Rochester 2017

Rochester, New York, on the southern shores of Lake Ontario in the western part of the state, is the site of the American Glass Guild’s 2017 Conference on May 19-21, 2017.  Our theme this year: Harmony: Old and New, On Light and the Gift.

If there’s only one conference you can attend this year, make it this one! Our Conference Chair Nancy Gong, a Rochester native, has pulled together a slate of presenters and panelists, demonstrators and workshop instructors that is world-class and extensive. Please take a look at our Program Schedule.

Workshops will be held on three days this year, two leading up to the conference and one immediately following.  In addition, the American Glass Now:2017 juried exhibition will be on display during the conference before it travels on to the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC.  Be sure to see this show! The Rochester Stained and Architectural Art Glass Tour will take place on Sunday afternoon, May 21st, and features traditional stained glass as well as contemporary architectural installations in and around Rochester.

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Our venue for the conference is the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside, located in downtown Rochester. Conveniently located, Rochester is 90 minutes from Niagara Falls, 90 minutes to the Corning Museum of Glass, and 45 minutes to the Finger Lakes region- well known for the Genesee River, one of the few rivers in the world that runs north, glacial landscapes, recreation, wineries, and microbreweries. Genesee Brewery, founded in 1878,  is located a short walk from downtown hotels.

Rooms are available at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside at a discounted group rate until Sunday, April 16, 2017.  Rates are:

$109 per night, single or double (room only)


$119 per night (breakfast included)


Reservations can also be made by contacting the hotel directly at (585)546-6400 or (800)333-3333.  Be sure to mention the American Glass Guild 2017 room block when calling. Make your reservation early to lock in the discounted rate!


Rochester is home to world-class events throughout the year. The festival season kicks-off with the world’s largest lilac collection at Highland Park’s Lilac Festival (May) where hundreds of thousands visitors enjoy 10 days of brilliant floral colors, fragrance and entertainment. Downtown is alive with the sounds of jazz during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival(June) held in the City’s East End Entertainment District, home to the renowned Eastman School of Music. Rochester has been named one of the 10 best golf cities in the country.

Rochester sits at the center of 100 Must-See Miles of the Erie Canal which when opened in 1825, made Rochester the country’s first “boomtown.” Today, the historic canal thrives as an active recreational waterway with towpaths, shops and charming towns telling America’s story of “how the west began!” Rochester is home to two national historic landmarks open to the public, the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House and George Eastman Museum. Adults and children are entertained in the second largest children’s museum in the US, the National Museum of Play.