2022 Annual GAS Conference 

Tacoma, Washington, USA

Wednesday, May 18th – Saturday, May 21st



More details coming soon!

About the Conference

The 2022 GAS Conference marks the 50th Anniversary of the Glass Art Society, and we’re celebrating by bringing together the international glass community in Tacoma, Washington.

Next year, we will explore the past 50 years of glass and discuss what the next 50 years holds for making, collecting, and educating. We will also be celebrating the intersectional nature of our community and how those intersections make the glass community so special.

GAS invites you to SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES AND EXPERTISE by submitting a conference proposal in support of GAS’s mission to connect, inspire, and empower all facets of the global glass community.

Details About Presenting

Types of Presentations

  • Demonstrations (Demos) = up to 2-hour presentations featuring live demonstrations of hot, cold, flame, and neon glassmaking.
  • Lecture/Demonstrations (Lecmos) = 1.5-hour presentations featuring a combination of a lecture, with pre-made materials, and a live demonstration. Most appropriate for kiln-working, mold-making, and neon/plasma. showcasing the steps/process of making more time-consuming pieces. 
  • Lectures = 1-hour presentations ranging from emerging artists to educators and established professionals and curators.
  • Panels = 1.5-hour presentations featuring panels of artists, experts, and educators who bring innovative and unique glass topics to the stage.
  • Other (films, performances, workshops, etc.) = up to 1.5-hour presentations that show the diversity of the glass art community.

We will be including a small percentage of live, online presentations for Lecmos, Lectures, and Panels. If you select this preference, all presenters must be prepared with any technical requirements. Please note that GAS may request a change of presentation format for accepted presentations, according to needs determined by time, space, and program curation. If you select this preference, all presenters must be prepared with any technical requirements.


Every primary presenter is given one complimentary conference pass (unless otherwise noted). Honorariums are determined by type of presentation and are dispersed after the Conference.

  • Demos – $400 total honoraria (plus 1 complimentary conference pass for assistant).
  • Lecmos – $400 total honoraria
  • Lectures – $400 total honoraria 
  • Panels – $250 honorarium for moderator, $200/panelist (max. 3 panelists)
  • Other – determined by presentation

*All honorariums are confirmed in Service Agreements by the GAS office. 

Travel & Accommodation

Travel and accommodations during the conference are the responsibility of each presenter. Please visit the website for recommendations.


Presentations typically have 1-3 presenters. Panels are allotted 1 moderator with up to 3 additional panelists. 

Before submitting a proposal with one or multiple co-presenters, verify their willingness to participate and travel. Also, note presenters should be able to give their presentation in English or have a translator present. Presenters and co-presenters will share the honorarium, but each individual will receive a pass to the conference.

Additional Requirements

Conference lecmo presenters, lecturers, and panel moderators are required to submit a 1000-1400-word article regarding their presentation for the 2022 GAS Journal.

GAS Membership

You do not need to be a GAS member to submit a presentation proposal or to present at the conference.

There is the opportunity to have membership fees withdrawn from a presenter’s honorarium. This would take place after the Conference. 

Membership Questions? E-mail membership inquiries to [email protected] 

Key Dates

  • Proposal Applications Open Monday, June 7, 12:00am PDT
  • Proposal Applications Close Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 11:59 pm PDT
  • Registration Opens Fall 2021

Who Should Apply

GAS is looking for diverse and engaging proposals from artists, educators, curators, researchers, and more that:

  • Comprise making/discussing glass in a range of areas, such as: Hot, Cold + Engraving, Flameworking, Neon + Plasma, or Kiln + Mold-making. Are you working with glass in a new and different way? We want to hear about it!
  • Explore different stages of career development or involvement in the glass community, whether emerging, mid-career, or established artists. 
  • Showcase presenters from around the world
  • Highlight artists or organizations that increase the visibility and support the creativity and voices of BIPOC/BAME/under represented groups. 
  • Present ideas that are relevant to the glass community and speak to current trends and issues related to glass making and study.

