In 1969 Tulane became one of the first universities in the country to initiate hot glass into the fine arts curriculum. Since 1976 Gene Koss has headed the glass program at Tulane University and under his guidance the Pace-Willson Glass studio is now a full-scale world class glass facility. The Tulane/Newcomb Glass Art program is dedicated to the use of glass as a medium of artistic expression.
Offering both BA and BFA the Glass department at Tulane University offers undergraduates the unique opportunity to learn about glass as a sculptural material. This exceptional program is not only offered to students who wish to pursue art on a professional level, but to undergraduates from other fields of study as well. Scholars from law, architecture, medicine and more can expand their knowledge of art and glass as a sculptural medium in our program. All while studying at a world renowned university.
It is the goal of the graduate program to enable students to develop his/her work to its highest potential while providing them a solid foundation for teaching and the ability to run their own professional studios. All graduate students are encouraged to experiment with materials and push their ideas while creating a coherent body of work for their thesis exhibition which is given at the end of the two year program. MFA candidates in glass receive a full tuition waiver and stipend to help defer the costs of living expenses and materials and a 150 sq. ft. private studio space.
Recent visiting artists (since 2011) include: Hank Adams, Dan Alley, Giles Bettison, Eoin Breadon, Jon Clark, John De Wit, Doreen Garner, Mick Meilahn, Phil Vinson, Jim Vella, Carlos Zervigon, and Mark Zirpel.