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The 2019 Robert M. Minkoff Foundation Academic Symposium at UrbanGlass: CALL FOR PROPOSALS (updated)

October 24th – October 26th, 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, Critique, and Critical Thinking," will take place from October 24th to 26th, 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 CALL: The 2019 symposium seeks proposals for presentations, panel discussions, and workshops that address the current state of critical discourse in the field. Focal points include: structures and alternative formats of critique; how critical thinking is defined and manifest in a material-based education; cross-disciplinary engagement; and understanding implicit bias and best practices as gender, race, and identity are reevaluated in academic exchange. Relevant case studies and comparisons to other fields are of interest as the role of critique has broadened from the art school framework with glass expanding into design-, architectural-, and engineering-based applications. In addition, we seek examples from disciplines such as photography, ceramics, and fibers, to see how critical discourse has been key to wider presence in fine art.

THE JURY: 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 will be considered by a jury that includes artist and University of the Arts glass department head Daniel Clayman; artist and head of the glass program at Bowling Green State University Alli Hoag; artist and head of the glass program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Helen Lee; Minkoff Foundation director, Glass magazine editor, and symposium organizer Andrew Page; and artist and executive director of UrbanGlass, Devin Mathis.

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: Submissions should be emailed to symposium@urbanglass.org by the deadline of June 1, 2019. The author of selected proposals will receive complimentary symposium registration, an honorarium of $200 (payable upon submission of the paper or summary thereof). 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.

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

COST: 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.


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Event Schedule
October 24th – October 26th, 2019
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217