Launched in 2018, the Momentum Intersection program is a collaboration of industry, design, and art. Inspired by the studio glass movement and the experimental glass workshops held in Toledo, OH in 1962, The Arts Commission seeks to provide new partnerships between applications of glass as an artistic medium and manufacturing processes.

Each year up to three creative individuals are invited to reimagine the potential of Pilkington float glass through the creation newly developed works. A selection panel of internationally recognized industry experts review applications through two phases. The finalists begin as a group of six whom are invited to tour Pilkington Glass North America facilities and manufacturing plant; attend seminars on the history of glass manufacturing; learn about materials from NSG research and development engineers; be given demonstrations on various applications of glass materials; be provided with materials of the participants choice; and receive ongoing support from NSG technical teams who will continue to be available throughout the process. Within three months the finalists are tasked with creating a final proposal for the jury to review with up to three projects given materials, an honorarium, and exhibition space during the following years festival. 

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Tina Aufiero is an internationally recognized visual artist and educator. She was the artistic director at Pilchuck Glass School from 2012–2016. Aufiero earned a bachelor’s of fine arts from Rhode Island School of Design and a master’s of fine arts from Parsons the New School for Design. Her work spans across disciplines and embraces emerging technologies.

Kevin Sanderson Ph.D., CChem, FRSC is the Research and Development Director at Pilkington North America. His inventions include patents related to coated glass products and applications and he has received multiple awards for his innovative work with glass.

Shannon Stratton is a writer, artist and independent curator. She co-founded Threewalls, an artist-run space in Chicago, IL in 2003 where she was Director until 2015. from 2015-2019 she was chief curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, NY. She is currently Executive Director of Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency in Saugatuck, MI. 

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Douglas Heller co-founded Heller Gallery in 1973. Heller is a founding board member of the Creative Glass Center of America and serves on the Advisory Board of UrbanGlass.  He is a former Vice President of the Associates of the American Craft Museum and a Fellow of The Corning Museum of Glass. 

Katya Heller is an art dealer, artist advocate and representative specializing in contemporary glass. Over the past 25 years she has organized exhibitions, international projects and special programs for numerous public art institutions and organizations, commercial galleries and individual artists as project director, interpreter, dealer and curator. She is a Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of UrbanGlass, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Czech Center-New York.

Heller Gallery

Katerina Rüedi Ray is a Professor and Director Emeritus of the Bowling Green State University School of Art. She was Director of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture from 1997 to 2002. Her design work has been exhibited in Europe and the USA, and has won international awards. She has curated or juried exhibitions in the USA, UK, Germany and the Czech Republic and, with Igor Marjanović, her creative work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her research connects modernism and education in art, design and architecture to critical social theory, focusing on globalization within capitalist and communist spheres. 

Kyle Sword is the Business Development Manager for NSG North America and heads the company’s interests in historic restoration. Has worked for Pilkington for 20+ years and is involved with a variety of different technological developments in the glass industry. His main business function is to spread glass education and look for new opportunities to provide value for customers creating products with coated and flat glass products.

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Alli Hoag creates installations and sculptures that look from ancient myth to future technologies as inspiration and insight into how we understand and control the world around us. Alli graduated from Alfred University with her MFA and received her BFA at University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has developed her work internationally through residencies abroad at Cite des Arts International and S12 Galleri og Verksted in Bergen, Norway, where she also worked as Workshop Manager. She has exhibited both internationally and nationally, and is currently serving as Full Time Instructor and Glass Area Head at Bowling Green State University.

Diane C. Wright was appointed the curator of glass and decorative arts at the Toledo Museum of Art in 2017. Previously, she was the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass at the Chrysler Museum of Art where she published Glass: Masterworks from the Chrysler Museum of Art and co-chaired the 46th Glass Art Society conference, Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance. She has also held positions at The Corning Museum of Glass, Yale University Art Gallery and Pilchuck Glass School.

Wright has taught extensively on the history of glass and is a recognized scholar of the windows and mosaics of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his Studio. Her current research focuses on international studio and contemporary glass. She is the recipient of the Rakow Grant for Glass Research from The Corning Museum of Glass and received her MA in the History of Decorative Arts from Parsons the New School for Design.

Kyle Sword is the Business Development Manager for NSG North America and heads the company’s interests in historic restoration. Has worked for Pilkington for 20+ years and is involved with a variety of different technological developments in the glass industry. His main business function is to spread glass education and look for new opportunities to provide value for customers creating products with coated and flat glass products.