Glass Art Society Seeks 2012 Proposals

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Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of floto + warner


The Glass Art Society Board of Directors is requesting proposals for lectures, lec-mo’s, demonstrations and panels for the 2012 Toledo, Ohio conference relating to the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass “Roots” in America.
You do not need to be a member of GAS to submit a presentation proposal.

Glass Art Society 42nd Annual Conference
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass “Roots” in America
Toledo, Ohio June 13-16, 2012

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS:
OCTOBER 25, 2010


Click HERE to jump to GAS’ submission requirements.

Glass Art Society Announces New Location for 2011 Conference

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The new President of the Glass Art Society, Jeremy Lepisto, has advised where the relocated 2011 conference will be held – Seattle, WA. You might recall there was a bit of controversy in the cancellation of the original venue in Tuscon, AZ.

Below is the GAS information on the 2011 conference:
In line with our mission, the Board of Directors of the Glass Art Society is happy to announce that the 2011 Glass Art Society Conference will be held in Seattle, Washington, June 1-4, 2011. The 2011 conference will also feature a Day of Glass in Tacoma, WA, on Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

This 2011 Conference will celebrate the community and diversity of glass throughout the country and the world.

We know from listening to you that one of the most important aspects of the GAS conference experience to you is connecting with other artists. We are working to make an intimate conference experience for you with the downtown Sheraton Seattle as the conference hotel, which features a Pilchuck Glass Collection and plenty of spaces for networking and connecting. Some of the 2011 GAS Conference features will be the Pre-conference Fundraising Reception at Dale Chihuly’s Boat House; lectures and the auction at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel; and Technical Display, lectures, and demos on the CMoG Hot Glass Road Show across the street at the Washington State Convention Center. A variety of demos will also be held at Pratt Fine Arts Center and Seattle Glassblowing Studio. The Closing Night Party will be held at the recently expanded Seattle Art Museum, just blocks away from the Sheraton. Special tours to Pilchuck Glass School will be offered on Sunday, June 5.

The featured Day of Glass in Tacoma, WA, on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, will offer demos at the Museum of Glass and studios, and free admission to the Tacoma Art Museum…

Thank you so much for your support of the Glass Art Society. We’ll see you in Seattle for the GAS conference in 2011! The Glass Art Society office is located at 6512 23rd Ave NW, Suite 329, Seattle, WA 98117; e-mail is info@glassart.org or call 206-382-1305.

Best regards,

Jeremy Lepisto President and Pamela Koss Executive Director

Incoming president Jeremy Lepisto took over from Shane Fero at the end of the 2010 GAS Conference just held in Louisville, Ky. Jeremy and his wife, glass artist Mel George, had recently moved to Australia, and will have the challenge of long-distance coordination with the GAS offices in Seattle.


Incoming GAS president Jeremy Lepisto (left) is knighted by outgoing president Shane Fero, and handed the official copy of Robert’s Rules of Order.
from Glass Quarterly Hot Sheet blog

GAS Clarifies Arizona Conf Cancellation

>An earlier post listed the Glass Art Society (GAS) cancellation of the planned 2011 GAS Conference in Tuscon Arizona.

The Board of Directors for GAS has issued a clarification, emailed out to the members of the glass artist organization on the reasons behind the decision to cancel the Arizona conference.

“Dear GAS Members:

The Board of Directors and the Executive Director would like to thank you for your many communications regarding the recent decision to cancel the 2011 Annual Conference in Tucson for financial reasons. It became evident from the many comments we received, both supporting and opposing the decision, that further explanation regarding our organization’s budgeting process would be helpful to all.

From the onset, the Board did not make this decision based on the new Arizona immigration law. Personal opinions of Board Members cannot be allowed to influence such an important decision, and the diversity of the Board ensures this. GAS depends financially on its Annual Conference to generate funds for operating the association. Our membership dues alone do not pay for all we do: staffing, office rental, communications, travel, website, GASnews, the GAS Journal, etc…we need to make money at the Conference not just to survive, but to thrive. A poorly attended Conference puts a serious strain on the finances, if not jeopardizing the organization financially.

Without getting into too much financial detail (a budget is provided and discussed at the annual business meeting): the Conference needs to have a surplus of about $175,000 to cover all associated costs. In addition, a financial “bolster” is needed to cover the International Conferences, which are part of our mission but are also much more costly. We do have a contingency account invested for the long term, but due to the economy and conference attendance, this reserve will be tapped into this year. GAS therefore finds itself in a particularly sensitive year financially, which affects all of its decisions.
How does the Conference support the organization? In several ways:
REGISTRATION FEES
HOTEL REBATES TO NON-PROFITS
TOURS
WEDNESDAY PRECONFERENCE RECEPTION/DINNER (Fundraiser)
THE GAS AUCTION
SITE CITY CONTRIBUTION ($100,000 MINIMUM)
Our finances become critical when attendance is poor. The following leads to losses for the organization:
LOSSES IN REGISTRATION FEES
HOTEL ATTRITION PAYMENTS INSTEAD OF REBATES
CANCELLATION OF TOURS
NO INCOME AT THE BENEFIT
LOWER INCOME AT THE AUCTION
DROP IN MEMBERSHIP INCOME DUE TO LACK OF RENEWALS (SOME MEMBERS TEND TO RENEW ONLY WHEN THEY COME TO THE CONFERENCE)

All of this adds up, sometimes in the hundreds of thousands, and goes against our Annual Budget. How did this affect our decision to cancel Tucson?

POOR ATTENDANCE AT ANY CONFERENCE, DESPITE A BEAUTIFULLY PLANNED PROGRAM, MEANS WE WILL BE DIPPING INTO OUR CONTINGENCY FUNDS.
THE TUCSON SITE COMMITTEE HAD YET TO SECURE ENOUGH FUNDS FROM THE CITY OR REGIONAL PROVIDERS TO MEET THE $100,000 COMMITMENT, DESPITE GOING THROUGH THEIR HIGH SEASON.
THE PROSPECT OF MEMBERS NOT ATTENDING BECAUSE OF THEIR OPPOSITION TO THE IMMIGRATION POLICY WOULD HAVE MEANT AN EVEN GREATER FINANCIAL BURDEN TO THE ORGANIZATION.
WE HAVE A SMALL WINDOW TO FIND ANOTHER LOCATION THAT WOULD NOT BE OBJECTIONABLE TO OUR MEMBERSHIP.

We, the Board of Directors of the Glass Art Society, have a difficult job ahead of us. Not only do we oversee the programming for the organization and the Conference, we also have the responsibility for its financial survival. We want to be able to pass the Board over to future members in sound shape, as we have so far. Let me assure you that we have struggled with the weighty decision of canceling a Conference site, we did so to guarantee Conferences in the future.
The Board will be meeting on Saturday, June 12, at 12 noon the Rose Room of the Marriott Hotel for the Annual Business Meeting. Anyone who has further questions about Tucson, the budget, or GAS in general, should attend this meeting, as it is open to all members.

Best regards,

Shane Fero
President
Glass Art Society “

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.

UPDATE:

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.

2010 Glass Art Society Conference

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This coming June, the 40th GAS conference will be held, this time in nearby Louisville, KY – some great events, lectures, demos and honors are scheduled! Lino Tagliapietra will be doing a demo; Mark Peiser is honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award; lectures by some of the glass gods – like Richard Jolley; panels with Glass School favorites Tommie Rush and Jeremy Lepisto, Eddie Bernard, Judith Schaechter; Lec-Mos (Lecture + Demo?) by Oben Albright, Jeff Wallin, and so much more.
Registration opens Dec 1. For a pdf of the Conference Brochure click HERE