Conference Program 2011 Seattle Conference Program

The 2011 Conference Committee has worked hard to create an exciting, varied program that includes a range of events, a real Creative Crossroads.

Schedule (click here for pdf) & Schedule Updates
Emerging Artists Presentations
Portfolio Review sign up for a slot
Educational Areas – Resource Center, posters, and more
International Student Exhibition & Sales
Technical Display
Tours and Events


More than 80 artists and glass enthusiasts will present in Seattle. The presentation format varies: lectures, lec-mos, panels, and demonstrations in coldworking, hot glass, neon, and vitreography.
Click here for the full list. OR Click here for a photo gallery of artwork by our presenters.

Keynote Address: Derrick Cartwright, Director of the Seattle Art Museum
Don’t Touch the Glass!—or—the New Place of Participation in 21st Century Art Museums

Lifetime Achievement Lecture: Ann Wolff
Ann Wolff

Sponsored by Leonard and Adele Leight of Louisville, Kentucky.

Lifetime Membership Award Lecture: Scott Benefield
Bothering Why

Labino Lecture: Pamela Vandiver
Original Sins, Glass Origins

The Dominick Labino Fund sponsors an outstanding technical lecture at each conference.

Strattman Lecture: To be announced
The Wayne Strattman Critical Dialogue Lecture Fund sponsors a lecture with new and stimulating information on art glass at each annual GAS conference.

Willson Lecture: Gay Outlaw
Coming to Glass from Someplace Else

The Robert Willson Fund sponsors a lecture on sculpture at each annual conference.

Special Demonstrations
Dante Marioni

Click here for a list of presenters and topics. OR Click here for a photo gallery of artwork by our presenters.

Schedule Updates

January 18, 2011:
  • Events formerly scheduled for Convention Center 2C 1&2 will take place in Convention Center 2A&B.

May 16, 2011:
  • The correct title of Walter Lieberman's lecture is: Rarely Seen and Unusual Glass
  • Cancellations to the conference programming: Genevieve Church, Alasdair & Rish Gordon, Kevin O'Grady, Mel George
  • Additions to the conference programming: Stefano Catalani (Strattman Lecturer), James Minson, Mark Zirpel, Wesley Fleming, and Mark Zirpel.
  • The timing for the Opening Ceremonies has changed slightly. Please refer to the schedule in the Program Book.

Emerging Artists Presentations

Each year the Glass Art Society selects a few emerging artists to present lectures at its annual conference.  Through these lectures, artists with promising talent are afforded the opportunity to introduce their work to a large audience of established artists, educators, peers, collectors, art historians, and critics. Click here to learn more about this years emerging artist presenters.


Glass, coffee, computers, camping, and jets, yes, but films? Indeed. Seattle is a movie-going city and Creative Crossroads programming reflects that. Our Glass Theater will be screening a variety of films on artists working in glass, including the following:

A Not So Still Life - Award-winning production company ShadowCatcher Entertainment’s documentary on the life and work of artist Ginny Ruffner.

The Space of Light - A documentary on the life and work of Jaroslava Brychtová

Chihuly at the Salk and Chihuly Fire & Light

I Was Dreaming of Spirit Animals - Cappy Thompson’s film

Portfolio Review

Gallery owners, curators, educators, and artists will be available to review portfolios of GAS conference attendees on Friday, June 3, 1 - 3 pm. Reviews will last 10 - 15 minutes each. Biographies and availability of the reviewers will be posted online in March or as known.

Learn more, or sign up for a review slot here.

Educational Areas

All of the presentations are educational in one way or another. GAS 2011 Seattle has events and areas geared specifically to schools and students. Check out the following:

Education Resource Center and Q & A Hour

Here you'll find materials and information about glass education opportunities. And on Saturday, June 4, from noon to 1 pm, school representatives are invited to be present by their materials during a special Q&A hour. Click here for more information.

Educational facilities that offer instruction in glassworking and wish to be represented in the Education Resource Center are invited to provide informational materials.

Poster Presentations

Faculty and students are encouraged to apply to the GAS Poster Presentations to share scholarly research conducted during the last academic year. Posters will be displayed in the Education Resource Center. Participants are encouraged to attend the allocated one-hour Informal Poster Participant Presentations session on Saturday, June 4, 10 - 11 am to answer questions about their research. Click here for more information.

International Student Exhibition & Sales

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. (2011 graduates are included in this invitation.) All work must be current, original, professionally crafted, and contain glass as the main element. Click here for more information. (more info coming soon)

Technical Display – The Marketplace for Glass Artists

To see and purchase the newest and best equipment, supplies, services, and publications, visit GAS’s annual Technical Display. Click here for more information. Interested in exhibiting in Tech Display? Click here for Vendor Details

Tours and Events

Find out all the details of the parties, fundraisers, day of glass events, exhibitions, competitions and more. Click here for the Tours and Events details.

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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.