OPEN NOW - Call for Topics for Conference 2023!

Posted November 14, 2022

We are looking for individuals and studios to share their experiences and expertise with our international glass and mosaic community through demonstrations, lectures, panels, classes, and more!

Save the date - Our annual conference is coming to Buffalo!

Posted November 9, 2022

Save the date! We are excited to announce the 2nd joint conference of SGAA and SAMA in Buffalo, NY!

Cascade has partnered with Ariana Makau at Nzilani Glass Conservation to promote lead safety

Posted October 4, 2022

Cascade Metals has partnered with Ariana Makau at Nzilani Glass Conservation to promote lead safety while working with leaded glass. Watch the video below to see a behind-the-scenes look at the handling, dismantling, and recycling of lead. 

Meet Your New Board of Directors

Posted September 20, 2022

Get to know your new SGAA Board of Directors, President, and Elected Officals!

How to Use Member Search

Posted September 12, 2022

Make the most out of your membership benefits! Use the member search to connect with your SGAA friends and colleagues! 

Rediscovered Stained Glass Panels to be Unveiled at the Reading Public Museum

Posted August 10, 2022

After discovering new information, the Public Reading Museum is reintroducing two of its stained glass window panels : the Crucifixion and the Virgin and Child, from  Barivian court painter Hans Wertinger in 1524. 

Last Chance to Renew Before September 1st, 2022!

Posted August 4, 2022

Stay immersed in stained glass - renew or join now before rates increase on September 1st, 2022. 

SGAA & SAMA Partnership & Merger Information Meeting

Posted August 4, 2022

Watch the virtual presentation and conversation between the Stained Glass Association of America and Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) as we continue to grow our partnership. 

In Memory of Kenneth Smith

Posted August 2, 2022

In memory of Kenneth Smith, our long time and devoted affiliate member whose passion for stained glass is reflected in both the craft itself and the joy that it continues to bring to others. 

A Letter from SAMA President Libby Hintz

Posted July 18, 2022

A message from Libby Hintz, President of the Society for American Mosaic Artists, with a recap of Confluence 2022, and moving towards the future together with the Stained Glass Association of America.

Executive Director Megan McElfresh's letter to David Judson

Posted July 18, 2022

Read Executive Director Megan McElfresh's letter to President David Judson on his final day of service at the 2022 Conference in Toledo. 

The State of the Association - a Message from David Judson

Posted July 18, 2022

Read David Judson's final State of the Association as his last time as President of the Stained Glass Association of America. David Judson served as President of the Association from 2017 - 2022. 

Take a Look Inside Stained Glass Quarterly Spring 2022

Posted July 14, 2022

Take a look at what you may have missed in our most recent issue of Stained Glass Quarterly! 

GAS call for proposals: diverse and engaging presentations from YOU!

Posted July 11, 2022

The Glass Art Society is looking for individuals and organizations to share their experiences and expertise with the global glass community through demonstrations, lectures, demos, panels, performances, and more.

Protective Glazing for Stewards and Caretakers of Leaded and Stained Glass Windows

Posted June 15, 2022

As part of our industry’s Reference and Technical Manual, first published by the Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) in 1988 and updated in 1992, the issue of Protective Glazing was tackled according to the leaving research and practices of the day. The same philosophies, materials, and information are still valid today (2020). In the 30 years since publication, however, misinformation and confusion has continued to dominate the conversation in regards to protective glazing solutions. This might be the result of the fact that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. There is no magic solution for increased efficiency, and protective glazing is not a replacement for actual restoration. To try to provide some relief from the misinformation that abounds for stewards and caretakers trying to make a decision, we have put together a brief guide based on the continuing, valid information presented in Chapter 20, Section A, Number 4 “Protective Glazing” Chapter in our 1992 “SGAA Reference & Technical Manual” in combination with today’s best practices and material information about the most commonly available options utilized across the country. This guide is not intended to be exhaustive but should be an adequate reference when used in conjunction with trusted advice from an industry expert, such as an Accredited Professional Studio.  In this guide, you find information on the basic philosophy of Environmental Protective Glazing, sometimes referred to interchangeably as ‘Secondary Glazing’ or simply ‘Protective Glazing.’ You will also see information on an overview of information in regards to ventilation, condensation, materials commonly used, their pros and cons and the lifespan of those materials, and a note on energy efficiency.  

