Marking La Quinta Arts Festival’s 30th Anniversary, LQAF has announced a partnership with Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG), a non-profit organization whose mission is to further the development and appreciation of art made from glass. The Alliance informs collectors, critics and curators by encouraging and supporting museum exhibitions, university glass departments and specialized teaching programs, regional collector groups, visits to private collections, and public seminars.
The year 2012 also marks the 50th Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement in America. To celebrate this milestone and recognize the many talented artists, AACG has sanctioned more than 160 glass demonstrations, lectures and exhibitions to take place in museums, galleries, art centers, universities, organizations, festivals and other venues across the United States. See a complete AACG listing of 2012 Studio Glass Events and Celebrations.
A video “Pioneers of Studio Glass” was produced by WGTE Public Media for the AACG which provides a fascinating look at the 1962 Toledo Workshops where Harvey Littleton and Dominick Labino first experimented with making glass outside of the factory setting. View the Pioneers of Studio Glass video here.
With the emergence of Glass as a preferred media at La Quinta Arts Festival, LQAF sought to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass by inviting Master Glass Artist Randy Strong to preside as the Featured Artist for La Quinta Arts Festival 2012. Recognized as one of the leaders of the modern Studio Glass Movement, Randy Strong is a two time winner of the Niche Award (2005 & 2008) for the best blown glass in the United States. His phenomenal glass sculptures have been acquired by international collectors and are a part of permanent collections ranging from the Corning Museum of Glass, to the Louvre.
In addition to Randy Strong’s four day festival exhibition, he will give a special lecture entitled “A Life Lived at 2300 Degrees.” The presentation will be Randy’s view from the inside of 45 years of the American Art Glass Movement, touching on the pioneers to contemporary artists, as well as his own amazing artistic journey. The lecture is scheduled for Friday, March 9, 2012 at 6 pm at Embassy Suites La Quinta. The lecture is free and the public is invited. RSVP required to 760-564-1244 ext. 103 or email email@example.com. Those who RSVP will be entered into drawings for a piece of Randy’s work. Winners must be present to win.