A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. How does that translate into glass? With or without the face and the expression, the artistic impression of what one sees in the mirror looking back, as a personal portrait whose story unfolds in the molten glass. That which depicts the deepest part of one’s own personality in how it is shaped, its color, the extent of its embellishment. In a single bead, the ‘face and expression’ of the artist as if to say "This is who I am. This is what I want you to see in me." pOrtrait is a personal artistic journey of the artist’s self. The artist’s self-portrait in glass. This exhibition will open in conjunction with the Gathering in Houston, Texas.


-Create a bead that expresses yourself as a self portrait.

-Submit a high resolution (300 dpi or greater) jpeg.

-There is a $20 application fee, and a $20 fee upon acceptance*

ISGB strives to keep our commitment to maximize exposure for our member artists. Due to a rise in shipping fees and our desire to not sacrifice exhibition travel, we are forced to offset these costs with an additional Acceptance fee. We think you will find the value received in participating in ISGB exhibits to be very much worth participation fees.

All artists accepted into the exhibit will receive:

-Up to 2 dozen exhibit art cards upon request.

-Exhibition of their work in at least 2 locations in addition to Houston (3 locations total).

-A professional photo of their work upon request.


-Deadline is May 9.

-Notifications will be made by May 30.

-Accepted pieces must be received by June 27.

To Submit:



• Pay entry fee.

Number of Entries

• Complete online application form here.

• Email image to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please put “pOrtrait Submission” in the email subject line.


By Mail

• Check or money order payable to ISGB.

• CD with images.

• Completed application (download as a PDF or Word doc)


Mail to:

85 E Gay St. Suite 707
Columbus, OH, 43215

Questions? Contact Sarah Riggle at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 614-222-2243.