The Seven Pillars of Humanity Coming to Toledo

Posted June 13, 2022

The Seven Pillars of Humanity—an intricate and detailed work of stained glass art—will be on display during the Confluence Conference from June 27th - July 1st, 2022 at the One SeaGate Building in Toledo, Ohio. This is a unique opportunity to view this unprecedented work of spectacular, touring stained glass art - on display for just a few days before it travels to its next location. THE SEVEN PILLARS OF HUMANITYOn display at:  Fifth Third Center at One SeaGateOne SeaGate, Toledo, OH 43604 Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 9 am - 7 pmWednesday, June 29, 2022, 9 am - 7 pmThursday, June 30, 2022, 9 am - 7 pm

Top Stained Glass in Buffalo, NY!

Posted June 13, 2022

Buffalo’s rich history can be found in all sorts of places - including in the collection of its historic stained glass windows. The Stained Glass Association of America has compiled a list of the top must-see stained glass located within and around the city. Whether you're a local searching for hidden gems, or you plan on visiting for the first time, we have a list of glass that can't be missed.

Membership Message to SAMA

Posted June 9, 2022

In the coming weeks, I want to share a few brief messages with our SGAA members and our friends and creative colleagues in the SAMA community.

Determining the Value of Your Stained Glass Windows

Posted June 9, 2022

How do you put a value on your stained glass windows, and in turn, how do you maintain, repair, and store them based on that perceived value? There are several aspects to consider.

The Return of Eggbeater Jesus

Posted May 26, 2022

After several years in the making, the renovation of the glass mosaic affectionately known as Cosmic Jesus or Eggbeater Jesus is finally complete. 

Things to Do in Toledo

Posted May 20, 2022

Looking for a little extra something to do during your stay in Toledo? We’ve got you covered. 

2022 CONFLUENCE Scholarships for Conference Workshops

Posted May 10, 2022

Scholarships for the Conference Workshops are now available!

Watch Now: Art and Glass in Society at the National Day of Glass

Posted May 5, 2022

The Art and Glass in Society Panel at the National Day of Glass discuss the relationship between nature and glass, health and science, and technical advancements. 

Many Hands Make Light Work - Announcing a New Partnership and Major News for 2022 SGAA Conference

Posted February 8, 2022

"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." ~ Paulo Coelho

Jacoby Studio Video Clips from the Archive going live on YouTube

Posted November 8, 2021

The SGAA Offices received this incredible video courtesy of member Daniel Oppliger to share with our community. The approximately 15 minute video shows the entire process of creating a window from concept to construction and packing for transport at Jacoby Art Glass based in St Louis. We will premiere the video LIVE on YouTube on November 17, 2021 at 4pm Eastern Standard Time. Join us to watch and we can comment and chat about what we're seeing in the comment section. "See" you at the Movies! LINK FOR THE YOUTUBE VIDEO PREMIERE  

SGQ Summer 2008 - Peru State College by Kessler Studios

Posted October 31, 2021

We recently saw a post highlighting the work of Kessler Studios for the Peri State College Library in Peru, Nebraska and the images seemed so familiar... and that's because they were! We featured that commission as the cover art on the Summer 2008 SGQ. Here follows an excerpt from the article and a few images from the article. For more SGQ stories and back issues, check out our store here.

Orchestrations of Colour: The Stained Glass of Douglas Hamilton

Posted September 17, 2021

“Orchestrations of Colour” is devoted to the life and work of the Glaswegian stained glass artist-craftsman, Douglas Hamilton (1895-1959), who trained with the Stephen Adam Studio, studied at the Glasgow School of Art and served in the Great War. He later moved on to Guthrie & Wells until setting up his own studio in 1938. From then until his death in 1959 he produced stained glass for the 90 or more churches listed in the gazetteer. He rarely signed his windows so there are undoubtedly others, yet to be identified.

Gelman Stained Glass Museum Inaugural Organ Concert: Sunday, November 28th, 2021.

Posted September 15, 2021

A little over 30 years ago, a collection of stained glass windows pulled from churches in disrepair marked for demolition started in a Texas garage. Now that collection has grown into a museum.

