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2010 Detroit Conference Biographies

(in alphabetical order)  - back to 2010 Conference Overview


Drew Anderson

Conservation Discussion Panel (Sunday, July 25, a.m.)

Sister Diane CoutureDrew Anderson, Conservator in the Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Drew received an M.A. in Stained Glass Conservation from the Victoria & Albert Museum, and he served as senior conservator in the Stained Glass Conservation Section of the V & A from 1996-2004. He previously held a position as Production Manager at Goddard & Gibbs Studios, Ltd. in London. He has served as a stained glass committee member of the Council for the Care of Churches and Chairman of the ICON Stained Glass Section in the UK.  He is a member of the Conservation Committee of the American Corpus Vitrearum.



Herb Babcock

Modern Stained Glass in Detroit (Saturday, July 24, p.m.)

Sister Diane Couturewww.herbbabcock.com
 
Herb Babcock is the Section Chair of the Glass Department at the College for Creative Studies, Center of Art and Design in Detroit, Michigan.  He has served as Chair or a Professor in this department since 1974. Herb is also an accomplished sculptor working in mixed media with a focus on glass.  He has many public and private commissions to his credit and has exhibited extensively both in the US and abroad. 


Debra Balchen

Open Drawing Workshop (Thursday, July 22, evening)

Debra BalchenDebra Balchen is a Chicago area artist who specializes in painting,drawing, sculpture and art glass. Raised in Chicago, she has also lived in South Africa, Kenya and Egypt. She studied art at the Art Students League of New York, the Kitengela Glass Studios in Kenya, the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and the Palette and Chisel and  Vitruvian Fine Art Studio in Chicago. You can see the windows she designed for the largest church in Israel, The Church of the Sermon on the Mount, in the Spring 2010 issue of The Stained Glass Quarterly. Debra’s work can be seen at www.debrabalchen.com


Gail Bardhan
Reference and Research Librarian

From Theophilus to Cappy Thompson: Stained Glass and The Corning Museum of Glass Library (Saturday, July 24, a.m.)Sister Diane Couture

Gail Bardhan has been a staff member of the Rakow Library since 1977. Prior to this, she was a reference librarian at Northwestern University, the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (England), and the North Suburban Library System (Illinois). At the Rakow Library, Bardhan has held a variety of positions: acquisitions coordinator, audiovisual collections librarian (under her supervision, the film and video collection grew from 80 titles to 1,800), and cataloger. She has been a reference librarian since 1998. Her special research areas include the Carder-Steuben archives, the Chambon collection, stained glass, pressed glass, the history of individual firms, Steuben Glass, and the varied collections of images and trade catalogs. She has given presentations on the Library collections to the Glass Art Society, at the Annual Seminar of The Corning Museum of Glass, and at Carder Symposiums. In addition, she was editor of a two-volume set of bibliographies of periodical articles previously published in individual issues of The Journal of Glass Studies. Bardhan holds a bachelor’s degree in French from Denison University, and a master's degree in library science from the University of Illinois.


Sarah Brown
Author and Art Historian

A Prophet without Honour?
    Ervin Bossanyi (1891-1975) and Post War Stained Glass
    (Sunday, July 25, a.m.)
Conservation Discussion Panel (Sunday, July 25, a.m.)

Sarah BrownSarah Brown is a well-known author of books and articles on stained glass history and conservation. She is currently Director of the York Glaziers Trust, a role that she combines with that of lecturer in the History of Art at the University of York, where she directs the MA programme in stained glass conservation. She is chairman of the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi for Great Britain, a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Art and an Honorary Fellow of the British Society of Master Glass-Painters.


Art Femenella

Tiffany at Beecher House (Friday, July 23, a.m.)
Conservation Discussion Panel, Moderator (Sunday, July 25, a.m.)

Sister Diane CoutureFor 35 years, Art Femenella has been committed to excellence in the field of historic window restoration. During this time he has worked on and been responsible for the restoration of thousands of windows, doors, panels and artifacts. Mr. Femenella is a veteran of the Viet Nam War serving from 6/69 to 6/71 as a military policeman with a top security clearance. His formal education is in the sciences, majoring in physics at City College of New York. After 110 credit-hours of study Art left to follow a career in stained glass.

