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Joseph Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award

The Board of Directors of the American Glass Guild is seeking nominations from its members for the annual Joseph Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was established by the AGG 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 December 31st, 2012

Members should send their nominations by December 31, 2012 to, with “2013 Barnes Nomination” in the subject line. Please 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 May 2013 conference in St. Augustine, FL.

2012 – Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award
Sylvia Nicolas

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.