Conference 2023:
Forging New Paths

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Mosaic Marathon

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Brianne Van Vorst

Brianne Van Vorst

Principal, Liberty Stained Glass Conservation
Freehold, NJ



Brianne Van Vorst is the principal of Liberty Stained Glass Conservation. She started her stained glass journey at the University of York, where she received an MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Cultural Heritage Management. During her time in York, Brianne worked as part of one of Britain’s oldest stained glass firms; the York Glaziers Trust where she had the privilege to work as part of the team conserving York Minster’s Great East Window (1405-1408). After returning to the US, she worked in a private studio, Northeast Stained Glass. Working in both the US and UK created a unique vantage point that highlighted the differences in materials, technique, approach, and industry standards between the two places. This motivated her to open a consulting firm, Liberty Stained Glass Conservation, in 2016. The goal is to have a positive impact on our nation’s stained glass heritage by advocating for a measured approach and requiring high-quality treatment. Preservation is not a privilege and it can be applied to any situation and any budget.

Brianne holds professional memberships with the New York Landmarks Conservancy, Partners for Sacred Spaces, the American Glass Guild, and the Stained Glass Association of America. Brianne served on the board of the ICON stained glass group and contributes to various other stained glass research groups. She is the Chairperson of her local Historic Preservation Commission, member of the Planning Board, and is currently working towards a Historic Preservation certification at Rutgers University. She lectures annually at the American College of Building Arts on the topic of stained glass. 


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MGAI Exhibition Opening

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Laurie Wells, Old World Stone - credit_Mark F Heffron

Education & Inspiration

Mary Clerkin Higgins on Restoration Panel, San Antonio 2019 - Photo Credit: Kyle J. Mickelson

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Downtown Buffalo

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