Glass Art Society announces award winners

The Glass Art Society is pleased to announce the selection of its 2016 award recipients.

The Lifetime Achievement Award, which acknowledges individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the glass arts worldwide, will be awarded to James Carpenter. The recipient of the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award for outstanding service to the Glass Art Society is Jutta- Annette Page.

“Throughout his career, Jamie Carpenter—a light artist, designer, and architect—has shown us how to think in new ways in glass,” said Tina Oldknow, senior curator of modern and contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. “From his studio projects with Dale Chihuly in the early 1970s to the completion, in 2006, of 7 World Trade Center in New York City, Carpenter’s artistic exploration has been deeply focused on material, on discovering its many possibilities, on redefining transparency, and on creating new relationships between glass and light. Carpenter’s many projects, which chart his always open and innovative approach to glass, are as dynamic, versatile, and elegant as the material itself.”

James Carpenter has worked at the intersection of architecture, art, and engineering for nearly 50 years, advancing a distinctive vision based on the use of natural light as the foundational elements of the built environment. Originally trained as a studio artist, Carpenter founded the cross-disciplinary design firm James Carpenter Design Associates in 1979, deploying these aesthetic principles on large-scale architectural projects. Applying a profound knowledge of materiality and craft, Carpenter has striven to integrate a collective experience of nature within the built environment.

Carpenter has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He holds a degree in architecture and sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a Loeb Fellow of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

“Jutta served on the GAS Board for over nine years before serving as president. As an artist and a curator, she brought a unique and clear perspective to the role,” said GAS executive director, Pamela Koss. “Her dedication and leadership to GAS was unwavering.”

Jutta-Annette Page entered the museum field as a post-doctoral fellow in Byzantine art at Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, in Washington, D.C. After serving for a decade as curator of European glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, she joined the staff of the Toledo Museum of Art as curator of glass in 2003, to which the responsibilities of curator of decorative arts were soon added.

A respected author in her field, Page has completed an extensive array of publications and lectures on topics ranging from ancient to modern and contemporary glass, the history of jewelry, European tapestries, and furniture. She holds a PhD and MA in the history of art and architecture from Brown University, an MAE in jewelry, metalsmithing, and industrial design from Rhode Island School of Design, and an MA and BA in visual communication and art from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in Germany.

The Glass Art Society is an international non-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage excellence, to advance education, to promote the appreciation and development of the glass arts, and to support the worldwide community of artists who work with glass.GAS will present these awards to Carpenter and Page at the 45th annual conference in Corning, NY on June 9, 2016. To view a complete list of past award recipients, visit

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