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2011 Asheville Conference Speaker Biographies

(in alphabetical order)  - back to 2011 Conference Overview

Speakers and specific dates subject to change.

Drew Anderson

Manna From Heaven-A Stained Glass Conservation Project
(Sunday, July 24, 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.

Debra Balchen

Open Drawing Workshop (Thursday, July 21, 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

Don BurtDon Burt

Enamels for Stained Glass 
(Saturday, July 23, a.m.)

Don Burt is a stained glass artist residing in Wyoming, Ohio. He makes autonomous stained glass panels that incorporate a variety of glass surface decorating products to achieve naturalistic or ornamental illustrative effects. 

His work can be seen on his website -

Joseph Cavalieri

A Guide to Getting Better Press for Stained Glass 
(Friday, July 22, p.m.)  

Sarah BrownJoseph Cavalieri’s aim is to take stained glass out of the church and into galleries and peoples’ homes. Not that the church is a bad setting, but people will appreciate glass more in a fine art setting, plus they should be paying attention to the priest at church!

Joseph’s award winning work has been exhibited at art galleries and museums in the U.S. Europe, and Australia, including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Jack the Pelican Presents and Bond Street Gallery in Brooklyn, as well as Jonathan Shorr Gallery and the Leslie/Lohman Gallery in SoHo. The MTA, the agency that run the New York Subways, chose Joseph to design a permanent installation at the Philipse Manor Train Station in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Born and raised in Pleasantville, New York, Joseph Cavalieri attended the School of Visual Arts, in Manhattan, after which he Art Directed at GQ, People and Good Housekeeping magazines. In 1997 he began studies at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, leading to the 2009 opening of his glass studio in Manhattan. He currently teaches at UrbanGlass and will be teaching a 2 1/2 week “Painting on Glass” class session at Penland starting July 24th.

His work can be seen on his website -

Debora Coombs

Space, The Final Frontier: Twelve Stained Glass Raccoons for an Astronaut
(Saturday, July 23, p.m.)Coombs

Debora Coombs has studied, practised, taught and enjoyed the art of stained glass for over thirty years now. She has an MFA from London’'s Royal College of Art and was made a Fellow of the British Society of Master Glass Painters in 1995.
Debora designs and hand paints windows for architectural sites, exhibitions and collectors. 

Her work has been commissioned for schools, libraries, hospitals, religious buildings, private homes, a traditional English tea shop and an Airstream trailer. Religious projects include twenty stained glass windows for St Mary's Cathedral in Portland, Oregon on the themes of American saints, cultural diversity and the sacraments; and two 25 ft. tall figurative windows for  Marble Collegiate, Norman Vincent Peale's church in New York City.

Debora's work is held in the permanent collection of the Stained Glass Museum at Ely Cathedral in England. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at the Jeanetta Cochrane Gallery in London and Ely Cathedral in England.

For more details visit

Nancy Gong

What To Market; If You Don't Market When You're Busy; When You're Done Being Busy, You May Not Have Any Work  (Friday, July 22, p.m.)Nancy Gong

Since 1979, Nancy Gong has gained a reputation as one of the foremost glass artists in the country. By combining the traditional techniques of stained glass craftsmen and stone carvers with her own style of creating texture and painting, her architectural and small works depict various levels of transition and contrast, with striking color, motion and spontaneity. As the ever-changing light plays against her integrated design elements, she is able to create unique living, breathing works of art with a range of personalities, constantly beckoning the viewer to see something new and fresh with every passing look.

An accomplished architectural glass artist, in addition to her commission work including public art, Nancy has successfully launched a line of fine art sculptures, a gift line and introduced smalti mosaics to her art work.  Each marry her signature etched and textured glass with free-flowing modern designs echoing the spirit, energy and beauty of living things. Today, her works can be found in public places and in private collections throughout the world.

