On the Shoulders of Giants: Innovation in Stained Glass

September 15, 2023 - January 14, 2024


This exhibit is free to view every Third Friday of the month, thanks to the generosity of M&T Bank.


Buffalo is a living museum of the works created by the most notable studios forging the American Stained Glass Industry. This anniversary exhibit pays homage to skills honed over generations that have facilitated innovation in the past and present-day Buffalo. Just as LaFarge and Tiffany pushed the boundaries of the medium in the 1880s, today's community continues to move forward, fostering innovation and creativity.

Glass is having a huge moment in Buffalo right now! This exhibition will create an absolute trifecta of exhibits - tying together our own unique history and legacy with our future architectural endeavors. Between the new Gundlach building at Buffalo AKG Art Museum and multiple new glass-related commissions being unveiled there this summer, “Brilliance: The Stanford Lipsey Art Glass Collection” at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and this curated show - “On the Shoulders of Giants” - at the Buffalo History Museum, we have the opportunity to present Buffalo with an all new look at how glass is a part of our own built environment, building momentum for the art in our future.

The Buffalo community is invested in glass both as a material and as a resource for community renewal - supporting the Association as it builds it's new headquarters here in Buffalo, NY and supporting our mission to foster new architectural voices in glass art. This unique, curated exhibition which will hang for 4 months next to the new Buffalo AKG Museum and across the street from the new glass collection at the Burchfield Penney Museum. 

Participating artists include:

Indre Bileris
Quentin Blackman
Shay Bredimus
Amir H. Fallah
James Jean
El Mac
Narcissus Quagliata
Judith Schaechter
Dani Tull


Silent Sounds, Memento Mori, Silent Traveler, and The Artifacts Left Behind by Amir Fallah, c. 2022; photo courtesy of Dio Horio Gallery
“Silent Sounds”, “Memento Mori”, “Silent Traveler”, and “The Artifacts Left Behind by Amir Fallah”, c. 2022; photo courtesy of Amir Fallah


Special events happening in conjunction with the exhibition include:

M&T Third Friday Exhibit Opening at The Buffalo History Museum

09/15 @ 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join us on M&T Third Friday for the opening of a new exhibit in conjunction with the
Stained Glass Association of America: “On the Shoulders of Giants: Innovation in
American Stained Glass.”

This free exhibit opening is made possible through the generosity of M&T Bank.


SGAA 120th Anniversary & 112th Conference Wrap Celebration & Awards Reception

10/1 @ 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tickets are available to join us at the closing event of our 112th annual trade conference, at our annual Awards Reception and 120th Anniversary Celebration.

Click here to be redirected to our conference ticket page on eventbrite. Scroll down to "AWARDS RECEPTION & CLOSING PARTY @ TBHM" to get your tickets if you'd like to join our community for this special event. 



This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of:

Sponsor block