The Chrysler Museum of Art and the Perry Glass Studio will host the 46th Annual Glass Art Society (GAS) conference from June 1–3, welcoming international leaders in the contemporary glass community to Hampton Roads for a weekend of innovative performances.
The 2017 conference, “Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance,” invites attendees to experience technical glass demonstrations; lectures on science and art; regionwide exhibitions; and special events. Several events are open to the public, including free demonstrations on the pre-conference Day of Glass, a gallery hop in the NEON Arts District, the Goblet Grab, an International Student Exhibition and live and silent auctions.
The conference features presentations from industry leaders in a variety of glass disciplines, including demonstrations of new techniques in hot glass, coldworking and flameworking.
Artist Mark Dion will deliver the keynote address, “Adventures in the Culture of Nature,” on Thursday, June 1. Dion’s work explores the ways in which public institutions and dominant ideologies shape understanding of history, knowledge and the natural world. His work is held in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Gallery in London and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, among others. He is a mentor at Columbia University in New York and co-director of Mildred’s Lane, an innovative art education and residency program in Beach Lake, Pa.
Two artists will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the development of glass worldwide. Joyce J. Scott will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Exceptional Achievement and Contributions to the Studio Glass Field. Scott constructs sophisticated bead sculptures incorporating glass, clay, fabric and found objects that address social topics, including racism, violence and gender inequality. In her home city of Baltimore, Scott is an active leader promoting creative spaces for the community. In 2016, she received a prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award,” a five-year grant intended to provide recipients with flexibility to pursue their work.
Wayne Strattman will receive the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award for Outstanding Service to the Glass Art Society. Strattman is the owner of the Boston-based Strattman Design, a world leader in building museum displays, custom sculpture and innovative lighting products. Through his involvement in GAS, he initiated and endowed the Strattman Critical Dialogue Lecture Series, co-funded the Technology Advancing Glass (TAG) grant program and started and helped to maintain neon exhibitions at GAS conferences since 1997.
The Chrysler Museum of Art’s glass collection is encyclopedic, containing more than 10,000 works from every era of glassmaking. In 2011, the Museum opened its Glass Studio, which quickly earned acclaim for its monthly Third Thursday theatrical glass performances. The Museum’s selection as host of the 2017 conference further cements the Chrysler’s reputation as a destination for artists and patrons. The Chrysler Museum was selected after an international competition for the honor of hosting the conference. It also marks a return to the region where the country’s first glassmaking took place in Jamestown.
The 2017 GAS conference is co-chaired by Diane Wright, the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass; Charlotte Potter, Manager and Programming Director of the Perry Glass Studio; and community volunteers Virginia Hitch and Colin McKinnon. Attendees are encouraged to share their experiences on social media with the tag #GASNorfolk.
To register to attend and for more information, click here.
Free, unless otherwise noted
“Play Me, I’m Yours” by Luke Jerram
May 23–June 4, Downtown Norfolk and the NEON Arts District
Located on streets in downtown Norfolk, pianos invite passersby to play and enjoy. The pianos will be decorated by local artists and community groups, encouraging an opportunity for people to connect. For more information, see StreetPianosNorfolk.com.
Day of Glass
Wednesday, May 31, NEON Arts District
Day of Glass showcases one-of-a-kind, live glassmaking demonstrations:
11 a.m. Chrysler Museum Curator of Exhibitions Seth Feman leads a gallery talk exploring the exhibition Pilchuck Prints
1 p.m. The Chrysler Museum’s Perry Glass Studio Team (at the Glass Studio, 745 Duke St.)
2 p.m. The Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow, a new, updated mobile hot shop
(in the Glass Studio Parking lot, 745 Duke St.)
3 p.m. Tidewater Community College’s Three-Ring Circus
(in the parking lot east of 128 Granby St., near Glass Wheel Studio).
4 p.m. The Chrysler Museum’s Perry Glass Studio Team (at Work│Release, 759 Granby St.)
22nd Annual Goblet Grab
Friday, June 2, 12:30 p.m. at Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 235 E. Main St.
The Goblet Grab, a longstanding GAS Conference tradition, invites artists to donate a handcrafted goblet, mug, tumbler or drinking glass. Participants position themselves near the vessel they hope to get their hands on first in order to add it to their collection. Prices for the artworks at this fast-paced event range from $50–$200. Proceeds support the GAS Special Project Community Partnership Fund.
First Friday and Gallery Hop
Friday, June 2, 6–11 p.m. throughout Downtown Norfolk, the NEON Arts District and Olde Towne Portsmouth
The public is invited to take a self-guided tour of special exhibitions in downtown Norfolk featuring artists from the Washington Glass School, the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Assistantship Program, the Virginia Glass Guild and the Glass Art Society. Ride the ferry to historic Olde Towne Portsmouth and visit the Visual Art Center at Tidewater Community College and Portsmouth Cultural Art Center. In addition, pianos will beckon players on the sidewalks around the city as part of artist Luke Jerram’s “Play Me, I’m Yours” installation.
Live and Silent Auctions
Previews: Friday, June 2, 5:30–7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 3, 1:30–5 p.m.
Silent Auction: First table closes Saturday, June 3 at 5:15 p.m.
Live Auction: Saturday, June 3, 6–7 p.m.
The silent and live auctions present a perfect opportunity to take home amazing work created by GAS presenters and members—some of the world’s leading artists in the medium—while supporting the organization at the same time. Phone bids are welcome. The auction catalog and bidding instructions at www.glassart.org.