Begun in 1985, GlassWeekend brings together the world's leading glass artists, collectors, galleries, and museum curators at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center for a three-day weekend. 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, both of which are not-for-profit organizations. GlassWeekend takes place every other summer in odd years. The most recent GlassWeekend took place June 12 to 14, 2015. The next one will take place in 2017.
In addition to the featured artists, other artists, collectors, curators, and galleries are present for a program of exhibitions, lectures, gallery sales, artists' demonstrations, and social events in the relaxed country atmosphere of the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center. Some of the world's leading galleries in the field of contemporary studio glass exhibit works from dozens of the field's premier artists. Both famous and emerging artists demonstrate their work in the large glass studio. There is also a series of receptions and social events. About 2,500 people, including over 200 of the nation's leading collectors, generally attend the gallery exhibits and see the guest artists at work.
The Creative Glass Center of America, a division of Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Inc., was formed in 1983 to provide fellowships to emerging artists working in glass. At that time, few facilities were available to artists in which to develop and experiment with their own work. CGCA fellowships provide for the free use of Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center's 16,000 square-foot glass hot shop, cold shop, and associated facilities such as the Museum of American Glass for research. Since the beginning, over 150 fellowships have been awarded to both emerging and mid-career artists. Many of the emerging artists have gone on to become leaders in the field, including José Chardiet, Mary Van Kline, Steve Tobin, and Hiroshi Yamano, while mid-career and master artists such as Jane Bruce, Lino Tagliapietro, and Dan Dailey have also taken advantage of the program. A CGCA fellowship allows artists approximately three months of uninterrupted time to develop their own work, experiment, and pursue new ideas and techniques. Along with the use of studio facilities, each fellowship includes housing and a stipend.
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