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International Year of Glass 2022

International Year of Glass 2022

Last May, the United Nations declared 2022 as the International Year of Glass (#IYOG2022). Programming will occur worldwide this year to celebrate all aspects of glass, such as studio and public art glass, architecture, history, technology, industry and science. AACG did a kick-off of our celebration of IYOG2022 on January 14. Click here to watch the program on YouTube.

The official kickoff will take place on February 10-11, 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland at the UN Palace of Nations. Among other scheduled activities, a National Day of Glass event is planned for April 5-7, 2022 in Washington, D.C. that will feature the North American glass industry, art community, government agencies and educational systems that rely on glass.

Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) is a member of the IYOG2022 International Steering Committee and is tasked, along with The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), with leading promotion efforts around the art component of this global initiative. To accomplish this, AACG requests that U.S. museums, glass centers and schools, artists, regional glass collector’s groups, and other entities with a focus on or interest in contemporary glass assist by sharing information about exhibitions, panel discussions and IYOG2022 celebrations with and These programs will then be included on event calendars of art-related glass events throughout 2022 so all can enjoy.

"This is an extraordinary time to celebrate the material of glass in the arts, science, technology, communications, architecture, and sustainability of the environment on a global basis,” said Laurence Sibrack, board president of Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. “It is our hope that artists and art institutions and organizations will join us in sharing IYOG2022 programming. Simultaneously, we will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the American Studio Glass movement in 2022.”

A current and continually updated calendar of contemporary glass art exhibitions and events can be found on the AACG website. Links to the calendars, as well as other important sources for the International Year of Glass: