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American Glass Guild conference


The fourth annual American Glass Guild conference will be held July 17-19, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Buffalo, NY. Buffalo has a rich history of architecture and stained glass, including Frank Lloyd Wright's spectacular Darwin Martin House, and is 15 minutes from Niagara Falls (bring your passport!).

We have an exciting conference planned with varied presentations addressing our multifaceted field, including: artists, art history, new design, technique, conservation, internet marketing, and business. Speakers will be coming from Australia, Canada, England, Germany and around the United States and include: Robert Jekyll - 30 Years in the Stained Glass Trenches; Dr. Bronwyn Hughes - Treasures Down Under: Australia's Stained Glass; Wilhelm Derix - Art Glass in Architecture; Don Burt - Photoshop, Illustrator, and The Wacom Tablet: Favorite Techniques; Ardra Hartz and Sr. Diane Couture - Art Glass Tour of the Southeast Quadrant; Jacquelann Killian - The Stained Glass Designs of Alice Cordelia Morse; Tom Krepcio - Stained Glass in the Internet Age; Barbara Krueger, Don Samick, Ardra Hartz and Karen Langille - If I Started My Stained Glass Business Today, Things I Would Do Differently; J. Kenneth Leap - Seeing Red: Lawrence Saint and the Quest for Medieval Striated Ruby; Linda Lichtman - Public Art and the Individual; Dan Maher - A Passion for Glass and the Design That Follows; Gene Mallard - Glass Painting Panel; Ellen Miret - Decisions, Decisions: Thoughts on Glass Selection; Rachel Phillips - Trusting the Light: The Stained Glass of Evie Hone; Diane Roberts Rousseau - Ancient Glass from Hampton Court, Herefordshire: An Approach to Conservation; Neal Vogel and John Wardell Clark - In Search of Diana & Endymion: The Research & Restoration of Lead Silhouette Windows…

There will be a day of pre-conference workshops on Thursday July 16th, including a six-hour stained-glass conservation workshop led by Professor Jonathan Thornton of the Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State University and held at the conservation department, as well as several 3-hour hands-on workshops: China Painting with Kathy Jordan; Air-brush painting with Ken Leap (Friday), Glass Eye with Joseph 2Bears, and Dalle-de-Verre with Helmut Schardt.

A post-conference stained-glass bus tour will take place on Monday, July 20th and includes glass by Tiffany Studios, John La Farge, Mary Tillinghast, Ben Shahn, Benoit Gilsoul, and Frank Lloyd Wright, among others.

We will be publishing a Post-Print of all the talks, which the AGG will sell to support its educational activities. To purchase the 2008 Philadelphia Conference Pre-Print ($20), with papers on Harry Clarke, Wilhelmina Geddes, Safe Handling of Acid, and many other topics, contact Barbara Krueger ( for ordering information.

Each year we hold an auction that benefits our scholarship fund (we've given 28 scholarships in the last three years!) and defrays a small portion of our conference costs. Books, stained glass panels, glass, wine and such have been donated in the past. Please contact Ardra Hartz, the auction chair: concerning a donation. Items up for auction are posted on our website and donations can be made at any time before the auction begins. We also plan an exhibit of Member's work. If you're not a member, we encourage all to join!

Make your hotel reservations today to insure a room at the conference rate:

The mission of the AGG is to provide an open forum for the exchange of information on stained, leaded and decorative glass and its creation, preservation, restoration, and history. Our intention is to work toward building an environment within the field that both cultivates novices and facilitates experienced artists and craftspeople to attain a higher level of expertise. Our well-received conferences include presentations, round-table discussions, and demonstrations by notable national and international experts. Information on past conferences is available on our website at

We look forward to seeing you in Buffalo!