The Board of Directors of the American Glass Guild is seeking nominations from its members for the annual Joseph Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award, established in 2008 to acknowledge distinguished accomplishment and service by those in the stained-glass field.   Artists, conservators, craftspeople, art historians, etc., are eligible.

Recipients inspire us with their vision, achievement, standards and leadership. 

Deadline for Nominations is January 1, 2015.

Members should send their nominations to, with “2015 Barnes Nomination” in the subject line.  Include several paragraphs about the person you are nominating and why you feel they deserve to be honored. The next award will be presented at the 2016 Conference in Washington, D.C.

2014 - Joseph Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award - Peter McGrain

- Joseph Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award - Jack Cushen

2013 - AGG Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence - Crosby Willet

2012 - Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award - Sylvia Nicolas
Nicolas is the fourth generation of master stained glass artists. Her father, Joep Nicolas, known as “the father of modern stained glass”, was also an accomplished painter, as is his daughter. Nicolas studied extensively in Europe, and in the U.S. with painter Rufino Tamayo and sculptor Ossip Zadkine. Her works range from stage sets and 24-foot high stained glass windows for churches to terra cotta sculptures that can be held in one hand. All bear the unmistakable stamp of excellence. Nicolas, also an accomplished costume designer and mosaicist, considers herself a keen observer of human nature. Her works delve into the passions, psychology and humor of the human condition, touching people with their universal appeal.

2011 - Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award - 
Dan Fenton
Over his forty years in glass, Dan has touched thousands of students, artists, colleagues and collectors with his deep generosity, intelligence, artistry, creativity and free spirit. It is for these myriad reasons that the American Glass Guild recognizes Dan Fenton for the 2011 Joseph Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award. Dan embodies the same work ethic, love of his fellow man and dedication to the craft that we have all come to love in Joe Barnes.

2010 - Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award - Rowan LeCompte
AGG Senior Advisor, in recognition of his many contributions to the art of stained glass. Rowan is best known for his extensive work at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. for which he made his first window at the age of 16.

2009 - AGG Achievement Award for Excellence in Conservation - Melville Greenland
Mel’s integrity and high standards in craftsmanship and conservation set the bar very high. He trained many well-known conservators and completed over 170 major commissions during his career.

2009 - Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award - Nicholas Parrendo

AGG Senior Advisor, in recognition of his artistry in glass and his many years educating and encouraging other stained-glass artists.

2008 - Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award - Joseph Barnes 
In recognition for his many years of service to the field. He served as the unofficial “Chairman of the Board” of the Stained Glass Division at S.A. Bendheim, Co. in Passaic, NJ and earlier at Leo J. Popper and Sons in New York City.