Inspired by Wasily Kandinsky, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder and Phillip Stark to name a few, Nancy Gong is one of those gifted, self-taught artists. She has been affiliated with the Naples Mills School of Arts and Crafts, the Allofus Art Workshop, Corning Museum of Glass, the prestigious School of American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology, Narcissus Quagliata Design Workshop, Glass Art Society, Norm Dobbins Stained Glass Workshops, Kenneth Leap and Kathy Jordan's Intensive and the famed Orsoni Smalti Veneziani, Italy.

 For her achievements in the world of glass art, Nancy Gong has been recognized by Who's Who in Contemporary Glass Art, The World's Who's Who of Women, and 2,000 Notable American Women. She and her works have been profiled in over 20 professional publications, including: Interiors & Sources, China Daily News, The Design Journal of Korea, Stained Glass Magazine, Professional Stained Glass Magazine, Builder/Architect Magazine, American Style Magazine, Beautiful Glass Magazine, Glass Now, ARTform, SOFA Chicago, the Guild Sourcebook of Architectural & Interior Art, Blogs and numerous regional publications.

Nancy has been the owner/principal designer of Gong Glass Works, where her sculptures come alive, and where she designs and fabricates commissioned architectural and fine art glass projects for residential, commercial and public clients. Her commercial and public clients include The City of Rochester, ARTWalk of Rochester Inc., Constellation, Corning Tropel, Duke University, Genencor Corp., Eastman Kodak, Oppenheimer Funds, Paetec Communications, Paychex, State of Vermont, Time Warner, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester's Simon School of Business Administration, Virgin Travel/Vacations and Xerox.    

Nancy remains active in her profession and in her community. She is a member of the Glass Art Society, American Glass Guild, Society of American Mosaic Artists, Corning Museum of Glass, Memorial Art Gallery, affiliate member Rochester Chapter American Institute of Architects, an honorary advisor/past board member the Arts and Cultural Council of Rochester, a former trustee of WXXI Public Broadcasting Corp., and past board member of the Rochester Chinese Association. She has been a guest speaker at the American Association of University Women, American Institute of Architects, American Craft Museum/Christi's, and American Society of Interior Designers. When she is not making art Nancy loves to sail, garden and spend time with her husband Peter and happy but sad looking Basset Hound Oliver.

Her work can be see at

Mary Clerkin Higgins

Conservation Gluing Workshop (Thursday, July 21, 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 can be found in private collections and ecclesiastical settings. Her work has been included in international exhibitions and featured in The New York Times, The New York Sun, Glass Art Magazine and other publications.  Higgins recently designed a set of eleven new figural windows for the chapel at the Cloister of Sea Island, Georgia.  She is currently working with the artist Rowan LeCompte (for whom her studio fabricated two large clerestory windows for the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.) on the design, painting and fabrication of a large set of windows for a chapel in North Carolina.

Higgins 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.

Mary Clerkin Higgins has written and lectured on stained-glass history, design, and 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) and the preface “Mastering the Light” to Strangest Genius – the Stained Glass of Harry Clarke (Costigan & Cullen) (Irish History Press 2010).  
She is a founding Board member of the American Glass Guild and served as its President from 7/2009-7/2011.

She can be contacted at

Rebecca Howell

New EPA Lead Laws - North Carolina Department of Health and Safety

Rebecca Howell has been working with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Health Hazards Control Unit (HHCU) since 1997. Her current title is Industrial Hygiene Consultant, and her primary responsibility is providing consultative assistance to the public on the HHCU’s asbestos and lead-based paint regulatory programs. Before joining the Health Hazards Control Unit, Ms. Howell was a Project Manager with an environmental consulting firm for seven years conducting environmental risk assessments on the surface water, groundwater, soil, interior air quality, and building materials of a variety of commercial and industrial properties.

Guy KemperGuy Kemper

How Working With A Fabricator Has Improved My Business, My Life And My Art  (Friday July 22, p.m.)

