The 2019 Robert M. Minkoff Foundation Academic Symposium at UrbanGlass -- NOTE NEW DATE

October 24th – October 27th, 2019

New York gallery tour | presentations | moderated discussions | breakout sessions | networking opportunities | workshops

For its fourth biennial academic symposium, UrbanGlass is again partnering with the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation to present an international gathering of department heads, professors, and educators to discuss issues and best practices in the lecture hall, shop, and studio. The upcoming symposium, titled "Issues in Glass Pedagogy: Criticism and Critique," will take place from October 17 -19th, 2019 in New York City, and will examine the importance of constructive critical dialogue in the success of individual artists and the overall field.

The 2019 symposium seeks proposals for presentations, panel discussions, and workshops that address the current state of criticism in the field. Focal points include: crit formats; implicit bias; and best practices as gender, race, and identity are reevaluated in academic exchange. We are interested in relevant case studies and comparisons to other fields. With design and architectural applications exploding in our field, the mission of critique has broadened from the art school framework. In addition, we will look to examples from disciplines such as photography, ceramics, and fibers, to see how critical discourse has been key to wider presence in fine art.

The full program of the conference is being finalized and will be shaped by submissions received in response to this Call for Proposals. We are particularly interested in submissions from a broad range of disciplines and practices not limited to glass.

Submissions should be emailed to by the deadline of May 1, 2019, and will be considered by a jury that includes artist and head of the glass program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Helen Lee; artist and University of the Arts glass department head Daniel Clayman; Minkoff Foundation director, GLASS magazine editor, and symposium organizer Andrew Page; artist, curator and UrbanGlass director of education Ben Wright; and artist and executive director of UrbanGlass, Devin Mathis.

The author of selected proposals will receive complimentary symposium registration, an honorarium of $200 (payable upon submission of the paper or summary). Previous symposia have attracted over 100 faculty and educators from as far away as Australia, China, Finland, Israel, and Japan. Formats have included mixed lectures with panel discussions, live glass demonstrations, as well as participatory workshops.

The goal of every biennial academic symposium is to provide educators with an opportunity for professional development, networking opportunities, and experiences of New York galleries.

Registration for the 2019 event is $175, with a special student rate of $125 (valid I.D. required). Attendees are responsible for their own lodgings, and special hotel rates will be posted as they are negotiated.

For more information, or to reserve tickets, keep an eye on this symposium event page.

Event Schedule
October 24th – October 27th, 2019
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217