I want to wish all of our members a healthy and happy 2016.
2015 was an outstanding year for AACG. A survey conducted by Bonnie Marx in Chicago this past November indicated that AACG has a lot of new members. I also know that our membership numbers are as high as or higher than they have ever been. Our Visionary membership is at an all-time high. Visionary perks notwithstanding, this program funds the AACG scholarship program which last year provided $10,000 in scholarships to promising art students working with glass. This year the number will be $25,000. This in no way reduces the AACG grants program that provides at least $60,000 in grants to museums and art centers to promote exhibitions and AACG. 2015 was also the year in which the grants program of AACG provided its one millionth dollar of grants. WOW!!
I don’t think any of the events at SOFA Chicago could have gone any better. I want to sincerely thank all our members who helped make these activities a tremendous success. We had three large busloads of members for our home tours on Thursday, and everyone had a wonderful time. I believe our annual AACG Board meeting may have been the shortest in our organization’s history. Although we may not have been sure at first, the new location for the AACG ice cream social, awards presentation and fundraising auction turned out to be excellent. Our thanks to the staff at Urban Expositions who made this all work out so well. Our Visionary luncheon at Riva’s was a great success. We (Judy Heller, Visionary co-chair) even signed up a new Visionary member right on the spot. Although I didn’t get to attend most of them, I’m told all the lectures and other presentations were terrific. I know Olivia and I added four pieces to our collection this year: two pieces from galleries and two from the AACG auction. They’ve all been delivered and look magnificent. While I personally thought the SOFA exhibition was great, only the galleries and the Urban Exposition management know for sure. In any case, please enjoy all of the SOFA photos in this issue.
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Harlan J. Fischer