Thursday February 2, 2017 | by Andrew Page

CALL FOR PAPERS: October 2017 UrbanGlass academic symposium to focus on post-graduate outcomes

For its third biennial academic symposium, UrbanGlass is again partnering with the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation to present an international gathering of department heads, professors, and educators to discuss best practices in the lecture hall and studio. The upcoming symposium, titled "Issues in Glass Pedagogy: Curriculum and Career," will take place from October 12 -14, 2017 in New York City, and will examine the factors that determine students' post-graduate success. Among the areas of interest are investigations into the economic challenges facing professional contemporary artists, as well as the educational interventions that are most effective in preparing graduates to thrive. The symposium organizers are now accepting proposals for lecture presentations, panel dicussions, and studio demonstrations that address how academic curricula and programs can affect career outcomes, with a special focus on best practices, statistical analysis, and case studies.

The full program of the conference is still being finalized and will be shaped by submissions received in response to this Call for Papers. Submissions are to be emailed to by the deadline of May 1, 2017, and will be considered by a jury that includes Pilchuck artistic director 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 Minkoff Foundation managing trustee Robert Minkoff.

Selected presenters will receive complimentary symposium registration, and an honorarium of $200. The inaugural 2013 symposium attracted nearly 100 faculty and educators from as far away as Australia, Finland, and Japan, and mixed lectures with panel discussions and a studio demo. The 2015 symposium, entitled "New Technologies in Practice," included even more moderated discussions and opportunitites for debating the merits and implications of cutting-edge innovations in art making.

The goal of every biennial academic symposium is to provide educators with an opportunity for professional development, networking opportunites, and experiences of New York galleries.

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.

For more information, or to reserve tickets, visit the symposium event page.

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.