Mr. Femenella started in stained glass in 1968 as a craftsman, serving his apprenticeship at the Greenland Studio in New York. In 1981, he became the co-owner and vice-president of this prestigious restoration studio. In 1988, Art sold his interest in the Greenland Studio to open his own consulting firm as well as become vice-president and co-owner of the Jack Cushen Studio, also of New York. Both studios gained national recognition for excellence in the field of stained glass conservation & restoration. In 1993, Mr. Femenella consolidated his efforts and formed Femenella & Associates, Inc. the present firm.

Art divides his time between supervising major restoration projects, consulting, lecturing and writing for numerous national magazines. His projects have included works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, John La Farge, Frank Lloyd Wright, Maitland Armstrong and other artists of equal importance. Art enjoys solving difficult problems, especially when the objective is to restore beauty and grace to a work of art that has been ravaged by time and the elements. Art's practical experience, science background, and creative problem-solving abilities make him unique in the field.

Mr. Femenella has written over forty articles on stained glass restoration. He is a past Board member and the Chair of the Restoration Committee of the Stained Glass Association of America; and sits on the Board of Governors and the Restoration Committee of the Census of Stained Glass Windows in America. He is a member of the Association for Preservation Technology, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Institute for Conservation of Historic Works, the United Kingdom Institute for Conservation of Historic Works, The British Society of Master Glass Painters and numerous other preservation groups. Art was the consultant to the Protective Glazing Task Force. This was a group of architects, engineers and preservationists charged by the Department of the Interior to develop national guidelines for the fabrication and installation of protective glazing. Mr. Femenella lectures and teaches seminars on restoration across the country.

Contact Details:

Femenella & Associates Inc.
10 County Line Road, Suite 24
Branchburg, NJ 08876

Tel: 908-722-6526
E-mail: ajf@femenellaassociates.com
Website: www.femenellaassociates.com


Rebecca Hartman-Baker

Stained Glass Road Scholars: Lucy and Ethel Do the Northeast
(Saturday July 24, a.m.)

Rebecca Hartman-Baker

My mother, from South Carolina, and my father, from upstate New York, met when both were in the Air Force. I was born in California, but grew up in South and North Carolina. Except for two years in Endicott, New York, I have lived in eastern Tennessee for the last 35 years. I am a late-bloomer. I graduated from college with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering twelve years after high school. I had my two sons after I started working as an engineer. And I found that glass was what I wanted to do after I worked as an engineer for 20 years. I enjoyed working as an engineer and thought I would work as an engineer until I retired, but as industry left my part of the country and I faced another lay-off, I decided to open a stained glass shop. I am a small, one-person retailer and I enjoy every minute of it. I enjoy teaching, I enjoy learning, and I am still learning daily. I also do a few commissions and I especially like to do repairs.

Contact information:
Rebecca Hartman-Baker
Kingsport Stained Glass
218 E. Market Street
Kingsport, TN 37660

Mary Clerkin Higgins

La Farge "Helping Angel" window at Detroit Institute of Arts
(Friday, July 23, a.m.)

Sister Diane Couture

Mary Clerkin Higgins has worked in stained glass since 1976. She owns and operates Clerkin Higgins Stained Glass in New York City. Her original designs are in private collections, ecclesiastical settings, and homes. Her work has been included in glass exhibitions in the United States and Canada and has been featured in The New York Sun, Glass Art Magazine and other publications. She has worked with the artist Rowan LeCompte on various projects, including fabricating two of his clerestory windows for the National Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington, D.C. and realizing his sketch for a window in North Carolina.

She is also a highly respected stained-glass conservator and has worked on Medieval and Renaissance glass for many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the St. Louis Art Museum, among others. She has conserved works by modern masters, including: Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Marc Chagall, Harry Clarke, John La Farge, Henri Matisse, William Morris, Robert Sowers, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Christopher Wilmarth, and Frank Lloyd Wright. She has written and lectured on stained glass conservation and contributed the chapter “Origins, Materials, and the Glazier’s Art” to Virginia Raguin’s book, Stained Glass: From Its Origins to the Present (Abrams 2003).

She can be contacted at www.clerkinhigginsstainedglass.com .


Judy Killian

Stained Glass Road Scholars: Lucy and Ethel Do the Northeast
(Saturday July 24, a.m.)

Judy KillianJudy (Buhlert) Killian grew up exploring marine biology and art in So. California. She had several wonderful art teachers along the way. In 1983, she moved to Alaska to drive a tour bus in Denali National Park, help build a cabin, and years later met her husband. They raised four children, and are now grandparents in a very small rural Alaskan community.

In the 1980's her art was done in dry media because there was no power or water in the area. The 1990's saw many of her watercolor and oil paintings go home with globetrotting tourists from her "Local Color Art Studio". The new millennium brought a passion to create more permanent artwork.

