SAVANNAH — Savannah Technical College will host its inaugural Historic Preservation Visiting Artisan Series featuring H. Thomas Kupper and Dan Beal of the Lincoln Cathedral in Lincolnshire, England.
Kupper and Beal, an internationally-acclaimed stained glass artisan and a stained glass painting expert, respectively, are visiting this week.
“We’re honored to welcome Thomas Kupper and Dan Beal to Savannah and to Savannah Technical College,” Savannah Tech President Dr. Kathy Love said.
“Being able to bring craftsmen of this caliber to the campus to work with our historic preservation students enhances the quality of instruction we offer.”
While visiting, Kupper and Beal will spend four days on campus working with students on a window design project.
The visit also will feature a lecture at 7 p.m. Friday on preservation and restoration of stained glass at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
This event, on the third floor of Crammer Hall, is free, but seating will be limited to the first 100 in attendance.
Kupper and Beal also will lead a Saturday afternoon stained-glass workshop. Participants will learn the basics of stained glass and create a piece of stained glass art to take home.
Proceeds from this workshop will be used to support additional visiting artisan series events.
The visit is being coordinated by Stephen Hartley, department head and instructor of historic preservation.
“Our community is especially supportive of preservation activities and I’m certain that this visit will be very well received,” Hartley said.
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.
For information about Historic Preservation at Savannah Technical College, email Hartley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 912-443-5864.