GlassBoston

You might recall the postabout the cancellation of the G.A.S. Boston conference. In the wake of the G.A.S. conference cancellation, The Society of Arts and Crafts, MIT Glass Lab, APG/NOCA, and Strattman Design have organized “GlassBoston” –

a  conference that will be held in Boston and Cambridge this June.  GlassBoston includes workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and tours, as well as a nonjuried glass show and sale that will be open to the public. Information (and registration access) is posted on the website of The Society of Arts and Crafts: http://www.societyofcrafts.org/learn/glassboston.asp.

GlassBoston has been designed for emerging, mid-career and established artists and the public interested in glass. Highlights include:

-  Lectures by glass and origami artists Erik and Martin Demaine; Professor of Materials Science Michael J. Cima; and an associate from James Carpenter Design Associates.

-  A symposium on the use of CAD and rapid prototyping tools and technologies, including artists Tavs Jorgensen and Norwood Viviano.

-  Tours of the MIT Media Lab, Center for Bits and Atoms, and the MIT Museum.

-  A one-day come-one-come-all glass show and sale, open to all attendees and the public.

-  Demonstrations by Rik and Shelley Allen, James Mongrain, Pablo Soto, Mark Petrovic, Hank Adams, Deborah Czeresko, Matthew Szosz, Alexander Rosenburg, Wesley Fleming and others to be announced.

-  Tours to studios, museums, galleries and private collections.


GlassBoston attendance is limited to 200, so if interested, you need to sign up soon.

Housing will be available in the MIT dorm New House – single ($68) and double ($88). 
Click HERE to jump to registration site. 

Glass Art Society Cancels 2013 Boston Conference!

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If you have not heard the news by now, you will soon. The Boston GAS conference for 2013 has been cancelled. There is no replacement site. There will be no conference in 2013.
From email:
The Glass Art Society (GAS) has held a continuous succession of conferences since its inauguration in 1971. In 2012, we celebrated glass and its history in an extremely successful event in Toledo. Today, after careful consideration and with deep regret, the Board of the Glass Art Society has decided unanimously to cancel the 2013 conference in Boston.

The Board and staff of GAS are committed to developing an excellent conference for our membership and we recognize that our members would accept nothing less. We understand the importance of your investment in the Glass Art Society each year as you travel to attend the conference and want to ensure that you have the best experience possible. Unfortunately, after nearly two years of planning and working hard alongside the Boston co-chairs, we were unable to secure suitable venues and indispensable funding necessary for the conference’s success this June. This decision is due largely to the internal complexity of the interdependent partnering agencies and the unpredictable time factor in which each independent decision had to be deliberated within each partnering entity. Essentially, the process and unforeseen problems exceeded the time frame required to launch and secure a fiscally responsible and logistically and professional successful conference.

This year, GAS will be providing numerous opportunities aside from a traditional annual conference. We have been working hard on new programs and strongly encourage you to keep watch for announcements of exciting events during the upcoming year. Members can look forward to webinars, regional events, tours and an improved web site with new functionalities, offering you a place to increase your knowledge and understanding of the developing field of creative work expressed in the medium of glass. Meanwhile, a strong and redesigned conference is in preparation for 2014, which will retain popular components but will also allow us to plan programs that reflect the expanded field. We will announce the GAS Conference location and dates in February. Also, ongoing investigations into securing an international conference venue continue.

There is much to look forward to in the coming year and we thank you for your continued support. The Glass Art Society is the largest and oldest organization for glass of its kind and the Board is always making their decisions with the organization and its members’ best interest at heart.

Sincerely,

Jutta-Annette Page, Ph.D.
Board President

The GAS website has no mention. Online rumors are that GAS 2013 is cancelled because of lack of funding and issues in appropriate venue acquisition.  Bummer. 
Jan 10, 2013: Update: Click HERE to jump to Urban Glass’ blog online interview with GAS honchos on what happened to Boston.