Each year the Glass Art Society selects three emerging artists to present lectures at the 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. Qualified individuals are nominated by professional academics and curators around the world, then the presenters are selected by a small jury. This year’s jury included artist, writer and teacher John Drury, artist Ginny Ruffner, and Artistic Director for North Lands Creative Glass and artist Emma Woffenden. From 20 applications, they selected three exceptional artists to lecture at the GAS conference in San Jose: Alli Hoag, Justin Ginsberg and Jacci Delaney. "Our choice of artists here, each utilize a severely restricted pallet to successfully avoid the trappings of the eye to instead engage the mind; to also avoid the benign. It is a great time for the material glass and its most potent practitioners have returned to the self as well-spring for the unique," says Drury.
The Emerging Artists Presentations will take place on Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 1:30 pm - 3 pm at Parkside Hall B. In addition to having the opportunity to speak about their work at the conference, these three artists are also featured in the digital Emerging Artists Catalogue. For additional information, including juror bios and comments, visit http://www.glassart.org/2015_Emerging_Artists_Presentations.html.