Virginia Glass Guild

To Support, Advocate and Advance Public Awareness of Glass as an Art Form.

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The Virginia Glass Guild, formerly known as The Peninsula Glass Guild, was established in 1986 to promote quality glass art in the community and to provide a forum for glass arts. These goals include the sharing of artistic ideas, expanding knowledge and awareness of glass as an art form, and stretching artistic imagination through exploration of glass as an artistic medium. The guild welcomes new members living throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, working in all areas of glass art at every level of interest; professional artists, hobbyists, teachers, students and glass enthusiasts.

In order to promote glass art in the community, the Guild makes an annual donation of art glass or educational materials related to glass, purchases and subsequently donates art, or grants towards those ends, to organizations or individuals consistent with the goals of the Guild.
Past works include donations to the Empty Bowls Project, The Children's Museum of Virginia, the city of Chesapeake, The Chrysler Museum, The American Theater, Newport News SPCA, the Virginia Living Museum, The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, the Yorktown Victory Center, the Virginia Medical Center in Richmond, the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, Shelton on the Bay (an Adult Home), the CANDII House, Norfolk, the Holocaust Museum in Richmond, and the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. VGG is always in search of new venues.

The Guild strongly advocates for glass art education, and proudly awards scholarships to eligable members every year. These members use the scholarships to either further their own glass medium, or to learn a new way to work with glass they had not previously studied. Scholarship recipients give a presentation at the end of their studies to show what they have learned and how they have and can continue to apply the knowledge they've learned. This allows us to not only benefit our scholarship recipients, but also those who attend the presentation. As a third benefit, the pieces created during these educational sessions are usually on display in our public exhibitions, thereby enriching the entire community.

To promote awareness of glass as an art form, the Guild has sponsored the Annual Juried Exhibition at The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center in Hampton for the past 30 years, in addition to smaller exhibits in venues throughout Virginia. It is a chance for the glass artists of Virginia to showcase their skills, as well as an opportunity for recognition from a respected Juror and awards. The Guild awards $2,000 split between the Award of Excellence, Third, Second, and Best in Show. Best in Show winners also receive a Solo show during the next year's Juried Exhibition.
The Annual show is always free and open to the public. We encourage and invite you to join us for this year's Exhibition. The opening reception will include the award ceremony, as well as our annual Silent Auction featuring beautiful local glass art and other goodies.

"More than any other group of artists I know, these VGG members are constantly taking workshops, studying their craft, and earning new techniques with they incorporate into their latest work as it evolves and expands." -James Warwick Jones, Gallery manager of Charles H. Taylor Art Center

"I became a member when I was brand new to glass and still a student in college. The Members of the Guild taught me how to professionally install and apply to shows. I have grown so much as an artist because of their support!" -Jenna Figgers, Virginia Glass Guild Member

"Public art shows such as [the Annual Juried Exhibition] depend on the response of the community they represent. The annual exhibition effort organized by the Board of the Virginia Glass Guild is intended to provide a forum to show the interests, skills, and creativity of its members to the general public." -Dr. Jutta-Annette Page, Executive Director of the Barry Art Museum

"And so strongly do they embrace often challenging concepts, forms and combinations of different media that they not only trample the traditional boundaries of studio glass but also stand out as one of most formidable displays of contemporary art in Hampton Roads this year." -Mark St. John Erickson, Daily Press, On the subject of the 30th Annual Juried Exhibition in 2017.