How to Write a Proposal

In celebration of the Glass Art Society’s 50th Anniversary, we will be bringing together the global glass community in Tacoma, WA, next May! This year, we will be celebrating the intersectional nature of our community and how those intersections make the glass community so special. Every year, the Glass Art Society brings together the international community of glass artists and enthusiasts and provides unique opportunities for members to make connections, learn new techniques, and have fun together. Successful proposals will showcase innovation and creative problem-solving while highlighting glass talent and expertise from around the world.

Embrace the Theme

As you prepare your proposal, consider the many ways that our community intersects:

  • Advocacy + Activism – Questioning established canons and promoting change in glass art, teaching and learning; striving for equity that encompasses gender, class, race, and the work of communities.  
  • Education + Learning – Teaching modalities, resources, and models to create equitable and accessible learning environments and opportunities; critical responses to current circumstances and anti-racist approaches.
  • Global Community – Examining the impact of intercultural exchange and creating communities of opportunity through glass; celebrating global traditions and contemporary practices.
  • Career Development + Careers in Art – How to create your own career path. Marketing, grant writing, and partnership development are all integral parts of a successful art career; developing relationships with museum or gallery representatives.
  • Creating a Responsive Practice – Theories and methods for building resilient, adaptive, sustainable, and inclusive practices and opportunities in glass.

Select Focus Area(s)

When you submit your proposal, you may select up to two of the following Focus Area(s) to help in the curation of the conference as well as clarify the focus of your presentation and attract your target audience:

  • Glass Discourse – Approaches to critique and considerations of glass in relation to other art forms; trends, innovations, and conversations in contemporary ceramics.
  • Histories + Contexts – Examination of glass art traditions and innovations over time and from around the world.
  • Community + Sustainability – Collaboration, community, and processes that bring people together; working models that demonstrate human, social, economic, and environmental well-being.
  • Teaching + Learning – Pedagogy, curriculum, instruction, and assessment at any level of formal or informal education. Presentations focused on teaching and learning with glass and through glass art whether in studios, public access studios, schools, or other settings.
  • Student Interests – Presentations developed and led by current students or by professionals interested in sharing knowledge that is particularly relevant to the experiences of students, their transitional experiences, and professional practices for emergent careers in the field.
  • Career Paths – Professional practices, business knowledge, and skills such as planning, marketing, and networking.
  • Making + Materiality – Technical presentations on techniques, equipment, tools, etc. that inform the production of glass.

Information to Include

  • Images relevant to your proposal 
  • The names and roles of everyone participating in your presentation
  • Social Media handles 
  • Proposal description (250 word limit) including your relationship/experience with the topic and answering the following questions:
    • What specific techniques, processes, or topics will you be focusing on?
    • What is the main focus of your presentation?
    • How is your perspective different or unique from someone else’s?

Process for Selection

Once applications close on July 18, each proposal that is completed fully and according to the instructions will be reviewed. The GAS Board of Directors and Conference co-chairs will review all submissions that meet these requirements and will score proposals using a 1-5 scale. 

If selected, a notification of acceptance and instructions on how to proceed will come through Submittable.com in August/September of 2021. For inquiries, please call 206-382-1305, or e-mail [email protected].  

The Planning Committee will then curate the program through the lens of:

Relevance to the Field and Conference: To what extent does the proposal demonstrate relevance, importance, value, and/or interest to the field, Programming Themes, and/or Content Categories of this conference?

Presenter Knowledge: How do the submitted proposal materials demonstrate that the presenter (or presenters) has the knowledge and experience to address this topic?

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion and Belonging: How would the inclusion of this proposal in the program contribute toward representing the diverse voices and viewpoints of those working to advance the field? 

Impact: To what degree does the proposal provide evidence that the material highlighted will be presented in a manner that is thought-provoking, divergent, or revelatory of under-explored perspectives that have promise to expand the scope of the field?