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An international gathering of stained glass artisans, historians and conservators will convene at Bryn Athyn College in suburban Philadelphia for the 10th annual American Glass Guild Conference. This year’s conference, titled Glasstopia, and other public events will take place over a 5 day period from June 26 -30, 2014.

A highlight of the meeting will be the keynote presentation by internationally renowned glass artist Narcissus Quagliata, a public event on Friday evening June 27 at the Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn. Considered to be one of the most significant glass artists working today, Quagliata is recognized for his spectacular public glass installations, including the world’s largest illuminated glass dome ceiling, the Taiwan Dome of Light at the Taiwan train station, as well as the glass cupola Divinity in Light at the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome.

A juried exhibition of contemporary stained glass artists’ work, American Glass Now: 2014 will also be on display at the Glencairn Museum during this event, beginning on April 27 and will run through June 29.  On Saturday evening, June 28, there will be a live auction at Bryn Athyn College, which will include works by contemporary glass artists as well as other glass-related items.  The auction benefits the James Whitney Scholarship Fund of the American Glass Guild, which supports educational scholarships for artisans working in glass. The public is welcome to attend this event.

The Glasstopia conference also coincides with the Bryn Athyn Historic District’s Landmark in Lights celebration on Thursday, June 26, a free event on the grounds of Bryn Athyn which includes music and admission to the cathedral and museum.

For further information, or to register for these events, visit www.americanglassguild.org or

www.bahistoricdistrict.org, or call the Conference Chair, J. Kenneth Leap at 609 682 0456.  Pre-register to attend the auction by calling the Auction Chair, Patrice Schelkun at 215-837-0251.

 

Public Events at the 2014 American Glass Guild Conference:

Painting on Glass Student Exhibit & ArtSpace Opening Reception

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 26, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Doering Center at Bryn Athyn College

Join us for the first Painting on Glass Student Exhibition, as a part of ArtSpace, a new feature of the American Glass Guild Conference. ArtSpace will feature exhibits by AGG members, plus other exhibits, drawing events, critiques and demonstrations throughout the weekend. The opening reception coincides with Landmark in Lights, a yearly celebration in the Bryn Athyn Historic District.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Admission free.

Pre-registration required.  Register Online at: https://www.formstack.com/forms/AGG2014-publicevents

 

Exhibition: American Glass Now:2014

Glencairn Museum, Bryn Athyn Historic District

Dates: April 27 – June 30, 2014

American Glass Now: 2014, the American Glass Guild’s 3rd juried exhibition, is intended to give artists an opportunity to experiment, show their skills, be ambitious, have a dialogue with fellow artists, and show the public what stained glass can be. Free admission. Donations welcome.

Exhibition on view Weekdays with tour or by appointment; Saturdays 1:00-4:30.

 

Artist’s Reception and Award Ceremony: Friday, June 27, 6:00pm – 7:15pm

Limited public admission for Artist’s Reception

White wine and desserts will be served

Pre-registration for Artist’s Reception required.

Register Online at: https://www.formstack.com/forms/AGG2014-publicevents

 

American Glass Guild 2014 Keynote Presentation by Narcissus Quagliata

Glencairn Museum, Bryn Athyn Historic District

Friday, June 27, 7:30pm (following American Glass Now: 2014 Artist’s Reception at 6:00pm)

World renowned stained glass artist and designer, Narcissus Quagliata, will deliver the American Glass Guild 2014 Conference Keynote address from the Great Hall at Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, PA.  He is the subject of the book, Narcissus Quagliata: Archetypes and Visions in Light and Glass, published in 2013. Considered to be one of the most significant glass artists working today, Quagliata is recognized for his spectacular public glass installations, including the world’s largest illuminated glass dome ceiling, the Taiwan Dome of Light at the Taiwan train station, as well as the glass cupola Divinity in Light at the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome.

Admission free. Limited seating.  Pre-registration required.

Register Online at: https://www.formstack.com/forms/AGG2014-publicevents

 

2014 American Glass Guild Live Auction

Brickman Center, Bryn Athyn College

Saturday, June 28, 7:30pm-9:30pm; Preview at 7:00pm

A live auction of unique glass-related items, including original stained glass art and other original works by various artists and members of the American Glass Guild. We welcome the public to participate in bidding during our Live Auction to help support the AGG’s James C. Whitney Scholarship Fund. Since 2007, the Whitney Scholarship Fund has awarded 96 scholarships to worthy recipients – to take workshops, attend conferences, help fund accredited education or to travel nationally and internationally, honing their skills and knowledge.

Cash bar and light refreshments available.

Admission free.  Pre-registration required.

Register Online at: https://www.formstack.com/forms/AGG2014-publicevents

Questions? call Patrice Schelkun, Auction Chair at 215-837-0251