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Friday May 7, 2021 | by Andrew Page

The UrbanGlass Gala, taking place May 12th, will showcase glass in a contemporary art frame

UrbanGlass, the nonprofit art center that publishes the Glass Quarterly Hot Sheet, is holding its 2021 Gala and Auction on May 12th, where it will celebrate glass as a medium for contemporary art. A virtual event, this year's fundraising gala will be unique for its distinctly New York flavor with contemporary art stars such as Kiki Smith, a co-chair, and honorees such as arts philanthropist Barbara Tober and artist Deborah Czersko who will share their personal takes on the material and how it is used by contemporary artists.

A curated assortment of works in glass are now available to preview at the Agnes Varis Art Center's first-floor galleryat UrbanGlass, where works by Lindsey Adelman, Zoe Buckman, Monica Cook, Deborah Czeresko, Andrew Erdos, Jes Fan, Martha Friedman, Katherine Gray, Beth Lipman, Shari Mendelson, Pamela Sabroso and Alison Siegel, Biba Schutz, Katie Stout, Kiki Smith, Matthew Szosz, and Chris Wolston will remain on view until the gala concludes on the evening of May 12th. (Private, in-person viewing of the auction items with UrbanGlass executive director Devin Mathis can be scheduled by emailing

The event will kick off at 6:30 PM for VIP ticketholders, who will have received a special "House Party Box" that includes the makings of a Mojito cocktail to be sipped from a hand-blown glass, also provided. All ticketholders will be welcomed at 7 PM, when performance artist Grace Whiteside emcees the evening alongside co-chairs Kiki Smith and Margaret Rose Vendryes. Look for guest appearances by Heller Gallery's Katya Heller, chair of the UrbanGlass board, as well as Leslie Jackson Chihuly, Beth Lipman, and board member Cynthia Manocherian.

With tickets starting at $25, the event is designed to be accessible for all members of the art community. You can purchase tickets via this link.

If you are unable to attend the live event, donations are accepted at any level via this link.

For details about VIP Cocktails, contact Maria Lymberis at or 917-261-4474.

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.