Your daily line-up of Social events.

Over the 2 days, opening guests will be able to relax, network and enjoy some scheduled social events. More information below.

Location Hotel RIU Plaza, NYC Times Square

Hotel RIU Plaza New York Times Square is located in the heart of this great city and is surrounded by emblematic sites such as Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, Carnegie Hall and the luxury stores on Fifth Avenue.

Directions Hotel RIU Plaza

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Reception & Red Carpet Photos

The day before official proceedings start, IYOG attendees with get the chance to network and enjoy the start of festivities at the welcome reception and Red Carpet Event taking place at the Hotel RIU Plaza, New York Times Square.

WEDNESDAY, December 14, 1:15 PM Buffet Lunch

Event guests will wine and dine at the buffet lunch taking place at the Hotel RIU Plaza. This is a perfect opportunity to meet fellow attendees, network and celebrate what has been a historic Year of Glass.

WEDNESDAY, December 14, 3:30 PM Networking opportunity

To close off the year, we will be hosting a networking event at the Hotel RIU Plaza where all guests will get the fantastic chance to reflect on the past year, make new friends and continue the momentum that IYOG2022 has garnered, into the future.

Featured Exhibition at The United Nations in New York by artist Natalie Tyler WILDFIRE

WildFire is a sculpture that represents an effect of Climate Change on the environment.  It depicts a burning tree that is engulfed in flames. The flames, cast in glass, light up as the sun passes through and the sculpture illuminates to look like it is on fire. WildFire is an art piece that embodies change and inspires a collective consciousness to move in the direction of a healthy planet. The sculpture will exhibit at the United Nations during the International Year of Glass 2022 Closing Ceremony.

During this International Year of Glass, conferences, collaborations and exhibitions have happened across the globe to exchange information and ideas about the benefits and future of glass. The effects of climate change are upon us and glass as a sustainable and recyclable material offers solutions that are at the forefront of science, engineering, art and innovation.

Natalie Tyler, is an artist, who specializes in kiln cast glass. She is currently working on public artworks about Climate Change and the effects on the environment. Her sculptures have exhibited across the United States and Europe. She has been an United States Embassy sponsored artist, twice, once in Dublin, Ireland and again in Tallinn, Estonia exhibiting at the Estonia Museum of Applied Art and Design. Tyler’s sculpture, Eagle’s Nest was in the Innovators in Contemporary Glass exhibition at The Sandwich Glass Museum in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  She was the 2022 Artist in Residence at Chesterwood, sculptor Daniel Chester French’s historic landmark estate and sculpture studio in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She has received grants and awards from Mass MOCA, Mass Cultural Council, Art Students League of New York, Berkshire Taconic Foundation, and Cornell University.  She received her Master’s in Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and studied in Bologna, Italy. She is originally from Encinitas, California and now lives and works in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.

WildFire, Glass, Bronze, Wood, 2021
243cm x 40cm x 40cm (96inx 16in x16in)

A Special Thank You to:

Permanent Mission of Spain at United Nations
International Year of Glass 2022 Steering Committee
Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass
Harold Grinspoon Foundation
O-I Glass Foundation