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Glass Art Society 2017 Annual Conference Coming to Chrysler Museum

Published: September 18, 2015

The Glass Art Society (GAS) announced its selection of the Chrysler Museum of Art and its Glass Studio as host for its 2017 annual conference.

The Chrysler was among several venues in an international competition for the conference. The conference brings together members of GAS from around the world: acclaimed and emerging artists, students, glass hobbyists, and collectors.

From June 1-3, 2017, attendees will experience technical glass demonstrations on various glass processes and topics; lectures on science and art; special events such as local gallery hops, a goblet grab, an international student exhibition, and live and silent auctions.

Participants will also witness its groundbreaking theatrical glass performances, for which the Studio is quickly establishing a national reputation.

The 2017 conference theme will be Reflections from the Edge - Glass, Art, and Performance. GAS selected the Chrysler, in part, on the strengths of its renowned glass collection and its Studio's growing name in the world of glass, especially in the area of glass performances.

The Chrysler Museum of Art boasts an encyclopedic collection of more than 10,000 works in glass, including significant strengths in American, English and French glass.

The state-of-the-art Perry Glass Studio, launched in 2011 to complement the Museum's glass collection, helps demonstrate how masterworks in the collection were created. The Studio offers free public glassmaking demonstrations and classes and workshops for all levels of expertise.

Both the Museum and the Glass Studio also serve as an anchor for Norfolk's blossoming arts district. New Energy of Norfolk, or NEON, will launch in fall 2015, inviting visual, performing, culinary, and touring artists to transform several downtown blocks an into a synergistic urban hub for creativity.

source: City of Norfolk