festival, with lots to see.
Install Saturday May 1st, 2010 Reception / Party May 22nd in conjunction with the Hyattsville Arts Festival!
The artdc Gallery will install the work.

Make sure you get a spot, and pre-register HERE.
Some of the spots are already booked. To reserve multiple spots, click the button multiple times. $12.00 gets one spot. – there will be a number available.


-All inclusive show (limited by space)

-Art is limited to 1 square foot, 12”x12”.

-Art may be less than 12″ x 12″ but does not need to be square.

-Each 12”x12” space in the show had a $12 hanging fee.

-Each work requires a fee.
-Pre-Register 12 spaces and get an extra space for free.
-Works will be submitted including, but not limited to, photography, painting, mixed media, sculpture, lead, ceramics, glass, and more.

-12% commission for sales in the gallery.
-Prices are limited to $300.

-Patron’s of artdc get a $1 discount per work.

Install Saturday May 1st, 2010

Reception / Party May 22nd in conjunction with the Hyattsville Arts Festival.

Spring Craft Weekend Approaches!

>More event updates for CraftWeek DC 2010 -
James Renwick Alliance
invites you to join them for an Après Dinner Reception and silent auction featuring unique, one-of –a kind craft items from regional and national artists. The reception consists of a delectable dessert buffet catered by Top Chef Season 5 finalist Carla Hall and will include the opportunity to mingle with art lovers and artists from the Washington area and beyond.

Carla Hall

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at or by calling 301-907-3888.
Proceeds from this event will help support the Renwick Gallery of the
Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Please RSVP by April 19, 2010.

When: Friday, April 23, 2010 from 9:00 PM – 11:30 PM.

Where: Long View Gallery
1234 9th St, NW
Washington, DC

Long View Gallery

Click HERE to jump to the Spring Craft Weekend JRA list of events.

Pecha Kucha with NoVA’s AIA


As part of Architecture Week 2010, the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects will have a Pecha Kucha mashup (a series of short slide presentations – approx 6 minutes each- on cool, entertaining topics held where conversation, ideas and drinks can flow) – and I am one of the scheduled speakers – talking about art, architecture and glass (so you know it will be a cool and entertaining night!). Other speakers include: Kevin Wyllie, Architect, Catholic University School of Architecture; Ron Anzalone, Archeologist; Tom Kamm, Theatrical Stage Designer; Chul Park, Graphic Artist, Forest Allread, Artist, Corcoran School of Art; Brian Frickie, Architect; and others.

Come and join us! – A great way to meet other artists, architects and designers – @ the Light Horse Restaurant in the Old Town section of Alexandria.

What: NoVA’s AIA PechaKucha 20 x 20 Night
When: April 13
Doors open at 6:00p with presentations beginning at 7:00p
Light Horse Restaurant & Bar, 715 King Street Alexandria, VA.
Enjoy food and drink and discover a fun way to share ideas and experiences as presenters illustrate something they are passionate about with only 20 images, shown for 20 seconds each. The event is free, although attendees will be purchasing their own refreshments. Reservations are not required.