The SGAA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation acting as a professional trade association. By virtue of this distinction, the SGAA is devoted to the improvement of business conditions in the stained glass industry.
It soon became evident that the members would need some regular means of communication. The Visitor, eventually called Stained Glass Quarterly, was begun in 1906. For over 100 years, this award winning magazine has documented the history of architectural glass providing a voice to the stained glass industry, publishing both member and non-member projects of merit. Its archives are treasured by historians and aficionados all over the world for its technical, artistic, educational, and inspirational content. Today it continues to be the industry standard, covering excellence in architectural art glass.
For 115 years, the SGAA has actively worked for the betterment of the craft of stained glass and architectural art glass through various programs that are designed to benefit the members of the SGAA and the clients whom we serve. Our publications today include a quarterly magazine, Stained Glass, published continuously since 1906; the Sourcebook, a guide for industry professionals on accredited studios and articles promoting the use of stained glass work; and a variety of technical manuals and restoration guidelines.
At present, as the Professional Trade Association for Architectural Art Glass, the Stained Glass Association of America is able to provide certification and accreditation to qualified studios that maintain the highest possible integrity in craftsmanship and business practices. In turn, the Stained Glass School is able to provide the professional education required for the ongoing education both of masters and apprentices alike.