Uta M. Koltz (DE) is editor-in-chief in German art magazine Neues Glas – New Glass : art & architecture. Bilingual, German – English magazine comes out four times a year and introduces people in portraits or interviews. Most of the time people, who collect art, organize sell exhibitions or exhibit themselves. But also artists who use glass as a material. Magazine presents extraordinary artistic work with glass, sculptural works, in-depth portraits of artists and projects in the area of architecture. It also provides information about current exhibitions and actions, an overview of opportunities for professional training and development, information about auctions, competitions or recently published books.
Prof. Jiří Harcuba (CZ) was until 1994 rector at Academy of Arts Architecture & Design in Prague, and was focused on the academic activities and lectures especially in USA for next thirty years. His works are placed in most of important museum institutions, for example Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Corning Museum of Glass in USA or in Prague in National gallery, National Museum, Museum of Decorative Arts and many others. In the international community, he is known as the unrivalled creator of portraits graved into the glass – intaglios. His is also known by creating medals and coins, which are still used in the Czech currency.
Mgr. Milan Hlaveš, Ph.D. (CZ) is an art historian and curator. He is a head of collections of glass, ceramics and porcelain in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. He worked at the National Technical Museum and at the Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou. He is an author and co-author of more than forty exhibitions, numerous articles in professional journals and member of many committees competition.
Mgr. Oldřich Palata (CZ) is an art historian and curator of the North Bohemian Museum. He studied history of art and aesthetics on the Philosophic Faculty Charles University in Prague. Within his activities in the North Bohemian Museum he is not only head of art historian department but at the same time he works at the departments of textile, glass, ceramics and porcelain. He works as an external lecturer at the Design department at the Textile Faculty of Technical University in Liberec. His has extensive publishing activities.
Ac. soch. Oldřich Plíva (CZ) is distinguished person in glass fine art, who represents special position in the development of glass art. He studied at the Academy of Arts Architecture & Design in Prague in atelier of prof. Stanislav Libenský. He is decided glass creator, whose objects were exhibited in the Czech Republic and abroad. His pieces are present in public as well as in private collections across the European continent and overseas.
Prof. ac. arch. Jindřich Smetana is a highly respected Czech architect and rector at Academy of Arts Architecture & Design in Prague. Besides his academic activities he is focused on scenography and audio visual production, where he works mainly on the design of theatres and experimental drama projects. He took part in the planning and realizations of objects with public, cultural and sport functions and designed urbanistic complexes which develop culture-societal theme, for example Kuwait National Museum under the administration of UNESCO. He received many awards for his architectural works and he was also nominated for Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture.
Doc. PhDr. Jiří Šetlík CSc., is Czech art historian and important person in art-historic activities for which he was awarded many times. He studied the history of art and aesthetics on the Philosophic Faculty Charles University in Prague. He worked as a lecturer and rector at the Academy of Arts Architecture & Design in Prague during 90’s and until 2001 also at the position of lecturer and head of the Department of history of art and architecture at the Faculty of architecture of Technical university in Liberec. His attention is focused on scientific and academic activities and publishing. He was part of the Czech commission for UNESCO, he worked at the Czech Embassy in Washington D.C. and he also worked as professional expert in National Gallery in Prague. His has extensive publishing and bibliographical activities.