Guy Kemper is an American artist known for his painterly architectural glass walls. The subject of two television documentaries in the U.S. and one in Germany, Guy’s work has been exhibited and commissioned in Asia, Europe, America, and the Middle East. Projects include airports in Chicago, Baltimore/Washington, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater, Mt. Baker rail station in Seattle, and the Catholic Memorial at Ground Zero in New York.

See his work at

Tom Küpper

Should We Or Should We Not Spend All Our Expertise, Valuable Time And Money In Conserving Windows Of A Sub Standard Quality? Focus On 19th Century "Amateur" Stained Glass Windows At Lincoln Cathedral
(Saturday, July 23, p.m.)HT Kupper

Born in 1963, I was raised and educated in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler in one of the most beautiful wine growing regions in Germany.  At the age of 20 I left Germany and spent most of my early adult life traveling around Great Britain. 
In 1989 I attended a summer school in stained glass whilst living in the Lake District in the North West of England and soon found myself busy making leaded lights and coloured glass windows for the domestic market.  Being interested in restoration and conservation I had the opportunity to work for various parish churches in the area restoring mainly 19th and 20th Century ecclesiastical stained glass windows.  After selling my stained glass business in the Lake District I moved for a brief spell to Germany where I worked for a large commercial glazing firm.  In 1993 I returned to Britain and began my employment working for the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln Cathedral.  Being on the bench for a number of years I decided to embark on some further personal professional development and in 2001 gained my Post Graduate Diploma from DeMontfort University in the conservation of Historic Objects.  Two years later I completed my MA in the same studies writing my dissertation examining the effects of manganese browning on medieval glass.  Since 1999 I have been Team Leader of the Lincoln Cathedral Glazing Department heading a team of conservators and craftspeople restoring the historical windows of the Cathedral and in the diocese.  I am involved in vocational training and education and have presented a number of professional papers in Britain and the USA on conservation related topics.

Learn more at

CZ Lawrence

Keynote Speaker (Friday, July 22, p.m.)CZ

Charles Z. Lawrence has devoted much of his adult life, over 45 years, to the craft of stained glass window making. Beginning in his early twenties, Lawrence embarked on a rigorous, formal apprenticeship to the German master craftsman Rudolf H. Buenz. He is one of the few remaining American stained glass artisans to have been trained in the traditional method of apprenticeship.

In the 1960s, Lawrence studied art and design at the Pratt School of Design in Brooklyn, NY. While there, he became heavily influenced by the painters of the French Impressionist Period and The New York School. During that time period he also worked at Rambusch, where he observed and was influenced by Robert Pinart and Robert Sowers' stained glass design method and was taught design studio procedures by William Haley. Lawrence then went on to work in many of the east coast, stained glass studios, becoming the premiere designer at the Willet Studios in Philadelphia, before starting his own company in the 1980s.

Lawrence is one of the last living Pennsylvania craftsmen to be commissioned to work in the prestigious National Cathedral in Washington, DC, for whom he has designed five windows to date. His stained glass windows can be seen in churches, synagogues, corporate offices, schools and public spaces across the country. In addition to his impressive accomplishments in stained glass, Lawrence is also a painter, skilled in the use of watercolor and oil paints.

His signature style blends traditional methods of stained glass window construction with a contemporary design philosophy and modern innovations in materials and production techniques. Essential to all Lawrence windows, is his unique use of bold, clear color, based on the artist's lifetime study of color. I've developed my color pallet over the years, by observing and painting the changing fall leaves. "Their colors are so vibrant, they have a rich jewel like quality that I try to capture in all of my stained glass windows." That influence can be seen clearly in Lawrence's extensive body of work.

You can see his portfolio at his website.

J. Kenneth Leap

Open Drawing Workshop (Thursday, July 21, evening)
Photoshop for the Stained Glass Artist - Lecture/Demo (Friday, July 22, a.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

Indre McCrawIndre McGraw

An Illustrative Approach to Glass Painting 
Workshop (Thursday, July 21, p.m.)

