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Regional and Local Contemporary Glass Collectors' Groups

Though there is no official affiliation between the AACG and the various regional collectors' groups throughout the country, the AACG encourages, supports and cooperates with these groups as part of its outreach program.

Each area uses its artistic institutions, schools, museums and galleries. Many of the regional groups arrange trips featuring studio glass, have lectures or small group meetings with local and visiting artists, and have a network of glass collectors. It is a fun way to meet other collectors and share the pleasure of visiting each others' collections.

Many of the groups reach out to educate the public, curators, art journals and the local media to further the contemporary glass movement and increase the recognition due this wonderful sculpture made from glass. Some groups provide grants to deserving local artists and art students.

Below is the list of currently established regional groups, with brief information about their purposes and activities. Some groups have provided more extensive information, listed on separate pages, with links in the paragraphs below.

| Arizona | Los Angeles | Northern California | Southeast Florida | Southwest Florida | Illinois |

| Indiana | Michigan | New Mexico | New York | Philadelphia | Texas Gulf Coast |

 

Arizona: Arizona Glass Alliance

Arizona Glass Alliance is an active group of collectors, artists and gallery owners who focus on glass-related activities and promote the use of glass in art throughout Arizona.  The group sponsors presentations by visiting artists as well as visits to its own member artists’ studios. The group also sponsors gallery receptions and presentations by artists, curators and others in cooperation with local museums and other institutions.  Events are generally held between September and May.  At least one trip per year is planned to exciting glass-related locations, such as the April 2010 trip to Detroit for the Habatat International.  Arizona Glass Alliance is a friendly group and happy to welcome visiting glass enthusiasts to events.  Dues are $25 per year for full-time artists and students, $35 for singles, and $50 for couples, galleries, and all others.  For further information see our website at www.azglassalliance.org or contact Sharon Schomer at 480-451-8738, e-mail fredschomer@cox.net

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California: Glass Alliance of Los Angeles (GALA)

Glass Alliance of Los Angeles (GALA) encourages active membership of art enthusiasts including collectors, artists, galleries, educators and curators. To promote the field of glass in the contemporary art world, GALA sponsors events throughout the year. Museum and foundation tours, visits to collectors' homes, artist lectures and out-of-town trips are some of the activities the membership enjoys. Most events include either a cocktail reception or a dinner. The group encourages a membership that focuses on learning and collecting rather than promoting their private enterprises. Dues are $75 or $150/year, and there are additional charges for events. For membership, send a fax to 310-278-7949, including name, address, and fax number. A membership packet will be mailed or faxed in reply. For additional information, contact Anne Cohen Ruderman, aniko3@aol.com.

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California: Glass Alliance of Northern California (GLANC)

The Glass Alliance of Northern California (GLANC) enables glass enthusiasts, artists, educators, curators and collectors to participate in a range of services and activities. It is an active organization where members visit artists’ studios, private collections, and galleries, go to special event previews, and hear educational lectures. GLANC also publishes a quarterly newsletter and arranges a members’ trip to some spectacular glass destination every year. For further information about GLANC, go to our website www.glancinfo.org or contact us at info@glancinfo.org. President Susan J. Longini can be reached at 510-552-4366 or SusanLongini1@gmail.com.

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Florida: Florida Glass Art Alliance

The Florida group is active November through April each year in the greater Southeast Florida area. The group visits private collections, artists' studios, museum shows and gallery openings. For membership, send check for $50 (couple) or $25 (single) plus name, Florida address and phone, "North" address and phone to Sheldon Palley, 8365 S.W. 91st St., Miami, FL 33156. For additional information, and to receive e-mail about upcoming dates and times, send your e-mail address to Cheryl Dater at totlpkgllc@aol.com or call her at 561-445-5599. 

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Florida: Southwest Florida Glass Art Alliance

The Soutwest Florida Glass Art Alliance covers Tampa down to and including Naples. Dues are $35, payable to the SW Florida Glass Art Alliance.  For information, contact  Carol Camiener, 941-383-8840, or e-mail carolcam228@comcast.net; or Sue Gleeksman, suegleek@gmail.com.

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Illinois: Midwest Contemporary Glass Art Group (MCGAG)

The Midwest Contemporary Glass Art Group (MCGAG), based in the Chicago area, welcomes collectors, artists, gallery personnel, educators, curators, and anyone else with an interest in contemporary art glass. It aims to stimulate interest in this medium and promote awareness of it as a major art form. MCGAG visits artists' studios and local collections, holds lectures, and travels to important glass events and museums. For membership, send a check for $30 (individual) or $50 (family to Midwest Contemporary Glass Art Group (MCGAG) c/o Karen Kitzes, 3 Court of Harborside, #201, Northbrook, IL 60062.  Include name(s), address, phone number, e-mail address, category (collector, artist, educator, other) and whether you would be willing to host the group to see your collection.  Visit the MCGAG website at www.midwestcgag.com. For more information, contact Karen Kitzes,  karenkitzes@att.net, or 847-564-1715.