The dark of winter influenced a need to create with light itself, give it a place to play freely, rather that translate to paper how it acts on God's creation. That began an amazing journey into the chemistry and wonderful world of glass. She confidently enjoys fusing and is exploring painting on glass now, but sees no end to learning. Sharing with others online seeking to learn this medium is very important to her, especially since that is where she has found so many of the great teachers, who are now dear friends, who have helped her along her journey.   

See her work at www.judykillian-artist.com


Tom Krepcio

Photo Transfer Workshop (Friday, July 23, all day)
Photoshop & Stained Glass Design, Discussion Panel, Moderator
(Sunday, July 25, p.m.)

Tom Krepcio PanelTom Krepcio began working with stained glass in 1971, starting as a hobbyist at the age of 11. He has been a stained glass professional since 1980. In his work with a variety of stained glass studios, Tom has designed, fabricated or restored hundreds of stained glass panels. He has displayed his own work at prestigious venues such as the Smithsonian Craft Fair, demonstrated at the Glass Art Society Conference, and exhibited widely. In 1987, Krepcio won the Best of Show - Judges Award and Highest Technical Excellence at the SGAA "Open International Competition & Exhibition" at The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY. Tom is a pioneer in the use of computer technology for designing and fabricating stained glass, incorporating computer related technology starting in 1992. Since 2003, Tom has written for his blog, called Vitreosity, devoted solely to the topic of stained glass in all its manifestations. It can be found at www.krepcio.com/vitreosity

Tom can be contacted through his website - www.krepcio.com


Barbara Krueger

Michigan Women in Stained Glass (Saturday, July 24, p.m.)

Barbara KruegerA native Californian, Barbara Krueger lives in Michigan and has been involved in several aspects of stained glass for over 25 years. A former elementary school teacher, she was on the art fair circuit selling her original stained glass pieces before returning to college to get an art degree. After 2 years in the art program of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI that included many art history classes, serendipitously she took a class that was an introduction to historic preservation, switched her major and finally in 1995 graduated with a MS in historic preservation.

A 20+ year member of the Stained Glass Association of America, she was on the Board of Directors in several positions, chaired the 1992 Chicago conference, was co-editor of The SGAA Reference and Technical Manual and even had a short stint as the Executive Administrator. For 12 years she has been a Research Assistant (that means volunteer) with the Michigan Stained Glass Census organized under the auspices of Michigan State University Museum; there are now over 1200 buildings, mostly churches, that have registered their stained glass windows. http://www.museum.msu.edu/museum/msgc/

For several years Barbara has been making condition reports for Michigan churches that are in need of impartial information about the condition of their stained glass windows. In addition, she has lectured at many statewide gatherings on “The Art and Architecture of Stained Glass” utilize her own photos from Europe as well as interesting situations from around the US and Michigan.

Barbara is now volunteering in the statewide program “New Dollars/New Partners for Sacred Places” sponsored by Partner for Sacred Places in Philadelphia and Michigan Historic Preservation Network.

She is also partnering with several people on a book about historic Detroit churches, which will be published by Wayne State University Press in the fall of 2011.


J. Kenneth Leap

Silver Stain Workshop (Thursday, July 22, a.m.)
Open Drawing Workshop (Thursday, July 22, evening)
Photoshop & Stained Glass Design, Discussion Panel (Sunday, July 25, p.m.)
J Kenneth Leap

Born in Camden, NJ, J. Kenneth Leap painted and exhibited watercolors in his teens before entering the Rhode Island School of Design. A trip to Germany sparked his interest in glass painting, a medieval technique that would form the basis for his future professional work. Now, 22 years after opening his studio, The Painted Window, J. Kenneth Leap is primarily recognized for his achievements in the field of architectural stained glass. His public artworks include a skylight illustrating the history of NJ in the Annex of the NJ Statehouse, "The Atlantic Globe" for the lobby of Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ and major installations at the Veteran's Memorial Home in Vineland, NJ. In 1994 Leap was invited to relocate his studio, and become an artist-in-residence at the Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center, in Millville, NJ. Leap has taught workshops and performed demos in traditional Glass Painting techniques at the Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, and at the Glass Art Society annual conference. For more information visit the website www.jkennethleap.com.