Indre McCraw works as a freelance glass painter and is based in NY.  She started her stained glass training as a stained glass conservation intern at St. Ann’s for Restoration and the Arts in Brooklyn in 1993 while getting her BFA in Illustration and Art Education from Parsons School of Design (1994).  She was hired as the third staff apprentice of the St. Ann’s program in 1996.  She does a good deal of replication work through various studios for churches, historic places, and the Cloisters/Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as new work of her own and for others.

Hallie MonroeDan Maher

Multiple layers - One Fire Painting Technique 
Workshop (Thursday, July 21, p.m.)

Hallie Monroe is an illustration major and graduate of Pratt Institute. She has had her own stained glass studio in Long Island NY for 22 years, doing window conservation for churches as well as new projects for residential clients. She is also a multiple recipient of the Maddy,  Mendelbalm and Whitney scholarships and has recently joined the painting staff at Willet/ Hauser stained glass studio in Philly.

Robin Neely

Tips for Stained Glass Reproduction & Conservation Painting 
(Saturday, July 23, a.m.) R Neely

Robin Neely has been a professional stained glass maker, conservator and consultant for 40 years. In the late 1980’s she served as the Business & Project Manager for the renowned Greenland Studio in New York, during which time she studied stained glass painting with Albinus Elskus at Parsons School for Design. In 1991, she moved to Maine and opened The Neely Studio, concentrating on complex stained glass conservation projects for museums, churches, and colleges – projects that she called “windows that come into the studio in a bag, a box, or a bucket.”  Ms. Neely’s conservation clients include the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Maine State Museum and the Victoria Mansion Museum. In addition to owning the studio, Ms. Neely has been employed as a conservator by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Maine for 17 years. Ms Neely’s consulting practice is extensive, and includes serving as the consultant for the conservation of two monumental John La Farge windows - the Angel of Help and the Wisdom Window - at Unity Church, North Easton, Massachusetts. Recently, she served as a consultant to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to help prepare their Tiffany and La Farge windows for installation in the museum’s new $345 million dollar addition.

To see some of Ms. Neely’s consulting work on the monumental La Farge windows at Unity Church:

Lindsy Parrot

An Illuminating Look at Tiffany LampsL Parrott

Lindsy R. Parrott is the Director/Curator of The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York City and the curator of the exhibition Tiffany Lamps: Articles of Utility, Objects of Art.

Prior to joining the Neustadt Collection in 2003, she served as Collections Assistant and Mobile Museum Manager at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida, which boasts the most comprehensive collection of Tiffany works in the world.

Ms. Parrott holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Central Florida. She received her M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts from Parsons School of Design/Smithsonian Institution where she focused on late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century ceramics and glass, with a specialization in the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. She has also studied architecture and decorative arts through the Attingham Summer School in England and the Victorian Society Summer School in Newport.

Currently, Ms. Parrott is a co-curator of the upcoming exhibition Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion, organized by the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City and opening in 2012. She has written and lectured extensively on various aspects of Tiffany's career.

Virginia Raguin

History of Glass Painting - The Hand of the Artist (Saturday, July 23, a.m.)

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.  She also wrote the catalogue essay for Kiki Smith's recent exhibition in the Pace Gallery, New York: Kiki Smith: Lodestar, 2010.   

Roberto RosaRoberto Rosa

Is This What My Stained Glass is "Supposed" to Look Like? (Thursday,
July 21, p.m., open to the public)
Conservative Restoration of Plated Opalescent Windows
(Sunday, July 24, a.m.)

      Roberto Rosa is a principal in Serpentino Stained Glass, Inc, Needham, MA.   Roberto’s experience in the restoration field, and his studies in art, began in Rome, Italy where he lived for twelve years.  He joined Serpentino Stained Glass in 1988 making it his goal to specialize in quality restoration and conservation of historic stained glass windows.  Roberto continues to be “hands-on” on all of Serpentino’s restoration projects.

