Letter from the GAS President
The Glass Art Society is thrilled to hold its 41st annual conference in Seattle, Washington.
Since last being in Seattle – eight years ago – the GAS conference has seen a lot of movement. We have convened in seven cities on two continents, continuing 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.
Every GAS conference is a chance to learn something new. Each conference supplies contemporary topics that haven’t been previously addressed, provides innovative techniques that have never before been demonstrated, and introduces fresh faces to our community. This steady flow of new ideas and identities comes partly from the conference changing its location each year. With each location, GAS provides an international forum that highlights and explores the best of each city’s individual glass scene. It’s time to see what’s new in Seattle!
Seattle is a city well known to all when it comes to hand-blown glass in the United States. It is a city that has provided a beginning and a home to many great glass artists, collections, organizations, studios, and galleries. It has long been a destination city for the entire spectrum of glass artists, collectors, and enthusiasts involved in our community. For this reason, it is fitting that our 2011 annual conference in Seattle be called Creative Crossroads.
This conference is a chance to stop and catch up with friends, to witness Seattle and its progress. It is a place where we can come together as an international community to share our ideas and discover new ones. It is an opportunity to discuss the path that has delivered our medium to this moment and an occasion to discuss the best direction in which to carry us forward successfully.
Please look through this brochure to see the incredible array of presenters, demonstrators, panel discussions, tours, and special events planned for the conference. Imagine being able to attend the Pre-Conference Reception fundraiser at the Chihuly Boathouse, going to all the shows on the Gallery Hop, and getting to party at the Seattle Art Museum. Then, join us in Seattle in June to get inspired and be active in your community!
It will be great to see you there!
Letter from the Conference Co-Chairs
Please join us in Seattle, a city that celebrates its native cultures and values the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains and water; a place that respects history and embraces innovative thinking and has served time and again as a catalyst for companies –Microsoft, Boeing, and Amazon, to name a few.
Seattle is honored to be the host city for the 2011 Glass Art Society conference – to serve as the Creative Crossroads for the world of glass. From the founding of the Pilchuck Glass School in 1971, to the opening of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma in 2002 and the establishment of the first hot-glass degree program in the Pacific Northwest by the University of Washington in 2009, the region is recognized worldwide as a center of glass.
The conference is packed with demonstrations, presentations, studio visits, and workshops. Both the pre- and post-conference days present a chance to explore. Visit the city of Tacoma, home of the Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Art Museum; travel north to the Schack Art Center in Everett and the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood; and check out the many studios and galleries in Seattle.
Pratt Fine Arts Center and the Seattle Glassblowing Studio, together with the mobile hot-shop unit of The Corning Museum of Glass, will host fascinating demonstrations by a powerhouse of exceptional artists.
The Sheraton, our host hotel, is downtown, surrounded by museums, galleries, great shopping, and wonderful restaurants. The hotel is just across the street from the Convention Center, which will host presentations, the Tech Display, and the CMoG Hot Glass Roadshow. Stroll over to Pike Place Market, one of the oldest operating public markets in the country. A short bus ride takes you to the Seattle Art Museum’s sculpture park, where you’ll find major contemporary works and breathtaking views of Puget Sound.
We welcome you to Seattle and hope that you will not only find the conference stimulating and intriguing, but that you will have the chance to enjoy our home.
Chuck Lopez, Joanna C. Sikes, Cyrena Stefano, Paula Stokes