Founded in 1977 as the New York Experimental Glass Workshop and located in downtown Brooklyn since 1991, UrbanGlass fosters experimentation and advances the use and critical understanding of glass as a creative medium. A professional community of over 300 artists utilize the 17,000 square foot studio, alongside students of all ages who learn everything from glassblowing to neon in the organization's workshop program. A variety of residency and fellowship programs support emerging and established artists as they create new, experimental work in the material, and scholarships expand access to the calendar of classes. The studios are closed to the public but may be visited during quarterly Open Studio events and during a free tour that is offered every Saturday at 1pm.
In addition to the studios, the organization is also home to the Agnes Varis Art Center, which features rotating exhibitions of contemporary art and design from around the world and a store, UrbanGlass|ware, which highlights work made by artists in the organization's studio community. The organization also publishes Glass: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly, the leading English-language publication exploring glass as a creative material. Alternately, you can learn more here: https://www.urbanglass.org/visit/mission.
Families are invited to attend UrbanGlass' periodic Open Houses, held on Sunday afternoons. These events allow the public to participate in such studio goings-on as tours, demonstrations and gallery openings. For a $40 fee, visitors can step up to where glass is blown, and fashion paperweights. Children can bring in a clean glass jar, design it with tape and stickers and, for a $5 fee, have it sandblasted.
UrbanGlass conducts guided tours for small school groups. Call to arrange a time. Offered in Spanish or other languages by special arrangement.