Welcome to the Creative Glass Center of America (CGCA)
The CGCA at WheatonArts offers fellowships to artists working in glass and has serviced glass artists and the arts community for over thirty years. Over 300 professional and emerging artists have been recipients of a CGCA fellowship, from the U.S. and over 26 foreign countries. Artists are encouraged to use their fellowships to develop and refine their work, while experimenting with both traditional and innovative glassmaking processes.
The CGCA Fellowship Program provides 24-hour studio facilities, technical resources, housing and a stipend; allowing artists the opportunity to spend a concentrated period of time devoted exclusively to their work. Many emerging artists have used the Fellowships as a stepping-stone to a successful career. For mid-career artists, it offers an opportunity to redefine direction and renew creative energy. The collaboration and exchange of ideas among the Fellows enhances a productive climate, supporting the discovery of new vision and resources for each.
Other CGCA programs include GlassWeekend (a biennial symposium and exhibition of contemporary glass); slide lectures; and special educational outreach programs. A “Critic-in-Residence Program,” provides additional support for the artists, generating meaningful inquiry and discussion about their work. All activities elevate the educational interpretation of contemporary glass to a broad audience.
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The mission of the Creative Glass Center of America (CGCA) is to offer direct support to emerging and mid-career artists who work with glass. Over the past 35 years, CGCA has awarded over 355 fellowship residencies to emerging and mid-career artists, from the US and 26 foreign countries.
The CGCA advances its mission through the CGCA Fellowship Program, offering fellowships each year to an international community of individual artists. Through other special educational events and public studio access provided on a daily basis, CGCA also promotes the development of art works, made with glass, to an audience of artists, scholars, collectors and the general public. The CGCA Fellowship Program continues to be one of the only means of “unrestricted” support for artists using glass.
In 1982, a group of artists, curators, educators and others collaborated on a mission that would promote the use of glass as a contemporary art medium, and to provide a facility in which an artist could work with glass at a reasonable cost. The CGCA was established in 1983, when WheatonArts (formerly Wheaton Village) offered the use of its fully equipped glass studio, anchored by the support of the Museum of American Glass.
The CGCA continues to award fellowships each year, and artists are encouraged to use this opportunity to develop and refine their work while experimenting with glassmaking processes. The collaboration and exchange of ideas among the Fellows enhances a productive climate, supporting the discovery of new vision and resources for each.
Benefits for artists include: housing, a stipend, most materials, and 24-hour access to hot and cold glass studio facilities. Each artist designs their own working process, and is assisted by their co-fellows and the studio staff. CGCA fellowship artists are chosen through a competitive peer review selection process. The Selection Committee consists of a rotating peer panel of respected professional artists and educators.
Many former fellows have acknowledged that the CGCA has made a significant impact on the development of their careers as educators and/or exhibiting artists. The majority remain active as artists, exhibiting in major galleries and shows. Many have been awarded honors, and others are teaching in colleges and universities worldwide.
The CGCA board is an advisory board to the governing board of Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center.
Stan Epstein, PRESIDENT
William Weisberger, VICE PRESIDENT (1st)
Keith Ragone VICE PRESIDENT (2nd)
J.G. Harrington, TREASURER
Sharon Karmazin, SECRETARY
Hank Adams, Sheldon Bernick, Peter Denton, Dennis DuBois, Sherry Effron, Stanley Epstein, Paul Farr, Jere Gibber, Susan Gogan, Ferdinand Hampson, James Harmon, J.G. Harrington, Norman Jacobs, Sharon Karmazin, Peter Leone, Larry Merighi, Sheldon Palley, Elmerina Parkman, Paul Parkman, Keith Ragone, Tom Riley, Susan Sanders, Laurence A. Sibrack, Norman Silvers, Timothy Tate, Henry Wasserstein, William Weisberger, Walter Zimmerman
Mike Belkin, Bruce Bendoff, Penny Bernick, Irvin Borowsky, Amye Gumbinner, Doug Heller, Scott Jacobson, Adam Kamens, Lucartha Kohler, David Leppla, Jon Liebman, Maurine Littleton, Donna Mandel, Ellie Miller, Amy Morgan, Joel Phillip Myers, Jutta Page, Duane Reed, Judith Schaechter, Michael Schunke, Paul Stankard, Alden Toevs, Mary Van Cline, Laurie Wagman, Lewis Wexler
Doug Anderson, Gerald Hildebrandt, Marina Kaiser, Adam Kamens, Sy Kamens, Sharon Karmazin, Lawrence Merighi, Paul J. Stankard, Henry Wasserstein, *Paul V. Gardner, President Emeritus