Thursday October 18, 2018 | by Andrew Page

Memorial service for the late art critic James Yood to be held on November 1st at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The late art critic James Yood (1952 - 2018) was a regular presence at the annual Sculptural Objects Functional Art Fair in Chicago, where, if he wasn't giving a public lecture or leading a panel discussion, he could be found walking the show in search of compelling artists to write about for Glass or the many other important art publications to which he regularly contributed. It is fitting, then, that his memorial service will take place on the opening night of the big art fair. On the evening of Thursday, November 1st, Yood will be remembered by the many people whose lives he touched at the ballroom of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he taught for some three decades. 

While he reviewed art in a range of materials, and by artists from around the world, he reserved a special interest in those hailing from Chicago. He was a reliable presence at the city's myriad gallery and museum openings, and an expert in the city's unique architecture. Married to an artist, Lorraine Peltz, Yood was one of the most influential critics writing about glass, not only for this magazine, but for numerous artist monographs, including books on William Morris and Lino Tagliapietra.

The James Yood Memorial will take place on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 from 4 PM to 7 PM in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Ballroom at 112 S. Michigan Ave. The speaking program begins at 5 PM.

To attend, please RSVP by October 25th to or call 312-499-4190.

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 35 years.