Prestigious Glass Art Society Chooses St. Pete for 2019 Conference

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The 2019 GAS Conference, themed Charting a Course: Visions in Glass will explore the new energy of St. Petersburg and the Florida Gulf Coast, from Sarasota to Tampa, offering a new perspective on future directions in glass for the GAS Conference March 28-31, 2019. Sun – Sand – Sea – St. Pete!

This is a huge accolade for the St. Pete arts community. “St. Petersburg is a city of youthful, vibrant arts communities and dynamic change, as well as famous fine white sandy beaches. With an average citizen age of 39, the city has benefited from the migration of forward-thinking entrepreneurs, artists, and businesses attracted by its livability. It’s a glass-loving town as attested by the Chihuly Collection, the Morean Arts Center and hot shop, Imagine Museum, Duncan McClellan Gallery and hot shop, and the Zen Glass Studio, all within 2 miles of each other,” says the Glass Arts Society  (GAS).in their release.

The GAS conference is an opportunity to meet and review the past and approach the future in the spirit of the glass art pioneers from whose intention, innovation and momentum we benefit every day.Artists will benefit both from the creative and business insights this conference provides including.
• Charting career skills and new routes of success
• New relationships with the science and technology of glass
• New creative directions in the work of emerging glass artists
• Changes in market conditions and developing responsive strategies
• Exploring new directions in collecting

SUBMIT A PROPOSAL by Jan. 19th: Individuals and groups to submit proposals for demonstrations, lectures, lec-mos, and panels in kiln casting/forming, hot glass, flameworking, and coldworking. Proposals with content that highlight the theme may be submitted for consideration from now through Friday, January 19, 2018 by 11:59 pm PST. Click here to learn more.

About The Glass Art Society:  The Glass Art Society is an international non-profit organization founded in 1971 whose purpose is to encourage excellence, to advance education, to promote the appreciation and development of the glass arts, and to support the worldwide community of artists who work with glass. The membership of the Glass Art Society (GAS) is over 2,200 from 47 countries around the world.

GAS holds an annual conference (in 2018 – Murano, Italy), publishes the Glass Art Society Journal and provides online versions of GASnews and the Glass Art Society online Member Directory featuring member profiles with image galleries, bios and more. GAS strives to stimulate communication among artists, educators, students, collectors, gallery and museum personnel, art critics, manufacturers, and all others interested in and involved with the production, technology and aesthetics of glass.

(Photos courtesy of GAS)

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