The American Glass Guild will be bringing our 11th annual conference to the Midwest this year, as we make plans to hold our proceedings in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois on July 8-11, 2016! The University of Chicago, in the city’s historic Hyde Park neighborhood on the south side, will be the site of most of our workshops, demonstrations and lectures.
The University itself holds a treasure-trove of stained glass in it many campus buildings, including the Rockefeller Chapel and other locations. Just steps away is the famous Frederick C. Robie House, part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Throughout the Chicago downtown area is a vast collection of architectural stained glass. Highlights include the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Dreihaus Museum at Navy Pier, as well as area churches and synagogues. Visit our Bus Tour page for more information on tours scheduled for Friday, July 8th. Self-guided walking tour information will also be available at the conference.
In order to accommodate our sponsors, some of whom may also be attending the SGAA Conference earlier the same week, we have changed the traditional format of our conference this year. And a $25 credit will be given by both the AGG and the SGAA to those conference registrants who plan to attend both conferences. While bus tours of area sites are scheduled for Friday, July 8th, Workshops will be held immediately following the conference, on Monday, July 11th. This is a great opportunity to get hands on instruction from some very talented and experienced glass artists. Class sizes are limited, so be sure to register early!
Lectures and demonstrations by national and international artists will take place July 9th and 10th, including a Keynote Presentation by glass artist and designer Kenneth von Roenn on Saturday evening. Our annual Silent and Live Auction, which raises funds for the James C. Whitney Memorial Scholarship Fund, will also take place on Saturday evening, July 9th at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the University campus.
The AGG’s annual juried exhibition Glass Art Now: 2016 will also be on view at the Logan Center, with an opening reception and walk through with the jury on Friday evening, July 8th.
Don’t miss this exciting conference — We look forward to seeing you there!
Tom Krepcio and Emily Carlson