Roberto has restored numerous important windows in some of America’s most prominent buildings including: The Massachusetts State House; Trinity Church in the City of Boston; Princeton University; The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston; The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama; Temple Emanu-El, New York City; Houghton Chapel at Wellesley College; Nott Memorial at Union College, NY, and Boston College. Roberto, and his team of craftsmen, restored several windows designed by Mary Tillinghast which are installed in St. Stephen Episcopal Church, in Pittsfield, MA.  Most recently, he was the chief conservator for thirteen opalescent glass windows at Salve Regina University in Newport RI, designed by John La Farge. 

A Founding Member of the American Glass Guild, an international organization dedicated to education, Roberto is also a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, a Member of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Association for Preservation Technology International and The Boston Preservation Alliance.

Roberto Rosa
Serpentino Stained Glass, Inc.
21 Highland Circle
Needham, MA 02494
Tel. (781) 449-2074
Fax. (781) 449-0821

Roberto can be contacted through

Patrick Reyntiens

Closing Speaker (Sunday, July 24, p.m.)

P Reyntiens at CochemPatrick 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

Carol Shelkin

Mosaic Workshop
(Thursday, July 21, p.m.)C. Shelkin

Carol Shelkin has been a teaching artist for over twenty years after attending The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Her studios are just outside of Philadelphia where she has exhibited at The Philadelphia Magic Gardens, Ciel Gallery, Maplestone Gallery and worldwide. She has won many awards for her mosaic work in stained glass and is known for her unique style of "painting with glass". She has exhibited in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 juried shows of The Society of American Mosaic Artists annual exhibitions in Chicago, Texas and California. Currently, she has a one woman show at The Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland, California through Sept 2011. She has been published and highlighted in the most current publication of Mosaic Fine Art - Portraiture. Carol offers workshops worldwide and has her work displayed in private homes and public installations.

You can see her work on her website

E. Scott Taylor

Tiffany Restoration for Virginia Museum of Art
(Sunday, July 24, a.m.)E. Scott Taylor

Since beginning work in stained glass some 30 years ago, my studio has been solely dedicated to the conservation of stained & leaded glass since 1985. Past projects including 15th & 16th century French & English panels, and windows from the studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany, the Belcher Mosaic Glass Co. and Nicola D'Ascenzo have been completed for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and numerous historic properties, churches, museums and private collections.
I am the owner and chief conservator of E.S. Taylor Studio in Richmond Virginia, and a Professional Associate in the American Institute for Conservation for Historic & Artistic Works, a member of the Virginia Conservation Association, and regular attendee of European conferences sponsored by the The Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi.

Karl Heinz TrautTraut

Unlimited Possibilities in Glass –
Utilization of New Techniques
(Friday, July 22, p.m.)

Curriculum Vitæ
1950 - Born in Bad Camberg, Germany.
1966-69 - State Technical College for Glass, Hadamar, Germany.
1969-72 - Employed as a Graphic Designer in an Advertising Studio.
1972-74 - Employed as a Glass Craftsman.
1974-77 - Artistic Manager of Derix Glass Studio, Taunusstein, Germany.
since 1977 - Freelance Glass Artist, Designs for private and public Buildings.
since 1980 - Advisory Work for the Design Development and Implementation of artistic Concepts of other Artists and Project Management.

His work can be seen at his website -

Kent Watkins

Mary E. Tillinghast: Un-hiding the Hidden in Recognizing and Understanding her Achievements as a Woman Stained Glass Window Artist, Painter, Architect, Decorator, and Marketing Genius during the Gilded Age
(Monday Bus Tour, July 25)Kent Walker

Watkins, a member of the AGG, is an independent art historian and consultant who has spent the past six years researching and writing the biography and catalogue raisonne of his ancestor, Mary E. Tillinghast.  In this endeavor, he has been ably assisted by AGG members, Julie Sloan and Lindsy Parrott, as well as specific inputs from Barbara Krueger, Rebecca Hartman-Baker, Gail Bardhan, Susan Bockius, Patrick Clark, Hallie Monroe, and Libby De Rosa, among others. 

