GlassWeekend’15 Program

Lectures, Panel Discussions, Special Demonstrations, Exhibits

Special Exhibits – GlassWeekend ’15 will also intersect with EMANATION: ART + PROCESS, a year-long invitational residency and exhibition program at WheatonArts. Highlights include the Museum of American Glass Exhibition:  Emanation: Art + Process (May 1, 2015 – January 4, 2016) featuring new work by Mark Dion, Paula Hayes, Carolyn Healy & John Phillips, Donald Lipski, Virgil Marti, Michael Oatman, Judy Pfaff, Jocelyne Prince, Rob Wynne, and Mark Zirpel. The Artist Reception will take place during GlassWeekend on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

Creativity Ascertained: the Art of the Fellowship highlights recent CGCA Fellows who used their time to explore their craft, the medium, and personal expression in refreshing and provocative ways. The exhibit will feature sketches, prototypes and other evidence of each featured fellow’s creative process showcasing how Wheaton, host to the fellowship, is a haven for experimentation.

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GlassWeekend’15 at WheatonArts

June 12*, 13 + 14, 2015


An International Symposium and Exhibition of Contemporary Glass

Guest Demonstrating Artists

Amber Cowan and Luke Jerram

Keynote Speaker: Luke Jerram*
  • World Class Gallery Exhibitions
  • Artist Demonstrations
  • Special Exhibitions
  • Lecture Series and Panel Discussions
  • Social Events
  • Hands-On Glass Making Opportunities

*For Weekend Registrants Only


Thursday, June 11
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hands-On Glassmaking
Beadmaking, Bowl or Vase Making, and Paperweight Making. Artists will help you create your own work. Additional fee required.
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration in The Gallery of Fine Craft
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Gallery of Fine Craft Preview Reception “Creative Glass Center Invitational” Exhibit and Sale
Time TBA Patron Dinner at Winfields Restaurant (for Event Patrons only)
Friday, June 12
11: 00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks/Announcements
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Glass tells the Story : The Art of Collecting Narrative-Centered Glass in the 21st Century. Moderated by Tim Tate
The panel will illustrate collections that focus on 21st century narrative work, but will also explore how 20th century glass and 21st century glass can be mixed in the same collection to the advantage of both styles. The collections of Fred and  Susan Sanders and Fred and Sharon Schomer will be showcased. Curator William Warmus will also discuss collecting in the 21st century for museums and private collectors.
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Sculpture in Glass, A New Paradigm, Are We Here Now? Presented by Larry Sibrack
Larry will discuss integrating sculpture made from glass or mixed media into fine art sculpture. Plus, how the various periods of sculpture in the last 60 years are represented in contemporary glass.
1:30 p.m.- 2:15 p.m. The Glass Time Capsule. Presented by Stan Epstein
Knowledgeable collectors have been asked to submit images of one to three works of glass art from their collection that they believe will stand the test of time. The participating collectors will make a presentation of their selected works of art and explain why they deserve to be preserved. Prints of the images and explanations will be placed in a special glass time capsule to be stored at WheatonArts until its opening in 2062, the 100th Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement.
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Artist Presentation and Studio Demonstration by Amber Cowan
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Special Tour of “Emanation: Art + Process” and “Creativity Ascertained: The Art of the Fellowship”
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Gallery Exhibitions Preview ReceptionCocktails and hors d’oeuvres catered by Feast Year Eyes, Philadelphia, PA
Dinner on your own
Saturday, June 13
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Gallery Exhibition Open 
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Special Studio Event: The Glass Yard: Object/Not

Organized by Hank Murta Adams

Many artists exhibiting in the Museum of American Glass exhibit, “Emanation: Art + Process”, will work alongside selected CGCA Fellows “to make, create,  perform and cultivate with the medium of glass; revealed as an immediate or ephemeral expression as well as the premeditated and banked workings of object making and all the fuzzy worlds between.”
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Changing Roles: Fine Art and Contemporary Craft in Traditional Museums Moderated by Judith Tannenbaum
Contemporary craft has gained greater visibility in traditional collecting museums in recent years—as evident in innovative exhibitions and the integration of craft, design, and decorative arts with the fine arts. The panel considers the growing prominence of artists in museum installations and their relationship to the curatorial process. They will also discuss what these developments mean for the future of glass and other craft disciplines. Panelists will speak about their recent project in various museums.
Speakers: Virgil Marti, artist; Martha Lucy, Barnes Foundation and Drexel University; Jennifer A. Zwilling, Curator of Artistic Programs, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA; Judith Tannenbaum, moderator.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The Future of Glass is Now. Presented by Glenn Adamson, Nanette L. Laitman Director of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)Artists today increasingly adopt a “cross disciplinary” approach to their work, in which moving from one medium to another is the norm. What are the implications for artistic materials such as glass, which has highly specific visual properties and technical challenges? Glenn Adamson will consider this question and others facing contemporary glass makers today. 
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own. Vendors on site. Enjoy shopping in the galleries and the WheatonArts shops, visit the museum and/or see the demonstrations.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Keynote Address: “Edges of Perception.” Luke Jerram
Luke will talk about his multidisciplinary practice as an artist, which includes the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Working internationally for 18 years, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects by managing teams of engineers, craftsmen and technicians to help him realize his works. From composers to glassblowers, medieval musicologists to hot air balloonists, he explains, “I\’m only limited by my imagination in what can be produced. Anything is possible.”
2:30 p.m.  – 5:00 p.m. Free Time. Revisit the Galleries. Studio Demonstrations. Museum Tours. 
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Artist Reception for “Emanation: Art +Process” and “Creativity Ascertained” exhibits in the Museum of American Glass.
7:00 p.m. Dinner – Catered by Feast Your Eyes FUNraising Auction. An auction of exciting “experiences” donated by glass artists, collectors and others. Millville Rose Society Award Recipient is Judith Schaechter.
Sunday, June 14  
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Special Performative Demonstration: Luke Jerram

A private performative demonstration by featured guest artist, Luke Jerram, for weekend registrants. Continental breakfast provided.

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Gallery Exhibition Open
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Special Studio Event: The Glass Yard: Object/Not

Program is subject to change. Check back for updates and new information.