Norfolk, Chrysler Museum and Chrysler Glass Studio Host Glass Art Society International Conference

norfolk GAS conferenceThe Glass Art Society (GAS) will hold their 46th annual conference, Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance at Norfolk, VA’s Chrysler Museum of Art and its Perry Glass Studio. From June 1–3, 2017, attendees will experience technical glass demonstrations on various glass processes and topics; lectures on science and art; and special events such as a local gallery hop, goblet grab, international student exhibition, and live and silent auction. Participants will also witness one of the Studio’s most exciting features, its groundbreaking theatrical glass performances, for which the Studio is quickly establishing a national reputation.

“We are thrilled to have selected Norfolk for the first time as our host city for the 2017 GAS conference,” said Pamela Koss, Glass Art Society Executive Director. “Artists from across the country and around the world will be introduced to the expansive glass collection of the Chrysler Museum and discover the state-of-the-art Perry Glass Studio.”

Both the Museum and the Glass Studio also serve as an anchor for Norfolk’s blossoming arts district. New Energy of Norfolk, or NEON. A number of arts venues in Norfolk and adjacent city of Portsmouth will feature exhibits of glass artwork, including Glass Wheel Studio and  The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, the latter featuring an incredible showcase of works by artists of the Washington Glass School and Virginia Glass Guild.

The 2017 GAS conference is co-chaired by Diane Wright, the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass; Charlotte Potter; and community volunteers Virginia Hitch and Colin McKinnon.

“The Chrysler Museum of Art is extremely pleased to host the 2017 Glass Art Society conference,” Wright said. “We are eager to welcome so many artists working in the field of glass to Norfolk, a community with a tremendous passion for supporting the arts, especially glass. For this conference we invite the international glass community to explore the deep history that glass has to offer, as well as to highlight some of the future movements in the field.”

For more info about the 2017 Norfolk Conference – click HERE.

About the Glass Art Society
The Glass Art Society is an international non-profit organization founded in 1971 whose purpose is to encourage excellence, to advance education, to promote the appreciation and development of the glass arts, and to support the worldwide community of artists who work with glass.

GAS Member Juried Exhibition Opens at Norfolks’ Glass Wheel Studio

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OPENING Saturday, May 27 | 7-10PM
On view May 28 – July 16
FREE ADMISSION

The opening celebration of the 2017 Glass Art Society (GAS) Member Juried Exhibition is set for May 27th. This exhibition will be a highlight of the 46th annual conference, Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance. The GAS Member Juried Exhibition is designed to showcase the excellence and diversity of work created in glass by Glass Art Society members.

Featuring Works by:
James Akers | Julie Alland | Barbara Atkinson | Nisha Bansil | Emily Bartelt | Megan Biddle | Conrad Bishop | Jen Blazina | Kate Clements | Shaun Conroy | Jenny Crescuillo | Scott Darlington | Jerre Davidson Glass | Jonathan Davis | Cheryl Patrice Derricotte | Courtney Dodd | Karen Donnellan | Davin Ebanks | Jean M. Fernandes | Morgan Gilbreath | Jack Gramann | Jennifer Halvorson | Mollie Marie Hansen | Ji Huang | Krista Israel | Robert Mickelsen | Kathleen Mitchell | Sharyn O’Mara | Clare Peters Art Glass | Suzy Peterson | Spencer Pittenger and Gina Zetts | Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles | Quade Leana | Lisa Beth Robinson and Kristin Thielking | Liesl Schubel| Maia Stern | Susan Taylor Glasgow and Janis Miltenberger | Louis Thompson and Hanne Enemark | Nancy Weisser | Amy Whittingham Glass | Benjamin Watkins Wright

GAS Member Juried Exhibition Glass Wheel Studio, 128 W Olney Rd, Norfolk 23510

Washington Glass School & Virginia Glass Guild Explore New Directions In Special Glass Exhibit

Erwin Timmers talks about the environmental themes that are part of his glass artwork to Gayle Paul - Curator at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Erwin Timmers talks about the environmental themes that are part of his glass artwork to Gayle Paul – Curator at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center. For this exhibit, PACC joins with the Chrysler Museum of Art and regional art facilities to celebrate the art of glass as Norfolk, VA hosts the Glass Art Society Conference from June 1-3, 2017.

Tying into the creativity that is part of the Glass Art Society 2017 conference in Norfolk, artists of the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild are creating a joint exhibit at the nearby Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (PACC). Titled “EMBRACING NARRATIVE: Artwork of the Washington Glass School and Virginia Glass Guild”, the show will feature works by members of the two glass organizations. Together these organizations promote the awareness and advancement of glass through ideas, theory, sculptural design, technology and installation. 

