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Joint Chapters of the American Cut Glass Association Meet at Ferrum College


On Saturday, April 6, 2013, the Joint Chapters of the American Cut Glass Association (ACGA) met at Ferrum College. After the meeting, a reception in the Blue Ridge Mountain Room in Franklin Hall was held honoring College Professor of Mathematics, Anthony “Tony” Giesen, who donated his extraordinary collection of American Brilliant Cut Glass to the College. Many of these exquisite hand cut works are on exhibit at the College in the Anthony Giesen Gallery of American Brilliant Cut Glass in Franklin Hall.

Giesen’s collection, amassed over a 50-year period, includes a number of select rarities and represents examples of the world-renowned artistry of the “American Brilliant” period, circa 1876-1916. Many of the nearly 300-pieces in the collection are complete with the maker’s signature, adding to the overall value. Representative pieces of the total collection will be rotated for this continually changing, but permanent exhibit. Among higher education institutions, Ferrum College is the only school to have a similar collection on display. 

Giesen has taught for over 40 years at Ferrum College and is the College’s longest serving faculty member. He decided to donate the collection to the College as a way to “give back.”

See photos of the reception here.

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