International Survey of Jewish Monuments Synagogue Invitation to Include Stained Glass

Posted August 5, 2021

A group of historians who are scholars in Jewish Art have come together to gather information. They have a stained glass sub-group through the International Survey of Jewish Monuments. They are asking for help to put together a list of stained glass windows existing in Synagogues. It is data collection at this point - trying to figure out where windows exist in Jewish buildings and some basic information about them. It turns out American synagogues are under-represented in stained glass art history.

2020 Annual Membership Report

Posted March 31, 2021

2020 IN REVIEW & LOOKING AHEAD The work of the SGAA in 2020 was a vastly different kind of creative than what we had planned. Still, in many ways, we are fortunate that we were already in a sort of “challenge and rebuild” mode here at the office and with our dedicated, long-time Board and Committee members. Digging into the organization’s foundation and embracing change has been the routine here since January 2018. So while we certainly have felt disappointed at times not to be on the path we envisioned, we’re still proud of all we accomplished. Download our entire membership report read about both the highlights of 2020 as well as what we're looking forward to in 2021.

Making Moves to build on our Purpose for 2021

Posted February 4, 2021

Big news... WE MOVED to a gorgeous new location in the heart of downtown Buffalo, NY and we're finally able to reopen our offices two days a week!

International Stained Glass Community Mourns the Passing of Mary Clerkin Higgins

Posted December 26, 2020

At 4:30am December 25th, 2020, internationally recognized stained glass conservator and scholar Mary Clerkin Higgins passed away after a long battle with cancer. Mary Clerkin Higgins was an award-winning artist and conservator who has worked in stained glass since 1976. She has written about, lectured internationally, and restored stained glass from the 12th century to the present for numerous museums and institutions around the country, while also creating new works of art at herstudio in Brooklyn, NY. Windows that she has built and worked on are in Cathedrals, Museums, and Universities around the world. Among the institutions that have turned to Mary for her stained glass conservation expertise are Harvard University, The Nasher Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the United Nations and many others. Mary lived life intensely, passionately, and generously, dedicated to stained glass and to those she loved. The entire community is lucky to have her works of art and her writings to turn to in her memory. Here, we share the last piece she wrote for Stained Glass, our quarterly magazine, where she writes about the conservation of three of J&R Lamb’s Stanford Memorial Church windows on the campus of Stanford University.

Perspectives on Representation - Statement of Diversity and Inclusion from the Board of Directors

Posted August 14, 2020

2020 has been a highly unusual year, to say the least, and the leadership of the SGAA wanted to dedicate this space to make clear that if you are passionate about stained glass, then there is a place for you among us. There is a renewed focus on diversity and inclusion all around the country and that is a good thing. There is no organization so perfect that it does not need to purposefully, constantly challenge how it might be building bridges between leadership and everyone who we hope is a part of our organization. 

Teaching creativity one cut of glass at a time

Posted May 25, 2020

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of the Stained Glass Quarterly - Vol 115 No 1.  Teaching creativity one cut of glass at a time : The Stained Glass Project in Philadelphia is changing lives

Nzilani Glass Conservation pivots to launch The Nzilani Mask Project

Posted May 21, 2020

Be Safe - it applies to Everyone. www.nzilanimaskproject.com__________________ When the Bay Area shelter-in-place order was announced in mid-March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic; Nzilani Glass Conservation immediately started thinking about how to safely continue employing their core staff while keeping people safe in the Bay Area and Beyond.

Uro by Yough, A Resurrection of the Uroboros line by Youghiogheny Glass Co.

Posted May 7, 2020

A letter from Youghiogheny to all Art Glass Industry: Our industry is long overdue for an announcement of excitement and positivity, so we are pleased to be the bearer of good news. Youghiogheny, together with Oceanside Glasstile, is announcing the acquisition and launch of Uro by Yough, a resurrection of the Uroboros line of both traditional art glass and 96 compatible fusible glass. The machines and all of the equipment have arrived at our Connellsville factory, and we are just about ready to start production.

SGAA May Community Resources

Posted May 3, 2020

DESPITE THE CHALLENGES of Spring 2020 and COVID-19 there are still many exciting things happening for SGAA members.

Fern Pattern Protective Face Mask

Posted April 20, 2020

We are already more accustomed than most to wearing masks as PPE in our day-to-day work but now that it's just a part of daily life, it's more important than ever that we have options of how to take care of ourselves.

