2009 Special Conference Events

2009 Special Conference Events

  • Pre-Conference Reception
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Opening Reception
  • An Evening in the Gaffer District
  • Neon on the Bridge (Call for Entry - Due April 1st)
  • Closing Night Party
  • Glass Fashion Show

Pre-Conference Reception

Kick-Off Dinner and Private Tour
Corning Incorporated Headquarters
Wednesday, June 10, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

LIMIT: 190 guests - Reservations will be made by the date received.
Price: $150/person

Special Fundraising Event
Advanced Registration Required

Enjoy an elegant, private dinner and an exclusive tour of glass sculpture installations that were commissioned for the East and West wings of the Corning Incorporated World Headquarters Building in downtown Corning.  Featured works are by Peter Aldridge, Dale Chihuly, Erwin Eisch, Rury Iwata, Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova, Donald Lipski, William Morris, Therman Statom, Bertil Vallien, Harumi Yukutake, and Dana Zamecnikova. These works are not usually offered for public view. This dinner is hosted by Jim Flaws (Chairman, Corning Museum of Glass) and Marie McKee (President, Corning Museum of Glass).

The Pre-Conference Reception is a fundraiser that supports low conference registration fees for student members of GAS. You must be registered in advance for the Pre-Conference Reception in order to attend as space is limited.

Opening Ceremony

Corning Museum Of Glass Auditorium
Thursday, June 11, 1 - 5 pm

Join GAS at the Opening Ceremony to kick off the conference events!

1:00 p.m. Welcomes & Blessing by Native American artist and Faithkeeper G. Peter Jemison of the Seneca Nation, Heron Clan (a tribe native to New York State)
1:15 p.m. Welcome from Shane Fero, GAS President, and the Corning conference co-chairs
2:00 p.m. Lifetime Membership Award presentation to John Leighton
3:00 p.m. Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to Marvin Lipofsky
4:00 p.m. Keynote presentation by Tim MacFarlane (Design Partner at Dewhurst MacFarlane and Partners. He works with leading architects on challenging structures, where the structural engineering is essential to the aesthetic. Since 1991, he has headed the innovation of the use of structural glass. He has taught architectural students for 20 years. He has been appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and is on the council of the Architectural Association in London, as well as a Visiting Professor at Yale University.)

Take the free Corning Museum shuttle to the Opening Reception at the Rockwell Museum, or walk across the pedestrian bridge (about a 10-minute walk).

Opening Reception

Rockwell Museum of Western Art
Thursday, June 11, 5 - 6:30 pm

Kick off the GAS conference with a Western-themed evening at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art. Enjoy live music and food and explore the Museum’s amazing collection of American Western and Native American art, as well as its special exhibitions of glass by Tammy Garcia and traditional Iroquois raised glass beadwork.

A shuttle will run beginning at 6:30 pm to the Woodburning Furnace at Corning Community College.

Gaffers in the Gaffer District Photo Opportunity

Centerway Square
6:45 p.m.

Join your fellow gaffers for a group photo in the center of the Gaffer District.

Woodburning Furnace

Corning Community College
Thursday, June 11, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 pm

Fred Herbst, Associate Professor of Art at Corning Community College, and Steve Gibbs, Manager of Hot Glass Programs at The Corning Museum of Glass, will demonstrate an outdoor wood-fired oven, used to simultaneously melt glass and fire ceramic objects.
Shuttles will begin running at 6:00 p.m. from the Rockwell Museum to the wood-burning furnace at Corning Community College. Last shuttle will leave Corning Community College at 9:00 p.m.

An Evening In The Gaffer District

Friday, June 12, 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 pm
Downtown Corning

Stroll historic downtown Gaffer District shops, galleries, and restaurants for a tasting of Finger Lakes wines and beer, and a pizza crawl at great local New York-style pizza parlors and restaurants. Enjoy glassmaking demos in Centerway Square.

Bring your ID to a proofing tent (at the Information Center/Baron Steuben Place next to Centerway Square, on Bridge Street or at the Radisson), where, for $10, you can get your wristband and souvenir glass for samplings. (Must be 21 years or older to participate in wine tastings). 

Show your conference badge at select restaurants for special deals.

Neon on the Bridge - Call for Entries (Apply by April 1st)       

Friday,  June 12, 9 - 11 pm
Pedestrian Bridge, near Centerway Square

At night fall, gather on Corning’s pedestrian bridge for a dazzling display of illuminated artwork. The show is coordinated by Angus Powers of Alfred University and features the work of a variety of students and artists. 

Interested in exhibiting?
To Apply:
email the following by April 1st to Angus Powers
  1. 2 images (maximum 5"x7" at 150 dpi)
  2. Image descriptions and space requirements needed for displaying
  • No piece can use over 500 watts
  • No fire/s and all work must be safe for the public and kids
  • All works must be free standing or have own stands
  • No work or parts of work can hang off the bridge
  • Artists are responsible for shipping/bringing work to and from the exhibition
  • Artists are responsible for all hardware and electrical needs to reach power strips which will be provided at the lamp posts
  • Artists are responsible for installation and take down of the work on the day of the exhibition
  • Set up of the exhibition will begin on the morning of Friday, June 12th
The Glass Art Society and organizers  are not responsible or liable for breakage, theft, or loss.
Organizers are:
Angus M Powers, chair; Fred Tschida; Dan Buckingham; Evan Jespersen

Closing Night Party

CMOG Auditorium
2300° for GAS Attendees
Saturday, June 13, 8 pm - 12 am

Experience CMOG’s signature 2300° event, open this evening only to GAS Conference attendees. Live music and special glassmaking demos on the Museum’s outdoor Hot Glass Show stage. Free food and a cash bar.

Glass Fashion Show

CMOG Auditorium
Saturday, June 13, 8:45 pm
Event will take place during the Closing Night Party

When Laura Donefer put on the very first Glass Fashion Show at the GAS conference in Toronto in 1989, she had no clue that it would become one of the most anticipated events in the glass world. After organizing over 10 Glass Fashion Shows in a number of different venues, Laura is back at Corning with what will be one of the most spectacular Glass Fashion Shows ever! Artists from around the world have been working and playing very hard to come up with glass creations that are wearable and fun to see…come early for a front row seat, and watch the artists strut their glassy stuff!

If you would like to participate with your own costume using glass and parade on stage at the Corning Museum of glass during the Closing Night Party - contact Laura Donefer

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