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Visionary Scholarship Fund

Visionary Scholarship Fund

The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) through their Visionary Level Membership has instituted a Visionary Scholarship program directed toward individual artists who are making or seeking to make a full-time career using the medium of glass. The scholarships are chosen from nominations made by designated teaching institutions. The amount of each scholarship awarded will be approximately $2,500. This program was created as part of the AACG's mission to further the development of art made from glass.

In 2017 AACG Visionary scholarships were awarded to the following artists:

  • Jennifer Crescuillo; for a fellowship at WheatonArts, Millville, NJ; nominated by the Creative Glass Center of America.
  • Joan Biddle, Mollie Hansen, and Kelsie McNair; for a glassblowing and painting on glass course; nominated by the Chrysler Museum of Art.
  • Katerine Rutecki; for a course on Scandinavian screen printing on glass; nominated by the Southern Illinois University School of Art and Design.
  • Leo Tecosky; for a course titled “Life Blows On;” nominated by UrbanGlass.
  • Gregory Wright; for a course titled “Senior Studio;” nominated by Alfred University.
  • Victoria Ahmadizadek; for a course titled “Defining Line;” nominated by Pilchuck Glass School.
  • Maria Conner; for a course titled “Materiality and Spirituality;” nominated by California State University, San Bernardino.
  • Charles Reynolds; for a course titled “Research in Glass;” nominated by the University of Texas, Arlington.
  • Audrey Wilson; for a course titled “Architectural Approaches;” nominated by Penland School of Crafts.
  • Arin Ashley; for graduate research through 12/2017; nominated by the Tyler School of Art of Temple University.
  • Katherine Rutecki; for a course at UrbanGlass; nominated by Southern Illinois University.


In 2016 AACG Visionary scholarships were awarded to the following artists:

  • Courtney Branam, for the course "Crafts, Clients & Caliphers" at Pilchuck Glass School, WA
  • Eric Hess for the MFA research in glass at the University of Texas, Arlington
  • Brian McLaughlin for a graduate class at the California School of the Arts, Oakland
  • Kit Paulson for "Experimental Glass Engraving at Corning," nominated by Southern Illinois University at Carbondale School of Art and Design.
  • Sharise Peacock for "Graduate Projects in Glass" at the Tyler School of Art/Temple University, Philadelphia
  • Nate Ricciuto for a Creative Glss Center of America fellowship at WheatonArts, Millville, NJ
  • Rebecca Szparagowski for the course "Flameworkinng for Everyone" at Penland School of Crafts, NC
  • Jade Usackas, Kimberly McKinnis, and Ali Feeney, for "Screen Printed Powder" at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio, Norfolk, VA
  • Evan Voelbel for "Graduate Class Studio IIA" at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

In 2015 AACG Visionary scholarships were awarded to the following artists: 

  • Cheryl Patrice Derricotte, nominated by Penland School of Crafts for the program "Susan Taylor Glasgow - Glass Plus"
  • Amy Lemaire, nominated by WheatonArts and Cultural Center for the program "Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship"
  • Lisa Demagall, nominated through Pilchuck Glass School for the program "Kiva Ford: The Glass is Half Full"
  • Erin Murdock, nominated by Haystack Mountain School of Crafts for the program "Making a Good Impression" with Daniel Clayman

AACG will be accepting requests for 2018 scholarships from accredited 501c3 (non-profit) programs. The applications must come from the schools and need to be for students accepted into their program and vetted by them. (No applications directly from individual artists will be accepted.)

The Scholarship Application must be submitted no later than April 1, 2018. The Visionary Scholarship program instructions and forms are available for download below.

  • To download the Scholarship Program Instructions, please click here.
  • To download the Scholarship Application (for the school only), please click here.
  • To download the Recipient Evaluation of the Scholarship Program (for scholarship recipient only) please click here.
  • To download the School Evaluation of the Scholarship Recipient/Acknowledgement (for the school only), please click here.

All forms, except for the Scholarship Application, must be submitted to AACG within thirty (30) days after the course ends.

For more information, e-mail the AACG Visionary Committee at