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In 2009, Stacey Neff founded the New Mexico Experimental Glass Workshop, an artist-focused, non-profit organization. Neff currently serves as it's director. The goal is to explore and expand the application of hot glass as a contemporary art media by making it accessible to non-glass artists through progressive programming. This program targets mid-to-late-career artists (the least represented demographic in targeted artist support systems).
"In my experience, glass is a traditional craft media requiring years of skill specialization and expensive equipment making it inaccessible to most fine artists. I have also observed that an artist who has pursued excellence over a lengthy career will be likely to create, in any media, with the same excellent protocols for decision-making. With this theory I have pursued the facilitation of glass artwork for some of Santa Fe's finest living artists, and to their great satisfaction, the successful integration of hot glass into their artistic vernacular. The workshop facilitators include hot glass shop business owners with the tools to engage the most experienced glass artists of Santa Fe with a broad range of equipment and skills. We also have an artistic advisory panel of regional master glass artists available to consult in their areas of expertise. We have remained in the black, created jobs for New Mexico hot glass workers, and have made some break-through and beautiful art, which has sold amazingly well in several contemporary galleries in Santa Fe." –Stacey Neff