Rowan LeCompte

Recipient - Joseph Barnes Lifetime Acheivement AwardRowan LeCompte

First commissioned for a window for the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. when he was 16, Rowan LeCompte has spent almost 70 years studying, drawing and creating architectural stained glass and mosaics for a multitude of locations. Rowan is best known for 45 stained glass windows and six mosaic murals in the Washington Cathedral.  His work also illuminates some 50 other American churches and public buildings, including Episcopal cathedrals in Maryland and Wyoming, the chapels of Trinity College and Princeton University, and the New York State Capitol at Albany.  He continues to design and paint in his studio in Virginia.


Dan Maher

Photo Transfer Workshop (Thursday, July 22, all day)Dan Maher

Daniel Maher is a stained glass artist who works and lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. A former employee of both the Connick and Lyn Hovey Studios, Dan started his own business in January of 1989 so he could further explore a variety of design styles in stained glass. The studio also restores historically significant windows, ranging from multiple-layer opalescent to Gothic Revival.

His work can be seen at his studio website -
http://www.dmstainedglass.com/


Hallie Monroe

Tour de France, French Stained Glass -  with David Wilde 
(Saturday, July 24, p.m.)

Dan MaherHallie Monroe is a 2nd generation artist and so was encouraged to take many classes in art. She apprenticed two years in a small stained slass studio in NJ when in high school. After receiving a BFA from Pratt Institute (Illustration), she was eventually employed at Steuben Glass, where her interests returned to glass. For 22 years she has been the sole proprietor of a stained glass studio in Southampton, New York.

A major percentage of her work consists of leaded glass windows in old homes and public buildings in the historic areas surrounding Southampton. She has worked on notable local landmarks including Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton Hospital Parrish building, The First Presbyterian Church, and Sag Harbor Elementary School. An ongoing project is working on restoration of the 1893 painted windows of Southampton United Methodist church.

Hallie Monroe has received numerous scholarships applied to studying with stained glass artists such as Dick Millard, Nick Parrendo, Debora Coombs, J. Kenneth Leap and Kathy Jordan.   Most recently, the Elskus scholarship gave her a wonderful opportunity to see the stained glass of Southern France, accompanied by David Wilde, observing stained glass windows from the 12th century to the present time. It was an amazing experience that she looks forward to sharing through photographs and stories at the Detroit conference.


Rona Moody

Scottish Stained Glass: 100 years of creativity, from 1870 to 1970
(Sunday, July 25, p.m.)rona

Rona Moody is a stained glass designer, maker and teacher from Scotland who currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA. She studied Fine Art at Edinburgh University, where she specialized in the history of stained glass. As part of her studies, she produced some of the earliest research on 20th century Scottish stained glass artists. She then spent some time as an assistant to Lawrence Lee in his studio in Kent, before moving to the stained glass restoration department of Salisbury Cathedral. She spent many years working principally as a community arts worker while keeping up her interest in all aspects of stained glass. For the last ten years she has made her own windows for domestic and sacred buildings, written articles and pamphlets on stained glass, lectured and taught for many colleges and further education institutions. Her work has been published in the Journal of the British Society of Master Glass Painters  Rona is a committee member of the Scottish Stained Glass Symposium, for which she is North American Representative.


Karen Mulder

Shifting the Sands of Time: Educating Art History about Stained Glass
(Sunday, July 25, p.m.)

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Art and architectural historian Karen Mulder currently teaches about glass history and architecture in the graduate programs of the Corcoran School of Art + Design in Washington, DC. After studies at Yale and the University of Virginia, she received her Ph.D. with the first doctoral dissertation written on the postwar German glass designers, and has spoken or published on architectonic glass or contemporary art for American Arts Quarterly, Material Religions, Image Journal, the Society of Architectural Historians, Glass Art Society, SGAA, and for the second time, the AGG. She is currently assisting in the preparation of a multidisciplinary Canadian exhibit, "U: Rediscovering the Human Spirit," and will publish this year in several artists' monographs, including Sarah Hall's new book from Peters.

KAREN L. MULDER, Ph.D.
Art & Architectural History
klmulder-at-mindspring.com
Faculty, Academic Studies and Art History
Masters Programs in History of Decorative Arts, Interior Design, Art of the Book
Corcoran College of Art + Design
Washington, D.C.


Scott Ouderkirk

How to Get Value from Self-Promotional Commissions
(Saturday, July 24, p.m.)

