Tuesday February 4, 2020 | by Farah Rose Smith

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: New York glass art and design group invites emerging scholars to submit papers

The Art Glass Forum | New York invites submissions for short papers to be presented at its third annual Emerging Scholars Lecture exploring the use or history of glass as an artistic medium. This group of glass collectors, dealers, curators, and aficionados seek proposals from current and recent graduate students as well as young professionals for a 20-minute illustrated lecture that presents original research. The purpose of the Emerging Scholars Lecture is to "provide a forum for sharing and discussing new research and discoveries with a community of glass scholars and enthusiasts," according to the group's website.

"Thousands of years of glass-making are bursting into contemporary forms," says Eve Kahn, a writer on arts and antiques who was a regular New York Times contributor until 2016. She's served as president of the Art Glass Forum since June of 2019. “They [applicants] shouldn’t feel intimidation because, if it interests you, it interests us. Whatever aspect of glass has caught their fancy, we'd love to hear about it.”

She goes on to describe her "astonishment at the variety of topics people dream up" for the event. "Two or three scholars are chosen. They are usually graduate students or recent graduates." Kahn mentions that they are, however, open to submissions from those who are still undergraduates. 

Participants will be awarded membership to Art Glass Forum, be invited to join a group dinner after the lecture, and get to partake in community networking with extensive synergies between the worlds of historic and contemporary glass art and design.

The deadline for submissions is March 10th, 2020. 


Submission Guidelines:

  •  A one-page abstract of your topic with title.
  •  A current c.v. (2-page maximum)

Please send submissions and direct any questions to: 

Eve Kahn: President, Art Glass Forum | New York

Decisions will be mailed by March 17th and the presentations will be made on the evening of May 12th. Presenters will receive a $100 honorarium and a complimentary one-year membership to the AGF | NY.Confirmed speakers will be asked to provide the AGF | NY with the following materials by March 27th for publicity use:

  •  A short biography
  •  Title and description of the presentation
  • Headshot
  • Two related digital images

Kahn mentions that past participants have gone on to "really cool things." Past Participants of the Emerging Scholars Lecture include:

Joseph H. Larnerd (The Boy and His Bowl), is now an assistant Professor at Drexel University. 

Farnoosh Farmer (The History of the Convex Mirror), a fellow at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in NYC when she participated in the Emerging Scholars Lecture, is now a practicing designer and independent researcher.

Anna Millers (Women Working with Glass), was finishing a five-month stint as a curatorial intern at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC while also studying the history of art and decorative arts at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris-She went on to be a curatorial intern at Corning Museum of Glass and is earning a degree in museum patrimony conservation at France's Institut National du Patrimoine.

Thea Goldring (Lead and Liquid: The Stained Glass of John LaFarge), is a Harvard PhD student. 

Ana Matisse Donefer-Hickie (Art and Imperial Allegory: The Deckelpokal of Ferdinand II), works at The Metropolitan museum of Art as a Curatorial Research Associate. 

The Art Glass Forum | New York is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that encourages the study and appreciation of glass through lectures and other public programs. Originally founded as the New York Metropolitan Glass Club in 1999, membership includes collectors, dealers, students, curators, conservators, authors and scholars from the Metropolitan area. 

The AGF | NY meets on the second Tuesday of each month (from October through May) in the Chapel of St. Michael’s Church at 225 West 99th Street. For more information, please visit their membership page. 

Details for submitting Emerging Scholars proposals by March 10 are available here.

Glass: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, a glossy art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass has provided a critical context to the most important artwork being done in the medium of glass for more than 40 years.