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Nancy Gong
"Autumn Aalt"

"Elys 2"
Nancy Gong Artist Profile

Over the last 23 years, glass artist Nancy Gong has developed a rich personal style and impressive command of her medium. Her designs are free-flowing and organic utilizing soft abstract images inspired by nature, architectural detail, Feng Shui - the spirit and energy of living things and the Orient. These designs are intentionally intriguing at first glance but upon closer examination, the viewer will begin to feel and appreciate the lush detail and finely crafted skill used to achieve them.

Combining the traditional techniques of stained glass craftsmen and stone carvers with her own style of hand painting, her works depict various levels of transition and contrast; color and texture; motion and spontaneity in spite of a flat, static medium. As the ever-changing light plays against the design elements, Gong is able to create unique, living works of art with a range of personalities, constantly beckoning the viewer to see something new and fresh with every passing look.

Today, Nancy Gong has gained a reputation as one of the foremost glass artists in the world. She is listed in Who's Who in Contemporary Glass Art, The World's Who's Who of Women and 2,000 Notable American Women. She has been profiled in more than 20 different magazines and professional journals including Interiors & Sources, the China Daily News, The Design Journal of Korea, and Professional Stained Glass Magazine. Her leaded glass art creation "Lyrical Illusions" will be featured as a case study in the book Glass House to be published in March 2002.

Although Gong is one of those gifted self-taught artists, her training also comes from affiliations with the Naples Mills School of Arts and Crafts, the Allofus Art Workshop, the School for American Craftsmen at RIT, Narcissus Quagliata Design Workshop, Glass Art Society , Norm Dobbins of Professional Stained Glass Workshops.

Since 1979, she has been the owner/principal designer of Gong Glass Works where she designs and fabricates commissioned leaded, etched, carved and painted glass art projects for commercial and residential environments. Her corporate and institutional clients include New York State Appellate Court House, Constellation, Eastman Kodak, Xerox, Deloitte & Touche, Genencor Corp., Oak Hill Country Club, OppenheimerFunds, Paetec, Paychex, The Lodge at Woodcliff, Time Warner, Corning Tropel Corp. and Virgin Travel, The University of Rochester, Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, Duke University's Fugua School of Business, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester General Hospital, Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Institute for the Deaf, ABVI (Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired) Goodwill and the Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Genesee Region Home Care Association and Artemis Health.

In addition to being the founder of Gong Glass Works, Nancy is a member of the Glass Art Society, Corning Museum of Glass, Memorial Art Gallery, an Honorary Advisor to the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester, a former Trustee for WXXI Public Broadcasting Station, and past board member of the Rochester Chinese Association and the Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester.

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