Scott OuderkirkScott Ouderkirk is an artist, author, and craftsman who teaches and lives in Addison, NY. He spends summers on the St. Lawrence River in Hammond, NY or captaining his 1964 wooden boat, Pen & Ink. His art is created using both pen and ink, and stained glass using the traditional method of painting and firing to add images. He takes pride in his work, his family and whatever project he has going, currently a 1962 VW Bug. Scott’s formal education was completed with an MFA in illustration from the University of Hartford.
His books include Fallen Heroes, Sunday Drive, The Adirondack Run, Island Images, Barns, The Amish Secret and Wood, Waves and Wispy Smoke. He was published in WoodenBoat, January 2004 and was asked to write and illustrate the feature article for The Antique Boat Museum's The Gazette Annual 2004. You can discover more at www.scottouderkirk.com


Nicholas Parrendo

Traditional Painting Workshop (Thursday, July 22, p.m.)

Nick ParrendoNicholas Parrendo has spent his entire career, from employee to owner at Hunt Stained Glass Studios. Hired by George Hunt in 1950, he apprenticed under the supervision of artists Helen Carew Hickman and Charles Morris. Creating, sketching, drawing, presenting and executing artistic jeweled inspirations of vivid color gracing churches, synagogues, hospitals, restaurants, universities, businesses and residences across the country. His esteemed service to the art and craft of stained glass is evident in the many endeavors he has undertaken throughout his 60 year career.


Jon Rarick

Reusche Paints with Technical Information (Sunday, July 25, p.m.)

Scott OuderkirkMr. Rarick owns and operates Trans World Supplies, Inc. (dba: Reusche & Company) which is a manufacturing facility for high temperature inorganic pigments for glass and porcelain. These products are used on container glass, cosmetic glass, architectural glass, stained glass, scientific glass ware, thick film ceramic casting for electronic components, automotive glass conductive silver pastes, dinner and table ware, decorative tile industry, add specialty and promotional products. These products are sold globally. The plant is located in Greeley Colorado.

The Reusche website is at http://www.reuscheco.com/


Virginia Raguin

Kiki Smith: Lodestar New York: The Pace Gallery (Saturday, July 24, p.m.)
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Virginia Chieffo Raguin, Ph.D. Yale University, is professor of Art History at the College of the Holy Cross. She has published widely on stained glass and architecture including Stained Glass from its Origins to the Present with Abrams (USA) and Thames and Hudson (GB) in 2003. A member of the International Corpus Vitrearum, she has co-authored Stained Glass before 1700 in the Midwest United States (Harvey Miller Press, London, 2002). Her museum exhibits have included Glory in Glass: Stained Glass in the United States: Origin, Variety and Preservation 1998-99, and Reflections on Glass: 20th Century Stained Glass in American Art and Architecture, 2002-03, at the Gallery at the American Bible Society, and, most recently Pilgrimage and Faith: Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam a traveling exhibition to appear in Worcester, Chicago, Richmond, and The Rubin Museum of Art, New York from 2010 through 2011.   


Patrick Reyntiens

Story of the Cochem Commission (Saturday, July 24, p.m.)

P Reyntiens at CochemPatrick will be speaking on the Cochem, Germany commission that was featured in the first issue of AGGnews. 

Patrick Reyntiens has been associated with stained glass since 1951 after studying at the Edinburgh College of Art. He was recognized as the leading modern stained glass artist in the UK and back in 1976 was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his service to the arts. 

Reyntiens has a large number of special commissions, in the US, the UK, Ireland and Europe and has lectured widely. His work with John Piper brought much attention to the successful collaboration between two major artists. He is still working to commission and privately with his son John Reyntiens. 

You can see his work on his website www.patrickreyntiens.com/


Judith Schaechter

Photoshop & Stained Glass Design Panel (Sunday, July 25, p.m.)

Sister Diane CoutureJudith Schaechter has lived and worked in Philadelphia since graduating in 1983 from the Rhode Island School of Design Glass Program. She has exhibited widely, including in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. She is the recipient of many grants, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Crafts , The Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, The Joan Mitchell Award, two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts awards, The Pew Fellowship in the Arts and a Leeway Foundation grant. Her work is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Corning Museum of Glass, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and numerous other collections. Judith has taught at The Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, Rhode Island School of Design, The Pennsylvania Academy and at The University of the Arts. Judith's work was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial.

web - http://www.judithschaechter.co
blog - http://judithschaechterglass.blogspot.com/


Jim Tottis

Adjunct Instructor, Wayne State University (Friday, July 22, a.m.)

Jim TrottisJim is an independent curator and former member of the curatorial staff in the Department of American Art, at the Detroit Institute of Arts where he was responsible for one of the leading collections of American art encompassing late 17th, 18th, 19th and early 20th century painting, sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts.  He also held the position of Adjunct Professor in the Humanities Department at Wayne State University since 1991.  

