Lifetime Achievement Awards

Each year the Glass Art Society honors and acknowledges the individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the glass arts worldwide. The 2019 awards will be presented to Ginny Ruffner and Robert Mickleson at the Opening Ceremonies during the 2019 conference in St. Petersburg, FL.

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The Lifetime Achievement Award is the Glass Art Society's highest honor, given in recognition of significant and sustained contributions to the field of glass art to recipients over the age of 65. Achievement is construed broadly, including, but not limited to diverse endeavors such as artistic excellence, technical innovation, exemplary leadership, dedication to education, and support for and promotion of glass art.

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The Glass Art Society honors and acknowledges the individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Glass Art Society with an Honorary Lifetime Membership Award.

2018 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award: Livio Seguso


Born in 1930 in Murano, where he continues to live, Livio Seguso began his life-long affair with glass from a very early age, fascinated by the mediums inexhaustible appeal. Livio Seguso reached his full artistic maturity in the late 1970’s, when he totally abandoned the pathway of the Murano glassmaking heritage, however noble, and began to focus on clear crystal glass, changeable and ambiguous in its transparency, and yet the perfect medium for the artist’s uncontaminated imaginative vision. His sculptures could then manifest themselves in forms of absolute purity, non-mimetic and non-representational of anything, reaching out to seize the principle of a visible event that was undisclosed before that moment, and, in doing so, reveal the personality of the artist, attracted by synthesis and icastic form. His sculptures thus became images of light that seem to adapt themselves to thought only to fade away into a series of oneiric forms. In recent years, his artistic research overstepped the confines of the medium used, experimenting with other materials like steel, rock, marble, and granite, and, more recently, wood. His artwork also took a departure from his previous rounded or elliptical forms, and he began to conceive volumes with a more geometrical pattern. This, in turn, was to lead to an ideological turning point, not only in the choice of mediums and their poetical potential, but also to an ideational transmutation that has enhanced Seguso’s expressive possibilities.

 

2018 Lifetime Membership Award Recipient: Durk Valkema

 

Durk Valkema was born in 1951. He attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam where he studied under his father, Sybren Valkema, the founder of the school’s program. In 1974, he studied and worked with Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. Valkema served on the GAS Board of Directors from 1999-2003 and in 2002 chaired the first European GAS conference in Amsterdam. He also co-founded the Glas Amsterdam 2002 Foundation, a non-profit entity that helped to secure funds for the conference and brought together artists, designers, and scientists to help realize experimental and innovative glass projects. Since the 1970s, Valkema has gained a strong reputation as a furnace builder, pioneering energy efficient solutions including taking part on the first Green Glass Panel at the Seattle conference in 2003. Through his broad technical and practical knowledge, in combination with aesthetic insight, Valkema has been a sounding board in the development of competitive and technically innovative design for both art glass and product design. Today, he designs and executes his own sculptural work and engineers glass systems and equipment for studio artists in Europe and the U.S.

GAS Visionary Award: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore was born in Olympia, Washington in 1952. He received his BFA from California College of the Arts and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Moore has done design work at Venini, Murano, Italy; J&L Lobmyer, Vienna, Austria; and Fostoria Glass Company, Moundsville, West Virginia. Moore’s connections, vision, and insight into inviting several Muranese glass masters to teach at Pilchuck is often credited with helping to raise American studio glassmaking to a new level. Moore lives and works in Seattle, Washington and is the owner of Benjamin Moore, Inc. (BMI), where he and his wife Debora Moore produce their work. Over the years, BMI has worked with and assisted many of the finest artists working in blown glass.

Lifetime Technical Achievement Award: Pino Signoretto

Pino Signoretto was born in 1944 in a small town near Venice and began working at a chandelier glassworks in 1954. In 1959, he learned from the great masters Alfredo Barbini, Livio Seguso, Emanno Nason, and Angelo Seguso. In 1960, at the age of 16, he became a master glassmaker. In 1978, he opened his own studio in Murano. In 1985, Signoretto went to Aumori, Japan by invitation, thus beginning a series of trips and lasting relationship with this country. On his second visit, he gave a demonstration in the presence of the imperial family. His work is also on permanent exhibit at the Museum of Venetian Art in Otaru, Japan. Throughout the years, Signoretto collaborated with artists and architects around the world including: Dali, Vedova, Licata, Pomodoro, Willson, Koons, Kummer, Vercrysse, Quinn, Chihuly, and more. He also taught at several glass schools in the U.S. and worldwide and was a beloved mentor to countless glass artists, young and old. He was known for experimenting and encouraging students to push past boundaries. Maestro Pino Signoretto died suddenly on December 30, 2017, at the age of 73. He knew he had been chosen for this award prior to his death. The glass community mourns his passing, but is eternally grateful for the art and legacy he leaves behind.

List of GAS Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

The Glass Art Society honors and acknowledges the individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the glass arts worldwide. This honorary award is given at the annual conference.

