YAYA regularly hosts glass making demonstrations at the YAYA Arts Center. Keep an eye out for upcoming demos by following us on Facebook, or by signing up for our newsletter. Help support our free, community arts programming by participating in our Goblet Grab! Take home a custom glass or ceramic cup made in house for starting at $25 and enjoy FREE drinks for the night! (Sponsored by NOLA Brewing)

This event is FREE and open to all ages. Must be 21+ to drink.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2017 | 6-8PM


Join us Friday, March 2, for a glass demo featuring world renowned glass sculptor and founder of Tulane University's glass program, Gene Koss, as he takes over the Arts Center for a hot casting extravaganza! 

Gene Koss uses glass as a medium of pure sculptural expression resulting in monumental sculptures of cast glass, steel and light. He developed innovative techniques to transform his memories of the mechanized Wisconsin farm of his youth into foundry-based glass sculptures. He combines glass and steel found objects to create small-scale sculptures that often also serve as studies for his larger-scale works.

Gene Koss received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls in 1974. He then earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in Philadelphia. In 1976, he moved to New Orleans to develop a new glass facility and program for Tulane University, and subsequently became head of the department. He is the recipient of several awards including the National Endowment for the Arts, The New Orleans Community Arts Board and Pace-Willson Art Foundation grants. His work has been exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans; the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana; the Sculpture Center in New York City; as well as the International Biennale for Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy. His work is in many prominent collections including the Pan American Life Collection in New Orleans and the Corning Museum of Glass in New York.

Also at the Arts Center: works for sale by our young artists and Orenda, an exhibition of YAYA Alumni Artwork as a P.S. Satellite of Prospect New Orleans, featuring work by Jourdan Barnes, Gerard Caliste, and Level Artist Collective. 


Photos courtesy of Vincent Simmons Photography.

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Photo courtesy of Arthur Roger Gallery