For more than 100 years, The Stained Glass Association of America’s annual conference has served a vital role in the industry, bringing together artists and studios from across the country to exchange ideas and perspectives. Each year's national conference provides an educational and creative hub for glass artists, historians, manufacturers, and architects. Whether you're an established studio or just learning stained glass; if you're an architect or building caretaker; if you're making public art or small panels for private homes, our conferences have something for you.

Please plan on joining your friends and colleagues both familiar and new for an inspirational and thought-provoking conference that will bring every facet of our industry together in celebration.


2023 Conference - Forging New Paths Logo

SGAA & SAMA 2023 Conference:
Forging New Paths
September 27 - October 1, 2023
Buffalo, NY

Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center

Two Foundation Plaza, Buffalo, New York, United States, 14202

Book your room now! Last day to book: September 8th, 2023, or until block is full 

Registration is OPEN NOW!


Registration and Announcement Schedule


February 1, 2023 – March 10, 2023


Monday, February 20, 2023


Friday, February 24, 2023


Monday, March 6, 2023 (opens at 12pm Eastern)

  • General Session Content posted

  • Workshop & Tour and Art Salon Registration Opening


March 11- July 31st, 2023

  • General Registration – Members $ 415.00

  • General Registration – Non Members $ 465.00


August 1st- September 24, 2023

  • Late Registration  – Nonmembers $ 500.00

  • Late Registration – Members $ 465.00


Pan-American Expositions, Presidential assassinations, and world-class architecture.

By 1906 (the year the Stained Glass Quarterly was founded), Buffalo was the 6th largest port in the world. By 1951, it was the 11th largest industrial center in the country, the largest inland water port, the 2nd largest railroad center, and the 15th largest city in the country. Its collection of architecture boasts Richardson, Sullivan, Wright, Olmsted & Vaux, Bunshaft, Yamasaki, and Pei. Its Grain Elevators inspired Le Corbusier. Forts on both sides of the border. World class parks. A bustling, renewed waterfront. A city surrounded by vineyards. And, of course, Niagara Falls.

Buffalo is the second largest city in New York. In 1798 Joseph Ellicott, a land agent and surveyor for the Holland Land Company, arrived at the junction of the Buffalo River and Lake Erie. Soon afterward, he began to lay out streets and lots for a village he called New Amsterdam, but which the residents insisted on calling Buffalo. Ellicott’s grid plan forming bicycle-like spokes, interrupted by diagonals, was based on the grid plan of Washington DC, designed by Ellicott’s brother Andrew Ellicott. Ellicott predicted that Buffalo would someday be a huge city and an important inland port. Ellicott's vision came to fruition in 1825 with the completion of the Erie Canal from the Hudson River at Albany to Buffalo Harbor, kickstarting a century of meteoric growth for Buffalo.


Early Registration - Open NOW!

2023 Conference Block

It’s another momentous year for SGAA & SAMA - it is our second joint conference working together and it is the 120th anniversary of the Stained Glass Association of America. We could not be more excited to be planning this event right here in our headquarters city of Buffalo, NY, USA.

Here’s a look at what to expect in the coming weeks:

Early Registration opens FEBRUARY 1, 2023! Register early to have the first crack at a lower registration rate in addition to having the first crack at workshops, field sessions, and tours. On February 17th, we will be posting conference workshop listings on both the SGAA and SAMA websites, giving all attendees a chance to plan. Registration opens for workshops, tours, and add-on field sessions on Monday, March 6, 2023 at 12pm EST. 

SGAA Scholarship applications are open now and can be used by any member of SGAA or SAMA to apply to funding toward conference workshops. Applications are due April 1, 2023. See our scholarships page for application requirements and to apply.

We are putting the finishing touches on an incredible program of speakers for the general session. We are also organizing field sessions and opportunities to explore all that Buffalo has to offer. This is a unique opportunity to engage the passionate, curious public.  If you have questions or suggestions regarding programming, please contact Megan McElfresh.

Your sponsors - the incredible suppliers and manufacturers from across the industry - are excited to join us once again. Sponsor and Vendor Marketplace information will be posted Friday, February 17th, 2023.
There are a lot of moving parts and we appreciate everyone’s excitement, enthusiasm, and patience while we put all the pieces in place! This conference will take us all over the city of Buffalo and beyond. Here is how you can join us:

Early Registration - Open NOW!

  • Early SGAA & SAMA Member Registration $ 365.00
  • Early Non-Member Registration $ 395.00
  • Includes featured presentations, access to workshop registration,  the vendor marketplace, networking and award events, art salon, mosaic marathon, sponsor swag bag, and more!

Workshops & Classes - Posted February 17th, Registration Opens Monday, March 6, 2023 (opens at 12pm Eastern). 

On February 17th, we will be posting conference workshop listings on both the SGAA and SAMA websites. Registration opens for workshops, Monday, March 6, 2023 at 12pm EST, giving all attendees a chance to plan.  Workshop availability will be limited and available for SGAA & SAMA Members who are also registering for the conference only through June 30, 2023!  

  • All Workshops are optional and in addition to conference registration.  Some will be held at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel, some will be offsite.
  • Read descriptions carefully once posted!


There will be a juried exhibition!  Adjoined 2023 will be a juried exhibition of original Mosaic Art, Stained Glass and Architectural Art presented by the Stained Glass Association of America and the Society of American Mosaic Artists held in conjunction with our joint conference, in Buffalo, NY. This will be presented in a public space for a period of several weeks and we will celebrate the work and artists during our Buffalo Conference.  The exhibition prospectus and Call for Entry details will be published in early March, 2023, but don’t wait, get to the Studio! Finish your projects and get them photographed in their best light so you are ready! 

Bus Tours & Other Events

  • Pre- and Post-conference bus tours and other add-on conference events will also be posted on February 17th, 2023 for registration. 
  • Registration opens for tours & other events, Monday, March 6, 2023 at 12pm EST and will be limited and available for SGAA & SAMA Members who are also registering for the conference only through June 30, 2023!  

General Registration - March 11- June 30, 2023

  • General Registration - SGAA & SAMA Members $ 415.00
  • General Registration - Non Members $ 465.00

Please review the updated Communicable Disease and Cancellation/Refund Policies for 2023.