Illumination: The Story of Tom Holdman and Holdman Studios

Posted April 15, 2020

Excerpt from Stained Glass Spring 2016 - Vol. 111, No. 1 By Amie Jane LeavittLike many stained glass artisans Tom Holdman started his career in his parents’ garage. He has excelled in glass on the wisdom his father shared with him growing up.

One hundred years in business

Posted February 25, 2020

Rohlf's Stained and Leaded Glass Studio celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Sarah Hall receives top Canadian honor

Posted February 10, 2020

Stained glass artist and pioneer Sarah Hall was appointed a Member of the Royal Order of Canada.

Recap: SGAA Board visits Buffalo Headquarters

Posted January 14, 2020

For the first time since the SGAA moved headquarters to Buffalo, the entire board visited the city as the association held its winter board meetings.

The Neustadt heads to Newport

Posted December 2, 2019

The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass is coming to Rhode Island with an opening lecture and reception on Dec. 8.

Affiliate Member Story: Glass Fire

Posted November 25, 2019

A chance encounter with Tiffany lamps while working at Death Valley National Park led to Freddi Steele's calling into stained glass. 

The Path To Paradise: Judith Schaechter's Stained-Glass Art

Posted November 6, 2019

The Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) of the University of Rochester is pleased to present The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained-Glass Art, the first survey and major scholarly assessment of this groundbreaking artist's 37-year career.

Akili Ron Anderson is lending his spirit for a better world

Posted October 28, 2019

After his 1982 sculpture depicting the Last Supper with African-American faces was rediscovered, Akili Ron Anderson found himself back in the spotlight. A sculptor, stained-glass artist, and painter (among other things), Anderson has infused his work with Afrocentric themes which has served as his contribution to changing the world.

Sylvia Nicolas honored with lifetime achievement

Posted October 10, 2019

Stained-glass artist Sylvia Nicolas will receive the Living Treasure Award for lifetime achievement at the New Hampshire Governor's Art Awards on Oct. 21, 2019.

Beguiled by Tiffany: 125 Years of Collecting

Posted September 27, 2019

To celebrate 50 years of The Nuestadt, the museum will host the first scholarly symposium on the history of Tiffany collecting on Oct. 11 in Manhattan.

Rediscovering the work of Douglas Phillips

Posted September 27, 2019

A history dive into the work of Douglas Phillips, one of the only African American glass artists to have a major studio.

Bendheim celebrates Robert Jayson's SGAA Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted September 10, 2019

Bendheim celebrated the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Robert Jayson by the Stained Glass Association of America.

SGAA partners with Explore Buffalo for stained glass tours

Posted September 3, 2019

Serving as a guest docent on tours of sacred spaces around Buffalo, N.Y., Megan McElfresh is helping to spread the word about stained glass and help people see their spaces, and art, in a new way.    

Shaping Minnesota’s Architectural Landscape on the Color Line

Posted August 14, 2019

Learn about William Hazel: architect, stained glass artist and one of the few African-American designers and salesmen to work for Tiffany & Co.

Judith Schaechter exhibits at the Chrysler Museum of Art

Posted August 8, 2019

New works, many of which are her personal favorites, of Judith Schaechter will be on exhibit at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. The show opens on Sept. 20, 2019 and runs through Jan. 5, 2020.

The history of Tiffany meets the technology of an app in Chicago

Posted August 6, 2019

As the Richard H. Driehaus Museum prepares for its exhibit and accompanying publication Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany the museum has also launched Chicago's Tiffany Trail, an app that takes visitors to Tiffany windows around the Windy City. 

Sponsor the SGAA 2020 Winter Meetings

Posted July 29, 2019

Support the Stained Glass Association of America as it takes its winter meetings to Buffalo, N.Y.  in January 2020.

SGAA Announces 2019 Award Winners

Posted June 4, 2019

Robert Jayson, owner and president of S.A. Bendheim Ltd., was presented with the SGAA Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual awards reception and banquet, held June 4 to close out the 2019 summer conference in San Antonio, Texas. Megan McElfresh was presented with the Distinguished Service Award, Tony Glander the President's Award, and Ellen Mandelbaum the Stained Glass School Excellence in Education Award.

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