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STC to hold visiting artisan series

POSTED: September 19, 2011 6:27 p.m.

SAVANNAH—Savannah Technical College proudly announces the Historic Preservation Visiting Artisan Series featuring H. Thomas Kupper of the world-renowned Lincoln Cathedral in Lincolnshire, England. Kupper an internationally-acclaimed stained glass artisan, will be visiting the first week of October.

“We’re honored to welcome Thomas Kupper to Savannah and to Savannah Technical College,” said College President Dr. Kathy Love. “Being able to bring someone of his caliber to the campus to work with our Historic Preservation students enhances the quality of instruction we offer.”  While visiting, Kupper will spend four days on campus working with students on a window design project.

The visit will also feature events that are open to the public, including a lecture on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. on preservation and restoration of stained glass to be held at the St. John’s Episcopal Church, Crammer Hall third floor.  This event is free and seating will be limited to the first 100 in attendance.

Kupper will lead a Saturday afternoon workshop Oct. 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Stained Glass Essentials to be held at the Savannah Tech campus, 5717 White Bluff Rd., in the Historic Preservation lab, Room 109 of the Industrial Technology Center. At the workshop, participants will learn the basics of stained glass and create a piece of stained glass art to take home. The price of the workshop is $30; seating is limited to 25 people. Proceeds from this workshop will be used to support additional Visiting Artisan Series events. To reserve your space in the workshop, email ktaylor@savannahtech.edu or call (912) 443-3019.

Kupper’s visit is being coordinated by Stephen Hartley, department head and instructor of Historic Preservation.

The Visiting Artisan Series is the first effort of its kind at any of Georgia’s Technical Colleges. Savannah Tech has the only hands-on preservation program in the state and has about 50 students currently enrolled. The program has gained international recognition and has contributed to a number of community-based preservation projects in the surrounding communities.

The program is the cornerstone of new instructional programs in Green Building Technology which began earlier this year and focuses on a comprehensive view of systems and efficiencies in construction.

For information about Historic Preservation at Savannah Technical College, contact Stephen Hartley, shartley@savannahtech.edu or (912) 443-5864.

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