The 2017 Robert M. Minkoff Foundation Academic Symposium at UrbanGlass

Issues in Glass Pedagogy: “Curriculum and Career”

New York gallery tour | presentations | moderated discussions | breakout sessions | networking opportunities

Join us for the third edition of our biennial academic symposium at UrbanGlass, a unique opportunity for glass department heads, faculty members, instructors, and students to discuss with their peers the changing fine-art landscape in academia, and best practices in the lecture hall and studio. New for 2017: A special focus on the post-graduate world and how to best prepare students for success through curriculum and programs.


Artist Rachel Berwick, head of the Rhode Island School of Design's glass department, will lead off the third iteration of the symposium with her lecture entitled: “Alchemy: Innovation and Experimentation in Studio Practice” at 9 AM on October 13, 2017.

Designed for professors at degree-granting institutions but open to all glass educators and arts administrators, three days of provocative presentations and formal and informal idea exchange will take place at the center of the New York City artworld, with an organized tour of glass at Chelsea art galleries and social events throughout the symposium.

Taking place from October 12 - 14, 2017 in New York City, the upcoming meeting of glass art educators will examine the factors that determine students' post-graduate success, with investigations into the economic challenges facing professional contemporary artists, as well as the educational interventions that are most effective in preparing graduates to thrive.

From in-depth presentations on how to best prepare students for the post-graduate realities of life as an independent artist to discussions of ways universities offer practical support for recent graduates as they establish themselves, the 2017 symposium will examine the question of career from multiple angles, with case studies from universities and schools around the world.

The symposium program is designed in consulation with an advisory committee made up of Pilchuck artistic direcor Tina Aufiero; independent artist Daniel Clayman; Minkoff Foundation director, GLASS magazine editor, and symposium organizer Andrew Page; head of glass and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University Jack Wax; UrbanGlass education director Ben Wright, and managing trustee Robert Minkoff.

The previous two symposiums each attracted 100 faculty and educators from as far away as Australia, Finland, and Japan, for a provocative mix of lectures, panel discussions, and studio demos. In addition to the formal programming, the three-day event will be organized to maximize opportunities for informal exchange and networking, and will kick off with our regular walking tour of top galleries in Chelsea.

Download the full program from the 2015 Robert M. Minkoff Academic Symposium at UrbanGlass for a sample of the types of presentations and events.

Registration for the 2017 event is $175, with a special student rate of $125 (valid I.D. required). Attendees are responsible for their own lodgings, and special hotel rates will be posted as they are negotiated.

Class Schedule
  • October 12th - October 14th, 2017