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With the publication of the Summer issue, the San Jose GAS conference will be just a few days away. Members will have their transportation and lodging booked, and their last task will be to leaf through their Program Books, or the new GAS conference mobile app, and plot their itinerary to see their favorite presenters. The San Jose GAS conference has a diverse and exciting range of lectures, demos, and lec-mos that represent the wealth of talented artists that reside in California, alongside presentations that show how glass and technology can inform one another. This issue highlights a few of the many dynamic presentations you should be sure not to miss.
For those coming to California for the first time, Michelle Knox has written an op-ed about the history of the California glass community and how a handful college glass programs created fertile ground of a diverse and dynamic glass scene to thrive over the past 50 years. Natali Rodrigues covers Mildred Howard, an artist based in the Bay Area, whose immersive sculptures and installations look critically at the painful history of slavery and discrimination in America. I have written a piece about Nik Weinstein, an artist based in San Francisco, who is constantly innovating to create swirling architectural glass sculptures that defy gravity. Amanda Wilcox, our student rep, covers the Becky Winship scholarship winner, Meredith Lopez, in her student profile and looks at the California College of the Arts in her school profile.
Of the non-Californians, David Schnuckel warms us up for the provocative Strattman Lecture, The Critical Vacuum by Hyperopia Projects. The lecture, by the trio Helen Lee, Matt Szösz and Alex Rosenberg, will discuss the perceived lack of critical discourse in the glass field. The Labino Lecture is also a panel, and will discuss the newly-launched specialty glass residency at Corning. Finally, Grace Meils covers the well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Paul Stankard.
By now, GAS Board members already have their boots on the ground getting ready for the outstanding event we have planned, from exhibitions, to receptions, presentations, demos, and of course – the GAS Auction. While this issue covers many of the named lectures, there are still a host of demos, lec-mos, and lectures to see. As for me, I need to get back to my GAS mobile app – see you in San Jose!
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