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Indiana: Indiana Glass Arts Alliance (IGAA)

The mission of the Indiana Glass Arts Alliance is to foster and share enthusiasm for fine art glass. IGAA is open to experienced and new collectors, artists, gallery owners, educators and other arts organizations. Our goal is to support local artists, glass educational programs, glass events, and the new GLASS COMPLEX being built at the Indianapolis Art Center. If you are interested in joining IGAA or for more information, e-mail Cynthia Thompson at thompsonsmeadow@yahoo.com or call Michael Jacobs (317) 924-3518.

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Michigan: Michigan Glass Collecting Alliance (MGCA)

The Michigan Glass Collecting Alliance (MGCA) is interested in supporting artists that use glass as their medium through education, research and promotion. Please visit the MGCA website: www.ContemporaryGlassCollecting.com. MGCA membership is 100% free. We're open to ideas or suggestions from members regarding trips, events and happenings throughout Michigan. Contact Corey Hampson at 248-310-7240 or corey@habatat.com for a membership application.

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New Mexico: Glass Alliance - New Mexico

Glass Alliance - New Mexico is a regional community group interested in the glass arts.  Collectors, artists, museum curators and gallery/dealers are welcome to attend Glass Alliance – New Mexico's year-round activities. An active schedule of international artist’s Art Experience - Experience Art demonstrations and Maestro Weekends of demos, presentations, receptions and visits to private studios and collections are core activities. Our website, www.glassnm.org, contains an events calendar and a "Travel Request" form for directed or guided tours of studios and collectors’ homes in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos and other New Mexico locations. Annual dues begin at $40 per individual and $25 for artists. The group is an affiliate partner with the Taos Institute for Glass Arts (TIGA). For information contact David Goldheim, 505-296-0404 or davidgoldheim@comcast.net

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New York: Metropolitan Contemporary Glass Group (MCGG)

The Metropolitan Contemporary Glass Group (MCGG) is the oldest continuing studio art glass collectors' group in the country. Founded in 1983, its more than 200 members come primarily from New York and New Jersey, although there are members from other states and Canada. The main purpose of the group is to share the love of glass with others, to learn as much as possible about glass art and its techniques, and to have a really nice time with some nice people in the process. Meetings are held from eight to ten times a year. Meetings take place in art galleries where an artist whose work is being featured is speaking, in members' homes, in museums or regional glass centers. MCGG runs an annual long-weekend trip. Depending on location, the trips include meetings with artists in their studios, visiting collectors' homes, museum exhibitions, galleries, and hopefully, having some great food as well. Recent trips were to Louisville, Boston, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Corning, NY, Ashville, NC, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Detroit and Montreal, Canada. MCGG donates funds to various glass-related causes, including an annual fellowship to an emerging glass artist for use at UrbanGlass. Annual dues are $50/individual, $75/couple and $85/family. For membership information, contact Michael Gotts, membership chairman, at michaelgotts@hotmail.com or 212-724-1015, or Fred Sanders, president at 212-381-8751 or fredsanders135@optonline.net.   

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Pennsylvania: Contemporary Glass Philadelphia (CGP)

Contemporary Glass Philadelphia (CGP) serves as a forum for collectors, artists, gallery owners, educators, curators and the public to share meaningful experiences through the contemporary glass movement. CGP provides lectures, demonstrations, meetings, shows, trips, and get-togethers while placing a unique emphasis on assisting glass artists as well as educating new and developing collectors. Members receive the newsletter, The Gather. CGP holds five to six events per year. Through fundraising events, CGP gives grants to local artists and organizations. Dues are $25/students, $35/individuals, $65/families, $250/benefactors. For more information, contact Sheldon Bernick at sbernick@comcast.net or 215-235-4242. 

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Texas: Gulf Coast Glass Alliance

Membership is $45 per person. A membership application and additional information can be found on the group's website: www.gulfcoastglassalliance.com. For other information, contact Ardis Bartle at ardisbartle@earthlink.net or 713-446-1902.

| Arizona | Los Angeles | Northern California | Southeast Florida | Southwest Florida | Illinois |

| Indiana | Michigan | New Mexico | New York | Philadelphia | Texas Gulf Coast |