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What We Do

AACG awards grants annually to arts organizations in support of specific educational purposes. Since 1991, AACG has awarded more than $1,000,000 in grants to more than 290 museum exhibitions of contemporary art glass, catalogs and panel discussions in connection with exhibitions, and traveling exhibitions. Look under the Grants drop-down menu on this website for more information.

Through its Visionary Level Membership, AACG 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 scholarships awarded range from $2,500 to $3,000. This program was created as part of the AACG's mission to further the development of art made from glass. For more information on this program, click here

AACG presents an annual award to an organization, honoring its contributions to the contemporary glass movement, with an unrestricted grant and sponsorship of a public lecture at SOFA Chicago. The organization also presents annual Honors Awards at SOFA Chicago to individuals of outstanding accomplishment in the field of contemporary glass art.  Click here to see a history of award honorees.

AACG co-sponsors the biennial event, GlassWeekend, with the Creative Glass Center of America at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center—a weekend of glass where artists, collectors and galleries are present for a program that includes hot shop demonstrations, exhibitions, lectures, and social events. Proceeds of the event support the fellowship program of the Creative Glass Center of America and the educational programs of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.

AACG also hosts its own member trips, collectors’ home tours throughout the year in various cities through its Collectors’ Travel Network, and an annual reception at SOFA Chicago for members.  We publish a quarterly newsletter mailed to members. And AACG has become a conduit for collectors, artists, gallery owners, and museum curators and directors to meet and form fast friendships.