The 2014 American Glass Guild Annual Conference was held June 26th - 30th, on the campus of Bryn Athyn College in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. The Auction raised over $20,000 for our James Whitney Memorial Scholarship fund.

Thanks to J. Kenneth Leap, Chair, and Tom Krepcio, Co-Chair, for organizing such an amazing program of lectures, workshops and demonstrations. And thanks to all who came to make it one of our best conferences to date!

We have elected Patrice Schelkun as our new president. Tom Krepcio will remain as Vice President, Bradford Anderson as Secretary, and Janet Lipstreu as Treasurer.

We will be rolling out information for the 2015 Conference, to be held in Washington, DC in the upcoming months, on the website and AGG Facebook page, so please stay tuned.

AGG Inspiration Award
was given to Paula Mandel & Joan Myerson Shrager for their community outreach project in Philadelphia titled "THE STAINED GLASS PROJECT". To listen to a 49-minute audio interview with Paula Mandel & Joan Myerson Shrager by J.Kenneth Leap from May 2014, click here.


see 2014 Conference Blog.

see Past Conferences


The American Glass Guild's Annual Juried Show
April 26 to June 30th, 2014  

Participating Artists: Don Burt, Joseph Cavalieri, Marie Foucault-Phipps, Saara Gallin, Nancy Gong, Mary Clerkin Higgins, Sr. Ann Therese Kelly, Barbara Krueger, J. Kenneth Leap, Linda Lichtman, Ellen Mandelbaum, Sean Merchant, Hallie Richards Monroe, Nancy Nicholson, Rick Prigg, Patrice Schelkun, Amy Valuk, and Sasha Zhitneva.

Our thanks go to the jury - Virginia Raguin (Professor of Art History at College of the Holy Cross) and Judith Schaechter (Artist and Educator at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA Academy of the Arts, and the NY Academy of the Arts) who presented a very insightful critique of the entire exhibition during the conference. 

The Jury presented two American Glass Guild AGNX Awards for Excellence in the Art of Stained Glass, considering creative use of materials, original expression, aesthetic impact, clarity of narrative, and complexity of execution to Mary Clerkin Higgins and Richard Prigg. Congratulations to both of them!

An Exhibition Catalog is available for purchase below or by visitng (Starting at $24.99 for Soft cover version plus shipping for orders under 20)

The AGG is sad to announce the passing of another great hero of ours, Joseph Barnes. 

Joseph Barnes of Bendheim received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Glass Guild (AGG), honoring his lifelong dedication to the stained glass industry. Joe’s career spanned over 60 years, of which almost 40 were with Bendheim. He was the first recipient of the award, which is now presented annually as the “Joseph Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award"

 “Joe’s love of people and deeply rooted work ethic have made him a great asset to Bendheim and the stained glass industry,” said Robert Jayson, President of Bendheim at the presentation.  “Joe is known as the first in to work and the last to leave; (he) can always be relied upon to do the job, no matter what the task. I cannot imagine how many thousands of people he has helped with color selection, substitutions, shipping questions or “how-to” advice.”

After World War II Joe found his first glass job at Leo Popper’s, which imported specialty glass, almost by accident. He spent years learning the business under Popper’s guidance. In 1969 Popper closed its doors and Barnes brought his skills to Bendheim. 

In an interview Joe stated: “I love working with glass, It has charm, beauty and so many design possibilities, there is so much you can do with it. The other great part of this job is working with people. I enjoy talking to them and helping them choose their glass."

Joe witnessed Bendheim grow from a small family-owned business to a national specialty glass company with five divisions, over 100 employees, facilities on both coasts, and a New York City showroom. As the company evolved, Joe’s commitment to work did not diminish. 

Upon his retirement he stated: “I do not want to retire. I love the family-like friendliness and connection with people here. I do not think such atmosphere exists in companies any more. This job is my life.”

Our condolenses go out to Joe's family.  Joe, you will be missed!



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