Audrey Wilson talks about her plasma-charged narrative assemblages.

Audrey Wilson talks about her plasma-charged narrative assemblages.

Gayle Paul, the Curator of the PACC came to the Washington Glass School this weekend to finalize selection of glass artworks. The jurors of the exhibit are Diane Wright, Curator of Glass, Chrysler Museum of Art and Sheila Giolitti, Mayer Fine Art Gallery.

Featured Washington Glass School artists include: Michael Janis, Tim Tate, and Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson, Diane Cabe, Sean Hennessey,  Allegra Marquart, Syl Mathis, Elizabeth Mears,  Debra Ruzinsky, Nancy Weisser, Erin Antognoli, Steve Durow, Jennifer Lindstrom, Sherry Selevan, and Jeff Zimmer.

Gayle Paul is intrigued by Allegra Marquart's combination of glass and textile for her sculptures.

Gayle Paul is intrigued by Allegra Marquart’s combination of glass and textile for her sculptures.

 

Embracing Narrative
Artwork of the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
400 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

March 3- June 4, 2017
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WGS & Virginia Glass Guild Collaborative Show @ Glass Art Society 2017 Conference

Washington Glass School and Virginia Glass Guild Collaborate for GAS Conference Exhibit

Washington Glass School and Virginia Glass Guild Collaborate for 2017 GAS Conference Exhibit in Norfolk, VA.

The Glass Art Society (GAS) is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage excellence and development of the glass arts, and to support the worldwide community of artists who work with glass. GAS selected Norfolk, VA’s Chrysler Museum 

The Chrysler Museum of Art Perry Glass Studio in Norfolk, VA.

The Chrysler Museum of Art Perry Glass Studio in Norfolk, VA.

of Art and its Perry Glass Studio as host for the 46th annual conference in 2017.

Tying into the creativity that is part of the GAS conference, artists of the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild are creating a joint exhibit at the nearby Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (March 3- June 4, 2017)

Titled “EMBRACING NARRATIVE:  Artwork of the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild”, the show will feature works by members of the Virginia Glass Guild and directors and studio artists at the Washington Glass School (WGS). 

Portsmouth Art Cultural Center

Portsmouth Art Cultural Center

Featured WGS artists include directors Michael Janis, Tim Tate, and Erwin Timmers, and studio artists Audrey Wilson, Diane Cabe, Sean Hennessey,  Allegra Marquart, Syl Mathis, Elizabeth Mears, Debra Ruzinsky, Nancy Weisser, Erin Antognoli, Steve Durow, Jennifer Lindstrom, Sherry Selevan, and Jeff Zimmer.

Embracing Narrative: Artwork of the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

400 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

March 3 – June 4, 2017

Josh Hershman Int’l 1st Place Glass Art Society Award

GAS International Student Online Exhibition 2014

GAS International Student Online Exhibition 2014

The Glass Art Society (GAS) held its second International Student Online Exhibition, a great new opportunity for student members to present their work to glass professionals, enthusiasts and fellow students from across the globe. Student members currently enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program submitted images of their work - seventy-eight students, representing 30 schools from 8 different countries, participated this year

The jurors were artisLaura Donefer; artist and curator at Bullseye Projects, Michael Endo; and owner of Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Amy Morgan. “After reviewing the work of all these talented people, I came to the happy conclusion that art being created with glass is alive and well in the world today, and that the new generation of artists are indeed bounding forward. There seems to be a technical virtuosity married to a deep conceptual sophistication, with many of the works being hauntingly profound,” said Laura Donefer. 

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JOSH HERSHMAN; Glass, alternative photo process, ceramic decals, size 32″ x 32″

First place went to Alfred University graduate student, Josh Hershman for his piece titled, Derealization, which employs functioning cast glass cameras to “manipulate light and encourage alternate ways of looking at photography by allowing the optical and fluid qualities of glass to bring new meaning and depth to the photographic image.”

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Josh had demonstrated his technique at the Washington Glass School during the Arizona Art Glass Alliance visit in April of 2014. His photo images of artists and collectors taken with cast glass camera during that time can be seen in the background of the photo used in the GAS International Student catalog – and they were on exhibit at SOFA Chicago this year. Click HERE to jump to the online version of the GAS catalog.

