Educational Resources & Events for Students

International Student Exhibition & Sales
Education & Professional Resource Center
Artist Portfolio Review - Sign Up for a Review!

International Student Exhibition Opening & Sales


Palmer House, Exhibit Hall

Friday, March 21, 5 pm - 7 pm
Additional Hours: Saturday, March 22, 11 am - 2 pm

GAS invites all student members who are currently enrolled full-time in an accredited degree-granting program to participate in the International Student Exhibition & Sales. All work must be current, original, professionally crafted, and contain glass as the main element.

Visit the International Student Exhibition page for more information.

Education Resource Center & Poster Presentations

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Ballroom

Browsing: Friday, March 21, 9 am - 12:30 pm and Saturday, March 22, 11 am - 4 pm
Informal Poster Presentations: Saturday, March 22, 11 am - 12 pm
School Q&A Hour: Saturday, March 22, noon - 1 pm
Portfolio Review: Saturday, March 22, 2 pm - 4 pm

Education Resources

Check out glass school promotional materials and some of the latest in glass research in the Education Resource Center. Got questions? Want to meet the school representatives or researchers in person? Come back during the School Q&A Hour or during the Informal Poster Presentations.

Schools: Educational facilities (universities, colleges, public-access studios, summer programs, studios, etc.) that offer instruction in glassworking and wish to be represented in the Education Resource Center are invited to provide informational materials. Whether you wish to bring your handouts and drop them off early or if you plan to ship materials ahead of time, please contact the GAS office at  GAS encourages all schools to send a representative to be present by their materials in the Resource Center for the Q&A Hour. This is a great opportunity to meet and speak with potential students.


NEW! Professional Resources

As a new addition to the conference, we will offer tools and information for job preparation and trends. Check back later for more details.


Posters Presentations

Faculty and students are encouraged to apply to share scholarly research conducted during the last academic year. Posters will be displayed in the Education Resource Center and participants are encouraged to attend the allocated one-hour Informal Poster Presentations session to answer questions about their research.


Artist Portfolio Review


Gallery owners, curators, educators, and artists will be available to review portfolios of GAS conference attendees. Reviews will last 10-15 minutes each. A limited number of slots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who sign-up online. If necessary a waiting list will be kept in case of cancellations.

What to bring

IMAGES - Artists should bring a portfolio of recent work digitally on a laptop or tablet (no phones or i-pods) with the images open and ready to view, preferably as a powerpoint or keynote presentation, as there will not be internet access. Or bring printed color photographs.

SUPPORTIVE MATERIAL - Bring printed copies of your artist statement, biography, and resume/CV.


How do I sign up?

You must be registered for the Chicago conference in order to sign up for a portfolio review slot.

  1. Read the biographies of the 2014 Portfolio Reviewers (below) to determine your first choice for a reviewer. Keep in mind a backup reviewer since as slots fill your first choice reviewer may not be available.
  2. Sign-Up for ONE slot Online. Please register for the Chicago conference before signing up for a review slot


2014 Reviewers - 3 slots each

2pm-3pm (2:00-2:15 • 2:20-2:35 • 2:40-2:55)
3pm-4pm (3:00-3:15 • 3:20-3:35 • 3:40-3:55)


2-3pm     EOIN BREADON     Educator: University of Wisconsin - River Falls

PReview-EoinBreadon.jpgEoin Breadon is an Associate Professor and head of the glass program at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. After receiving his MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Breadon taught as member of the sculpture and glass faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art from 2004-2009. His artwork is shown and collected internationally by galleries and


2-3pm     BRENT COLE     Educator: Ball State University

PReview-BrentCole.jpgBrent Cole holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Arts and an MFA from the University of Illinois, in 2010 Brent Cole assumed the lead faculty position for Ball State University’s new glass program at the recently-opened Marilyn K. Glick Center of Glass in Muncie, Indiana. Cole is responsible for the cultural programming and operation of the facility, the development of its undergraduate curriculum, and the establishment of a MFA program. Prior to this appointment, he served for six years beginning in 2004 as Visiting Assistant Professor of Glass at the University of Miami, Coral Gables. Over the years Cole has participated in several artist residency programs including one at the Appalachian Center for Crafts.  His work has frequently been exhibited at Art Basel Miami and included in prestigious museum shows at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina and the John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.


2-3pm     HELEN LEE     Educator: University of Wisconsin - Madison

PReview-HelenLee.jpgHelen Lee is an artist, designer, educator, and glassblower. She holds an MFA in Glass from RISD and a BSAD in Architecture from MIT. She has taught at RISD, CCA, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, and The MIT Glass Lab. Helen is currently an Assistant Professor and Head of Glass at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.




