Immigration & the South Jersey Glass Tradition

Immigration and the South Jersey Glass Tradition

It is our pleasure to invite you to Immigration and the South Jersey Glass Tradition. This conference, organized by the Museum of American Glass and the Down Jersey Folklife Center with support from the New Jersey Historical Commission, will take place Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, 2020, at WheatonArts and Cultural Center in Millville, NJ.

Immigration and the South Jersey Glass Tradition seeks to explore immigration patterns in South Jersey, the history of the glass industry in the region, and applications of traditional European techniques in today’s glass studios. By bringing together scholars of these topics we can develop future research project questions and new partnerships based on the discussions at the intersection of these themes.

Immigration and the South Jersey Glass Tradition takes advantage of the opportunity provided by a single site that weaves and interprets the development and coexistence of Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, and Multicultural Traditional Arts. With a history spanning 5 decades, WheatonArts has earned regional, national, and international recognition for its unique collections and programs. The Museum of American Glass, which includes a library and archives, houses the most comprehensive collection of glass made in America and is one of only 7 museums in New Jersey to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Wheaton is also home to the Down Jersey Folklife Center, one of the lead folklife programs in the state which has established relationships with more than 55 different ethnic communities in the area and presented various regional and occupational traditions through its diverse programming.

Please see the request for papers for more information in the links below. We hope to see you there!



Kristin Qualls, M.F.A
Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center

Iveta Pirgova, Ph. D.
Director of Folklife and Cultural Studies, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center