CHRONOLOGICALLY   ALPHABETICALLY
2018   Livio Seguso
2017   Joyce J. Scott
2016   James Carpenter
2015   Paul Stankard
2014   Dan Dailey
2012   Joel Philip Myers
2012   Bertil Vallien
2011   Ann Wolff
2010   Mark Peiser
2010   Dan Klein (1938-2009)
2009   Marvin Lipofsky (1938-2016)
2008   Henry Halem
2007   Jìrí Harcuba (1928-2013)
2006   Ann Robinson
2005   Richard Marquis
2004   Paul Marioni
2003   Dale Chihuly
2002   Fritz Dreisbach
2002   Finn Lynggaard (1930-2011)
2001   Thomas Buechner (1926-2010)
2000   Klaus Moje (1936-2016)
1999   Ludwig Schaffrath (1924-2011)
1998   Kyohei Fujita (1921-2004)
1998   Alice Rooney
1997   Lino Tagliapietra 
1996   Jaroslava Brychtova
1996   Stanislav Libensky (1921-2002)
1995   Erwin Eisch 
1994   Itoko Iwata (1922-2008)
1994   Sybren Valkema (1916-1996)
1993   Harvey Littleton (1922-2013)
1993   Dominick Labino (1910-1987)
 
1996   Jaroslava Brychtova    
2001   Thomas Buechner (1926-2010)
2016   James Carpenter
2003   Dale Chihuly
2014   Dan Dailey
2002   Fritz Dreisbach
1995   Erwin Eisch
1998   Kyohei Fujita (1921-2004)
2008   Henry Halem
2007   Jìrí Harcuba (1928-2013)
1994   Itoko Iwata (1922-2008)
2010   Dan Klein (1938-2009)
1993   Dominick Labino (1910-1987)
1996   Stanislav Libensky (1921-2002)
2009   Marvin Lipofsky (1938-2016)
1993   Harvey Littleton (1922-2013)
2002   Finn Lynggaard (1930-2011)
2004   Paul Marioni
2005   Richard Marquis
2000   Klaus Moje (1936-2016)
2012   Joel Philip Myers
2010   Mark Peiser
2006   Ann Robinson
1998   Alice Rooney
1999   Ludwig Schaffrath (1924-2011)
2017   Joyce J. Scott
2018   Livio Seguso
2015   Paul Stankard
1997   Lino Tagliapietra
1994   Sybren Valkema (1916-1996)
2012   Bertil Vallien
2011   Ann Wolff
 

List of GAS Lifetime Membership Award Recipients

The Glass Art Society honors and acknowledges the individuals who have made outstanding contributions to The Glass Art Society. This honorary award is given at the annual conference.

CHRONOLOGICALLY   ALPHABETICALLY
2018   Durk Valkema
2017   Wayne Strattman
2016   Jutta-Annette Page
2015   Mary B. White
2014   Shane Fero
2012   John Steinert
2011   Scott Benefield
2010   Tom Philabaum
2009   John Leighton
2008   Laura Donefer
2007   Michael Rogers
2006   Penny Berk
2005   Lani McGregor
2005   Dan Schwoerer
2004   Robert Carlson
2003   Daniel Crichton (1946-2002)
2002   Takako Sano (1939-2006)
2001   Mark Peiser
2000   Ginny Ruffner
1999   Josh Simpson
1998   Dan Dailey
1997   Susanne Frantz
1996   David Jacobs (1939-2007)
1995   Jack Schmidt
1994   Audrey Handler
1993   Henry Halem
1993   Joel Philip Myers
1993   Sylvia Vigiletti
1992   Robert Kehlmann
1992   Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend
1988   Fritz Dreisbach
1988   O.J. Gabbert (1918-1992)
1988   Elizabeth "Libby" Labino (-2008)
1986   Marvin Lipofsky
1984   Andries Copier (1901-1991)
1982   Erwin Eisch
1982   Frances Higgins (1912-2004)
1982   Michael Higgins (1908-1999)
1980   William H. Blenko
1980   Paul V. Gardner (1908-1994)
1979   Thomas S. Buechner (1926-2010)
1977   William Brown Jr. (1923-1992)
1977   Frank M. Fenton (1915-2005)
1977   Dominick Labino (1910-1987)
1977   Harvey Littleton (1922-2013)
 
2011   Scott Benefield
2006   Penny Berk
1980   William H. Blenko
1977   William Brown Jr. (1923-1992)
1979   Thomas S. Buechner (1926-2010)
2004   Robert Carlson
1984   Andries Copier (1901-1991)
2003   Daniel Crichton (1946-2002)
1998   Dan Dailey
2008   Laura Donefer
1988   Fritz Dreisbach
1982   Erwin Eisch
1977   Frank M. Fenton (1915-2005)
2014   Shane Fero
1997   Susanne Frantz
1988   O.J. Gabbert (1918-1992)
1980   Paul V. Gardner (1908-1994)
1993   Henry Halem
1994   Audrey Handler
1982   Frances Higgins (1912-2004)
1982   Michael Higgins (1908-1999)
1996   David Jacobs (1939-2007)
1992   Robert Kehlmann
1977   Dominick Labino (1910-1987)
1988   Elizabeth "Libby" Labino (-2008)
2009   John Leighton
1986   Marvin Lipofsky
1977   Harvey Littleton (1922-2013)
2005   Lani McGregor
2016   Jutta-Annette Page
1993   Joel Philip Myers
2001   Mark Peiser
2010   Tom Philabaum
2007   Michael Rogers
2000   Ginny Ruffner
2002   Takako Sano (1939-2006)
1995   Jack Schmidt
2005   Dan Schwoerer
1999   Josh Simpson
2012   John Steinert
1992   Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend
2017   Wayne Strattman
2018   Durk Valkema
1993   Sylvia Vigiletti
2015   Mary B. White

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