Josh Hershman uses his cast glass camera to photograph portraits at the Washington Glass School, April, 2014

Josh Hershman uses his cast glass camera to photograph portraits at the Washington Glass School, April, 2014

 

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.

Report From Glass Art Society Conference in Toledo

>Professor Tate has returned from the Toledo GAS Conference – loving all the events and talks. Said Tim about the conference “absolutely magnificent! ”  ”[Outgoing GAS President] Jeremy Lepisto’s gang did a spectacular job! and Laura Donefer’s fashion show blew me away. Such wonderful memories; so many new friends…..can’t wait till the conference next year in Boston focusing on the next 50 years!” Below are some photos taken while at the conference.

Marc Petrovic demos at GAS.
RIT’s University Glass Program head Michael Rogers.
Mark Angus – the UK Glass stained glass artist – whose work “Daily Bread” was admired by the Fulbrighters while visiting Durham Cathedral in the UK.
Artist Stephen Paul Day shares a drink with Erwin Eisch – one of the Studio Glass pioneers .
Semrin Kormaz – a student from Tim & Michael’s class in Istanbul’s Glass Furnace workshop catches up with Tim.
Artist Herb Babcock chats with Vanessa Cutler.
Tim Tate and Michael Janis’ work on “Images” exhibit at Walter Terhune Gallery.
Marc Petrovic artwork at Images show.
The end of the conference was highlighted by the Glass Fashion show led by Laura Donefer. Next year, the show is scheduled to take place in Boston, MA. Start planning now!

Susan Taylor Glasgow’s glass undergarments were the hit of the fashion show. (nb – the model is not Susan) 
The model here, however, IS Laura Donefer.

Getting GAS’d Up – Glass Art Society Conference Opens in Toledo

>In recognition of the Toledo Museum of Art’s role as the cradle of the American Studio Glass Movement, GAS will be holding its 2012 conference in Toledo, Ohio, June 13 – 17, 2012. 
Toledo is welcoming again artists from around the world to celebrate the achievements of the past and to explore the seemingly endless possibilities of glass. Professor Tim Tate will be on a panel with Matthew Szosz, Alexander Rosenberg and moderated by Andrew Page. The discussion is titled: Post Studio Glass    and will discuss how:
The work in glass being shown in galleries and art fairs still focuses on formalist object on a plinth. A new generation of glass artists is breaking with the existing glass art field to apply new strategies. Panelists speak with GLASS Quarterly editor Andrew Page about this generational shift and its implications.

POST STUDIO GLASS PANEL A Look at the New Parameters 
for Work in Glass
Saturday,June 16 at 1:45-3:15pm in the Seagate rooms 202-208


Click HERE for the conference program pdf.

If you are going to GAS, be sure to avail yourself of all the exhibitions that are part of the Studio Glass Movement’s 50th Anniversary. One of the shows (just outside of Toledo in the suburb of Perrysburg, OH) is a great mix of art work by artists that work with narrative imagery. Artwork by leading glass artists April Surgent, Therman Statom, Tim Tate, Marc Petrovic, Susan Taylor Glasgow, and Michael Janis.

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June 11- Sept 14, 2012

Walter E. Terhune Gallery

Ooh La La! Susan Taylor Glasgow ‘s “Glamorous Lift” @ GAS Auction

>Susan Taylor Glasgow plans to “support” the Glass Art Society by “lifting” the game of the auction. Her Glass Lingerie Set is part of Laura Donefer’s famed fashion show production that will be part of the the Glass Art Society 2012 Conference (June 13 – 17, 2012 in Toledo, OH).
This conference will specially celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement.

Laura Donefer had put a call for wearable glass creations as part of the auctions that provide the finale for the GAS conference. Susan Taylor Glasgow (the little minx) was once a seamstress, and now takes her needle and thread to glass. The award winning artist often references images of domestic bliss and nostalgic imagery to create sculpture that is strangely comforting and unexpected.
Click
here to jump to Susan’s website.

Hyperopia Projects’ Salon des Glass Refusés Launch Fundraiser

>Mentioned in an earlier blog posting, Hyperopia Projects is organizing a show of glass sculpture “Superpostion” in Seattle during the Glass Art Society Annual Conference to exhibit some of the most innovative and out-side mainstream glass and glass-related artwork. It will be held at the Center on Contemporary Art in June, 2011. The show’s jurors are Jack Wax, Jocelyne Prince, Jin Hongo and Michael Scheiner. Using the arts fundraising site of Kickstarter, the organization is seeking pledges to help get the show up and running. They have made a short video to help outline the purpose of the exhibition and how donations will be utilized.