Nominees for the 2017 AGG Board of Directors are: Lisa Hahn, Troy Moody, Amy Valuck, Richard Prigg, Carol Slovikosky, and Daniel White. Voting will take place during the Business Luncheon at the AGG Conference in Rochester. Please continue reading to learn about each nominee before casting your ballot.
Thank you for placing my name before the American Glass Guild for a term on the Board of Directors. If I am elected to serve, I would be delighted to participate in building awareness of the organization and forwarding its mission.
As a new member to AGG, I see there is much to learn about the fine art of stained and architectural glass. What I can bring to AGG is a lifetime of experience in public relations and communication, along with a background in fine arts.
My public relations career began at the Whitney Museum of American Art where I built awareness of the museum’s 50th anniversary – a year full of block buster exhibitions of works by amazing American artists. Among the highlights was escorting Louise Nevelson to ABC Good Morning America for an interview. Her gigantic eyelashes, flowing turban and caftan are etched in my mind. Chuck Close showed me how a famous artist could be welcoming to a young business woman. Working with worldwide news media confirmed my desire to achieve high results for the fine arts and artists.
Since those yearly years, I have worked with major companies and nonprofits to communicate their mission, increase sales, build two-way dialogue, and cope with crises.
As a fine arts major in college, I have continued to pursue my own work—as time allowed. Five years ago after decades of admiring stained glass art in cathedrals and churches, I began to work in glass. Regular trips to the Metropolitan Museum helped me explore how images and negative space can be designed. Last year’s AGG conference showed me that there was an entire field of fine art using glass as the medium that I didn’t know existed. I’d like to help open others to what is being done today using glass.
As a communication committee volunteer for the 2017 AGG Conference, I have assisted Nancy Gong in a variety of public relations efforts. This has included:
• Writing press releases and distributing them to a variety of audiences
• Writing a few bios and conference session descriptions for speakers
• Drafting a campaign plan to generate conference registrations
• Outlining campaign strategy, goals and tactics for the Marketing/PR Committee
• Editing an article by AGA President on the conference
• Volunteering to speak at the 2017 conference on PR Tactics to Boost Your Business
It would be a pleasure to assist AGG in reaching its goals for artists, historians, fabricators, and the industry. Thank you for considering me.
(Note from Maria Serpentino: Lisa is President of Caugherty Hahn Communications, Inc.)
Independent artist/designer Troy Moody has spent close to twenty years creating unique art glass installations for religious, commercial and private spaces. His Public Art Portfolio includes more then 85,000 square feet of award winning Terrazzo designs for the Phoenix Convention Center and the Maricopa County Superior Court Tower. Other notable projects include work for Scottsdale Public Art, the City of Tempe, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Ascension Lutheran of Paradise Valley, the Phoenix Church of the Beatitudes and the Salvation Army’s Southwest Headquarters. His autonomous art glass creations are included in numerous juried exhibitions and appear in private collections across the country.
“I would consider it an enormous honor to be elected to the American Glass Guild board of directors. I have been a member of the guild on and off since its inception and am proud of the progress we have made as a group towards the stated goal of spreading knowledge and awareness of this most dynamic medium”.
Thank you for nominating me to the American Glass Guild’s board. I began my stained glass career nearly twenty years ago with an apprenticeship at The Art of Glass in Media, Pennsylvania, with work focusing primarily on historical conservation and restoration. I eventually became the studio manager, and my responsibilities expanded to include research and documentation as well as bench work. As part of the studio team, I restored windows from many notable locations, including the Princeton University chapel, the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and the severely fire-damaged windows from St. Bernard’s Episcopal church in Bernardsville, NJ. Along with my training in basic cutting and glazing, I learned the techniques of conservation epoxy repairs, paint replication, and preparing windows for isothermal glazing. I have also pursued ongoing independent study in fusing and traditional glass painting, both of which I incorporate into my personal, autonomous pieces. In 2014 I opened my own studio, where I take on both restoration and commissioned work, as well as producing pieces for gallery exhibition. As of May 2017, I am moving into a new, expanded studio space in West Chester, PA, in order to take on larger scale projects. Regretfully, the timing of my move is keeping me from attending this year’s conference. I have attended five previous conferences, and exhibited work in American Glass Now. I have also been grateful to receive the Whitney scholarship twice, which enabled me to attend my first two conferences.
I am a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and earned my degree in jewelry and metals. Although I pursued an education in the fine arts, I am also keenly interested in the science, philosophy, and history involved in restoration work, and I have found the AGG invaluable for supporting these aspects of the discipline. With the wide variety of lecture topics at each conference, and the continuing dialogues made possible through the online bulletin board, the AGG serves as an important resource for sharing knowledge and insights. I am excited to see the dynamic new directions stained glass is taking, with modern techniques and new architectural and fine art applications. The collaborative efforts of our members make it possible to honor the traditional while moving forward into the future. As a board member, I hope to be able to help further the AGG’s mission of education and outreach by encouraging a wide range of members’ experiences and viewpoints to be shared.