When Watkins is not writing and concentrating on bringing to light his cousin’s achievements and life for the art community to discuss and determine her ‘place’, he can be found mostly working in the area of urban public policy and program implementation.

He has received degrees from the College of William & Mary (B.A.), Harvard University (M.P.A.), and Oxford University (Adv. Diploma), as well as a pending D.P.A. at Nova University. He has taught as an adjunct professor at several universities and been Director for the Center of Urban Affairs at Florida University and Associate Director of Harvard’s Center for Press, Politics, and Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government.

Legislative policy work has taken place in the U.S. House of Representatives with several Members; and the Senate, where he was also Staff Director of a subcommittee.  Ford Foundation awarded him an all-expenses grant as an Outstanding Congressional Staff Member.  He has worked in the White House offices and as the Staff Assistant to the HUD Secretary.

In the corporate world, he was a Vice President of a Westinghouse Corporation subsidiary, developing affordable housing; a partner in a national urban planning firm; and has headed up his own firm for over 30 years.  In this capacity, he works with local entities in grant-writing (over $1 billion in awards); designing programs (transit-oriented development plans, e.g.); and management consulting in a variety of skillsets in this country, China, U.K., and other countries.

He has served or serves on many boards and working groups, both public policy and personal.  These include: the Fla. Governor’s Task Force on Transportation and Energy; the White House Task Force on Housing Management; Board, National Housing Conference; various public policy working groups; Board, Housing Development Reporter; National Press Club; church board for a non-profit housing project; founder, National Academy of Housing and Community Development; American Bar Association; American Planning Association; Urban Land Institute; Ft. Myer Officers’ Club; and traveled to Cuba recently, courtesy of the Rockefeller Fund.

He is a ranked tennis player in the Middle Atlantic in his age category; photographer; culture junkie; family history buff; and a father of one, a grandfather of two, all wonderful human beings who provide a constant source of happiness!

Andrew Cary Young

A Tune Up for the Soul:
Human Perception and Stained Glass (Saturday, July 23, p.m.)
Givens Estates Chapel: A case study of a successful stained glass commission (Monday Bus Tour, July 25)Andy Young

Andrew Cary Young established Pearl River Glass Studio in 1975. After graduating that year with a degree in Landscape Architecture from LSU, Young returned home to Mississippi to pursue his original interest in becoming an artist. It was during this period that he began working in the stained glass medium. A demanding craft, it required much from him as he attempted to master its difficult manufacture. It was out of this struggle that Pearl River Glass Studio was born with a mission to establish a "professional studio providing state of the art stained glass in Mississippi."

Young's education has been extensive, providing him with a comprehensive vision with which to approach each commission. This education has included study with Ludwig Schaffrath, H. G. Von Stockhausen, and artist teachers from Pilchuck and Penland, plus the master iconographer Vladislav Andrejev. In 1987 he was awarded a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission to see the gothic cathedrals of Europe. These included such prominent cathedrals as York Minister, Canterbury, Chartes, Amiens, Notre Dame, St. Chappelle, and St. Denis. In Germany he visited both Franz Meyer Co. of Munich and Oidtman’s studio in Linnich. He had a personal tour of the Lamberts Glass factory in Waldsassen. Seeing first hand the origins of the craft of stained glass as well as examples of modern practice gave him the confidence to pursue stained glass as a life-long career.

Pearl River Glass Studio, Inc. became an accredited member of the Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) in 1998 and Andrew Young recently finished his two year term as the association's president. Through his active participation in the SGAA, Young has been constantly exposed to the current direction of stained glass art work. The studio has responded to the marketplace and has produced a significant body of stained glass artwork for churches and architectural institutions alike.

Pearl River Glass Studio, Inc. maintains a 10,000 sq. ft. facility in Jackson, Mississippi. The studio has been located in the same location since 1975 and Young has the privilege of employing 15 people with the common interest in providing professional service and outstanding quality.

His website is at

His blog is at

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