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Pamela Koss, Executive Director
GAS CONCLUDES THEIR 2009 CONFERENCE IN CORNING, NY
Corning, NY – On June 11 – 13, 2009, the city of Corning, NY welcomed glass artists, collectors and enthusiasts for the 39th annual Glass Art Society conference. More than 1400 GAS members from over 30 different countries attended the conference to hear lectures, see demonstrations, visit Technical Display booths, network and make connections with friends, both old and new.
Additionally, Corning Community College welcomed guests to view their newly built wood burning furnace on Thursday evening after An Evening in the Gaffer District. Demonstrated by Fred Herbst, Associate Professor of Art at Corning Community College and Steve Gibbs, Manager of Hot Glass Programs at CMoG, the outdoor wood-fired oven was used to simultaneously melt glass and fire ceramic objects.
The conference featured lectures and demonstrations at the Corning Museum of Glass, as well as throughout the Corning community. Lectures were held in the mornings, as had been done at the previous two GAS conferences, with demonstrations occurring in the afternoon.
The Opening Ceremony was held at the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium and featured the Lifetime Achievement Award being awarded to Marvin Lipofsky, a founding member of the Glass Art Society and glass pioneer, and the Lifetime Membership Award being awarded to John Leighton, former board member of GAS and glass educator. This year’s Keynote Address was given by Tim MacFarlane, who helped to forge new ground in the use of structural glass in architecture.
Corning’s community embraced the conference and its attendees while hosting events such as the Opening Reception at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, An Evening in the Gaffer District – which featured wine and beer tasting from some of the local Finger Lake region’s wineries and microbreweries, and the Closing Night Party, 2300º For GAS Attendees which was held at the CMoG Auditorium. 171 Cedar Arts Center opened its doors to host the International Student Exhibition and Goblet Grab, as well as many local storefronts showcased local and international glass artists throughout Corning’s downtown.
This year’s annual auction once again proved successful with both a live auction - which raised more than $40,000 for GAS - and a silent auction taking place throughout the evening. GAS was pleased to have many artists contribute to the auction, including Cesare Toffolo, Kathleen Elliott, Robert Mickelsen, Vittorio Costantini and more.
GAS wishes to thank this year’s conference co-chairs Rob Cassetti, Nancy Earley, and Marshall Hyde for their tremendous efforts. Additional thanks go to The Corning Museum of Glass, which was generous in providing space for many of the conference demonstrations and lecture, as well as The Palace Theatre, the Radisson Hotel and Corning Incorporated, which hosted lectures and events throughout the conference.
GAS would also like to thank the 39th annual conference sponsors – The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning Incorporated Foundation, Corning Incorporated, and the National Endowment for the Arts, without whose help the conference would not have been possible.
The Glass Art Society’s 40th annual conference will be held June 10 – 12, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky. Updates will be posted on the GAS website at www.glassart.org.