Rick Prigg has been working in stained glass for thirty years. He was trained at Beyer Stained Glass in Philadelphia. He served as general manager at Willet Hauser Architectural Glass for twelve years, before leaving to open Sycamore Studio in Lansdowne Pennsylvania in order to focus on pursuing his personal artistic vision. Since 2012 he has focused his attention as an artist on the challenge of making art using the materials he is so familiar with: glass and lead.
For the last two years as chair of the scholarship committee he has worked to clarify and document policy and procedure for the committee. He has also lead a push to find ways to alert the wider stained glass community to the scholarship opportunities offered by the AGG in order to build awareness and hopefully membership in the organization. In 2014 and 2016 Rick received awards for excellence in the art of stained glass at the AGG’s “Art Now” exhibitions. Rick is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia where he majored in Painting.
Carol P. Slovikosky
I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be considered again for a position on the Board of Directors for the American Glass Guild. As Treasurer, the accounting system for the AGG has grown considerably and is a big under taking and I hope to assist the Board as we continue to grow. I have the updated and current lists for membership and conference attendees, since the monies come through the Treasurer. Not to mention all expenses.
Prior to my interest in working in glass, I majored in Accounting in college. I spent over 20 years developing my skills in this field. My work in loss prevention and auditing with Saint Paul and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Companies led to the position of Senior Premium Auditor for both. In the 1970s, I had the opportunity to hold a position in the accounting-purchasing department for the Corps of Engineers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. After my insurance career, I worked with an accounting firm as an independent contractor assisting with company audits of non-profit organizations. I also held a position of bookkeeper for a small construction company.
My passion for glass drew me into the Arts & Crafts Non-Profit world. In 1988, I began working with the Lost River Craft Co-operative (now the Lost River Artisan Co-Op). From this time to the present, I have served on the Board of Directors of multiple Arts supporting Non-Profit Organizations. This would include the Tamarack Artisan Advisory Board, the Washington Street Artisan Co-Op and the Trails and Trees Studio Tour. I was a founding member of the Heritage Craft Center of the Eastern Panhandle, Inc. and served in multiple positions from Treasurer to President. I currently assist a local individual on SSI as a payee representative overseeing their financial affairs, and also assist a local business with their auction & payroll bookwork.
I began my education in glass January 1984. In October 1987, Parrish Farm Artworks was established in Virginia and the studio moved to West Virginia in 1992. My work in glass includes lead and foil methods, some slumping & fused work, plus glass painting from small items to panels. I have sold my work through multiple venues from shows to co-ops and a few galleries. My work includes new designs, commissions, and small repairs. In addition to working for myself, I do subcontract work for other artisans and businesses.
As Board member for the American Glass Guild, I hope to continue making contributions that have come from my work with other non-profit organizations and my experiences in the business and accounting fields.
If you have any questions for me, I hope you will feel free to call me at 304-676-3608 cell. Again, I thank you again, for considering me for this position.
I am honored to be nominated to the board of the American Glass Guild, and see the organization as one of the most important in our art, perhaps the most important, in this country. I know personally without it, I would have remained an isolated artisan in rural Virginia, convinced that no one was really willing to share their skills and knowledge, and that it was the nature of art to be isolated.
I have been lucky when it comes to glass; my stepfather Wayne Cain owns his own studio, Cain Architectural Art Glass, and has been working in the field since 1972. I‘ve worked with him since the age of 12, beginning with puttying windows, soldering joints, cutting lead, and beveling glass. I never imagined at that age that I would make the art my life’s work, but when I began work after getting a degree in Engineering, I realized that I didn’t feel the same sense of accomplishment in my work as I had when a completed window was finally installed in its intended opening.
I restarted my career as a glass artist when, during the recession, Wayne needed a glass painter for a project and was unable to hire his usual painter. I picked up Albinus’ book and muddled my way through the project, falling in love with both glass painting and glass again. I began working there again full time and haven’t stopped since. It’s been almost 8 years.
I have been the Auction Chair since 2014. I wanted to help the organization in that role because I was awarded a scholarship through the AGG to attend my first ever conference, and without that opportunity I would have had a much less rich professional experience, as well as not learn some of the techniques I have (or will!). I want to see the organization continue on for my generation of artists, for my peers. This is why I agreed to be nominated to the board, because it would allow me to influence how the organization goes after my generation, how artists can be made aware that the AGG want to see art glass flourish and develop, and how to keep the organization strong for another generation.