3-4pm     CARMEN LOZAR     Educator: Illinois Wesleyan University

PReview-CarmenLozar.jpgCarmen Lozar – Born in Illinois in 1975, Carmen Lozar manipulates glass as a means of visual communication. After a residency at Corning Museum of Glass in October 2000, she went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts from Alfred University in New York in 2003. Lozar shows her work regularly across the country. She was the featured artist at the 2008 International Flameworking Conference in Millville, New Jersey. She currently resides in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, where she maintains a studio and is on faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University.


3-4pm     MARC PETROVIC     Artist

PReview-MarcPetrovic.jpgMarc Petrovic graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1991. Marc has been a full time studio artist since his graduating from CIA. He works out of his private studio that he shares with his wife Kari Russell-Pool near their home in Essex, Connecticut. They have two wonderful children, Phoebe and Kay, and two above average dogs, Pixie and Roux.


3-4pm     ANGUS POWERS     Educator: Alfred University

PReview-AngusPowers.jpgAngus M Powers is a contemporary sculptor working with blown and cast glass sculpture, installations and function wares. Angus explores glass and mixed material sculpture with a philosophy that anything is possible and the ability to fail will take him further into the craft and concepts of any particular body of work. Angus has practiced glass making and education since graduating from Tyler School of art in 2002 with an MFA in glass Working under Daniel Cutrone and Jon Clark. He attended Alfred University and received his BFA in Sculpture, Glass, and Light studying with Steve Edwards and Fred Tschida. His work has been experimental and has meandered through all types of venues and has focused on glass, light, technology, craft, and design. Angus Powers is currently a Glass Head and Associate Professor of Glass in the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Most recently he has been developing curriculum that promotes collaboration between glass artist and engineers in a course called GLASSARTENGINE.


3-4pm     MICHAEL ROGERS     Educator: Rochester Institute of Technology

PReview-MichaelRogers.jpgMichael Rogers is head of the glass program of the School for American Craft at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), in Rochester, New York. Michael and his department worked with Josh Owen, associate professor of industrial design at the Vignelli Design Center, RIT. For their design project, Metaproject 2, design students were invited to explore glass in RIT’s glass studio, and glass students and industrial design students worked to create designs for a special exhibition during Design Week in New York City.


2-3pm     JEFFREY SARMIENTO     Educator: University of Sunderland

PReview-JeffreySarmiento.jpgJeffrey Sarmiento is the Research Council UK Academic Fellow in Glass at the University of Sunderland. A Filipino-American artist, his work, made of printed images fused in glass objects, is centered on constructed ethnicities. His research has led him to work widely in the US and Europe. He has held a fellowship at UrbanGlass in New York and a Fulbright in Denmark. His work is in the collections of Sunderland Museum, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, and the Speed Art Museum. His latest work, a 600-kilo glass map, was recently installed in the Museum of Liverpool.


3-4pm     JAN SMITH     Museum: Executive Director, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

PReviewer-JanSmith.jpgJan Mirenda Smith has been in the museum profession in various capacities for the last 25 years.  She holds an MA in Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Certificate in Museum Studies.  She is currently Executive Director of the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah, Wisconsin, was previously Director of Rahr-West Art Museum and formerly curator at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum. She has written for a variety of publications, organized numerous exhibitions, both in glass and other art forms, and is a practicing painter. She has done much work in the area of visitor interpretation for  general audiences and museum education, and continues research in areas of creative thinking skills to present the artist as entrepreneur and innovator.


2-3pm     DIANE WRIGHT     Museum: Curator of Glass, Chrysler Museum of Art

PReview-DianeWright.jpgDiane C. Wright received her MA in the History of Decorative Arts and Design from Parsons the New School for Design, specializing in glass studies. She has conducted research and lectured on glass for a number of institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Blair House, Washington DC. She served as the Marcia Brady Tucker Senior Curatorial Fellow in the American Decorative Arts Department at the Yale University Art Gallery and worked as an educator at the Corning Museum of Glass where she taught glass history to students of all ages. Ms. Wright has extensively researched the leaded-glass windows and mosaics of Tiffany Studios at churches across the country. Her research presented the first in-depth study of Frederick Wilson, Louis C. Tiffany’s most prolific window designer and head of the ecclesiastic department at Tiffany Studios. She co-curated the exhibition, “Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion,” at the Museum of Biblical Art, New York and contributed an essay for the accompanying catalogue. She also recently co-curated, “Wheaton Glass: the Art of the Fellowship,” American Museum of Glass at WheatonArts, Millville, New Jersey. Ms. Wright has taught courses on the history of glass at the Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons the New School for Design, and George Mason University and has written on glass for Modern Magazine, GLASS: the UrbanGlass Quarterly, the Journal of Glass Studies, and the Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin. She also contributed to A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920 – 1950 and Eye on a Century: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery. Ms. Wright recently worked as the marketing and communications manager at Pilchuck Glass School. She began a new position as the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass at the Chrysler Museum of Art in March 2014.

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.