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Glass Art Society Announces 2012 Award Winners

The Glass Art Society has announced that its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to  Joel Philip Myers and Bertil Vallien. The winners will accept their awards at the 42nd annual conference , to be held at the Toledo Museum of Art on June 14, 2012. GAS has been giving the Lifetime Achievement Award since 1993 to acknowledge individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the glass arts worldwide.

The Lifetime Achievement Award winners will each give a lecture at the conference opening ceremonies. Myers’ lecture is entitled “En Lykkens Pamphilius” (One Lucky Guy) and Vallien’s is named “There Must Be a Reason.” Vallien will also give a demonstration as part of the conference program.

A ceramicist by training, Joel Philip Myers was the design director at Blenko Glass. In 1970, after seven years at Blenko, he began the glass program at Illinois State University in Normal.  After 30 years of teaching Myers has retired and now works exclusively on his glass vessels.

Bertil Vallien is a Swedish artist who also began as a ceramics designer. Read more about Vallien in this website’s December Artist of the Month section. He is a key figure in developing sandcast glass techniques and has taught widely on this subject.

| Posted 11 Dec 01

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