If you have not heard the news by now, you will soon. The Boston GAS conference for 2013 has been cancelled. There is no replacement site.
There will be no conference in 2013.
The Glass Art Society (GAS) has held a continuous succession of
conferences since its inauguration in 1971. In 2012, we celebrated
glass and its history in an extremely successful event in Toledo.
Today, after careful consideration and with deep regret, the Board of
the Glass Art Society has decided unanimously to cancel the 2013
conference in Boston.
The Board and staff of GAS are committed to developing an excellent
conference for our membership and we recognize that our members would
accept nothing less. We understand the importance of your investment in
the Glass Art Society each year as you travel to attend the conference
and want to ensure that you have the best experience possible.
Unfortunately, after nearly two years of planning and working hard
alongside the Boston co-chairs, we were unable to secure suitable venues
and indispensable funding necessary for the conference’s success this
June. This decision is due largely to the internal complexity of the
interdependent partnering agencies and the unpredictable time factor in
which each independent decision had to be deliberated within each
partnering entity. Essentially, the process and unforeseen problems
exceeded the time frame required to launch and secure a fiscally
responsible and logistically and professional successful conference.
This year, GAS will be providing numerous opportunities aside from a
traditional annual conference. We have been working hard on new programs
and strongly encourage you to keep watch for announcements of exciting
events during the upcoming year. Members can look forward to webinars,
regional events, tours and an improved web site with new
functionalities, offering you a place to increase your knowledge and
understanding of the developing field of creative work expressed in the
medium of glass. Meanwhile, a strong and redesigned conference is in
preparation for 2014, which will retain popular components but will also
allow us to plan programs that reflect the expanded field. We will
announce the GAS Conference location and dates in February. Also,
ongoing investigations into securing an international conference venue
There is much to look forward to in the coming year and we thank you for
your continued support. The Glass Art Society is the largest and
oldest organization for glass of its kind and the Board is always making
their decisions with the organization and its members’ best interest at
Jutta-Annette Page, Ph.D.
The GAS website has no mention. Online rumors are that GAS 2013 is cancelled because of lack of funding and issues in appropriate venue acquisition. Bummer.
Jan 10, 2013: Update: Click HERE to jump to Urban Glass' blog online interview with GAS honchos on what happened to Boston.
April 26, 2013: Update: Click HERE to jump to information about GlassBoston - a 4day conference hosted by MIT Glass Lab, NOCA Glass School @ APG, The Society of Arts and Crafts and Strattman Design.
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