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From the GAS President
For the first time ever, the Glass Art Society will meet in Chicago. The city has long embraced the arts and the creative sector, and its abundance of cultural gems in art, architecture, and education attest to this commitment. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Commissioner for Cultural Affairs and Events, Michelle Boone have made the arts a focal point of their vision for Chicago and we are grateful for their enthusiasm and support of GAS since the onset of conference planning.
The focus for the 2014 conference is strengthening the glass art community by fostering new collaborations. Chicago-native Theaster Gates could be expected to deliver a thought-provoking keynote lecture by virtue of his ranking in ArtReview as one of the 100 most powerful people in the business today. Gates, who is a sculptor, an installation and performance artist, and a community activist also brings another dimension to the art world through his work, presenting his ideas at the 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The restored Palmer House Hotel, which combines Gilded Age glamor with green energy and sustainability concepts, will be the central hub for the conference, providing comfortable rooms, large lecture halls, and spacious accommodations for Tech Display and galleries. GAS is partnering with Ignite Glass Studios LLC as its major sponsor, West Supply Inc., and the School of the Art institute of Chicago, among others, as additional locations offering unique opportunities to strengthen inter-personal exchanges and collaboration.
We hope that you will join the conference co-chairs Trish and Glen Tullman, Angie West, and deb and John gross for an exciting conference program, designed to accelerate what we already know into what is not yet perceived. Plan now to come, exchange your experiences, make new contacts, inspire others and be inspired. See you in Chicago!
From the Conference Co-Chairs
This year’s conference theme, Strengthening Community, Collaboration, Forging New Bonds, highlights the social and entrepreneurial spirit that is building momentum within the glass art community. We understand more than ever the power of art and the glass arts in particular to impact change in our communities and move our industry, with all of its innovation and vitality, into exciting new collaborations across art mediums. Collectively, this movement has no bounds and will transform the making and commerce of glass art for generations to come. Our goal for the 2014 conference is to offer a platform to spark the creative imagination of conference attendees to strengthen the connections and scale the possibilities for collaboration and find new pathways to impact our communities locally and globally.
And what better place to create this environment for innovation than Chicago! With our rich, thriving cultural history, Chicago is and continues to become a masterpiece of innovation in the arts, architecture and entertainment. The City of ‘Big Shoulders’ is home to renowned public art displays, galleries and cultural museums along with new parks and public places to celebrate the arts. Our museums are second to none. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. During the GAS Conference, the MCA will feature a groundbreaking new collection entitled, City Self, reflecting portraits of Chicago by locals to visions of our city by outsiders. Steps away from the Palmer House Hotel, you’ll find the Art institute of Chicago, which contains one of the world’s great art collections, including the well-known, American Gothic. And, for glass admirers, the newly restored Driehaus Museum is not to be missed. The museum offers a fascinating view of one of the few remaining examples of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America’s Gilded Age. The inaugural exhibition – Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures From the Driehaus Collection – will be on display during the GAS conference and private tours for conference attendees will be available.
Finally, be sure to take a stroll along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront and enjoy its 10-acre park containing the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Shedd Aquarium. And this only touches the surface of the cultural treasures Chicago has in store for you! We welcome you to Chicago. We are both excited and honored to be able to help facilitate the dazzling synergy that will emerge as individual and collective imaginations are ignited with new ideas, practices, techniques and materials.
The Glass Art Society reserves the right to deny applications for Technical Display, advertising participation, GAS membership or the conference from anyone for any reason.