He has contributed to numerous publications, most recently, The Guardian Building: Cathedral of Finance, Collecting American Decorative Arts 1985-2005, American Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts vol. III, An Exhibition at the Residence of the U.S. Ambassador Bratislava, Slovak Republic, and From the Hudson River School to Impressionism:  American Paintings from the Manoogian Collection.

Some of the more recent exhibitions and projects he has been involved with include, as organizing curator, Life’s Pleasures: The Ashcan Artists’ Brush with Leisure, a traveling exhibition, consisting of nearly 80 paintings and accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue that focuses on the Ashcan painters’ depiction of leisure activities.  He was the coordinating curator at the DIA for American Attitude: Whistler and His Followers, the first exhibition to examine James Abbott McNeil Whistlers’ influence on American painters.  In 2002, he organized American Beauty: Paintings and Sculpture from the Detroit Institute of Arts 1770 - 1920, a multi-venue exhibition comprised of the treasures that form the core of the museum’s renounced American art collection, which traveled to six European and American sites.  As project director for the publication American Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts, volume III, he wrote the introduction as well as several entries, secured funding for the $150,000 project, hired of authors, and coordinated photography and conservation of those pieces represent in the book.  Building Detroit: 150 Years of Architecture and Innovation, was an exhibition he organized that served as part of the DIA’s celebration of Detroit’s tercentenary, which explored fifty of the city’s most celebrated and influential structures along with their architects.  The impacts of those works on the field of American architecture as well as the cultural fabric of Detroit were examined in the context of the area’s financial successes and failures. In 1989 he was the project coordinator of the restoration and installation of the DIA’s three monumental windows, by John La Farge, The Helping Angle, Faith and Hope and Write Me as One Who Loves His Fellow Man, designed and fabricated in 1889 for the First Unitarian Church in Detroit.


David Wilde

Tour de France, French Stained Glass, with Hallie Monroe
(Saturday, July 24, p.m.)

Sister Diane CoutureWho is David Wilde?  David Wilde is a self-taught architectural glass artist.  Well, not really, his first exposure to contemporary glass was at a weeklong course with Robert Jekyll as the teacher. Wilde decided then and there, to make windows. Over the early to mid 1980’s, Wilde studied with Jochem Poensgen, Johannes Schreiter, Narcissus Quagliatta, Dick Millard, and even two French artists, Jean-Dominique Fleury, and Gilles Rousvoal in Chartres in 1990.

Wilde has written many articles about the things he sees and things he thinks about.  Some of his writings have appeared in Stained Glass Quarterly of the SGAA.  These writings are based on a series of very focused trips to Europe, especially to France, which figures prominently in his researches because of its wonderful history of glass.  France is the ideal place to carry on the tradition without being restricted to traditional designs. The Government of France, through various agencies, has made featuring new glass in its historic buildings a priority.  Participating artists might have no experience in stained glass, so they are paired with well-known studios, whose artist/owners share their knowledge, and together they bring some very exciting projects to life. And so, David Wilde has become the messenger for these undiscovered artists and some amazing developments in glass that are often unknown outside of France. Until now.

Along with an inquiring mind, Wilde reads a lot.  There are reasons why the French are interested in their culture. And there have been growing problems as the Government reaches out and then subsequently abandons various sites, confusing the locals. Wilde finds that reading about French culture and French politics, even back to the French Revolution, helps to put everything into some kind of perspective.  Through his writings and his convention speeches Wilde presents what is right about French stained glass, what has gone wrong, and why.  What do other Europeans think of the French glass of the last 25 years?  What does America know about these artists, or let me ask, “Do you even care?”  I think we should all know what’s going on over “there”, and see how we can respond to their successes, their excesses, and their failings.  David Wilde is here to start a different kind of dialogue and to encourage those among you who describe yourselves as artists to take a peek into the French situation and see how it might be of some use to you.


Albert Young

Glassblowing Workshop (Thursday, July 22, p.m.)

Sister Diane CoutureAlbert Young has been a respected glass artist and teacher in Michigan for nearly twenty years.  The studio and classes at Michigan Hot Glass reflect both Mr. Young's knowledge of studio operation and commitment to education.  It is the mission of MHGW that our students have both the finest studio and the best instruction available in pursuing their quest to blow glass.

The website for
Michigan Hot Glass workshop is http://www.michiganhotglass.com/



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