About Nancy Gong

About Nancy Gong

Contemporary Glass Artist


About Nancy

Nancy Gong is an accomplished US glass artist, with world-wide recognition in contemporary architectural glass art.

Her focus is on large and small commissioned work, including installations, fine art designs, sculptures, donor walls, gifts, and awards since 1979. She is a first-generation, American-born Chinese. Her designs embrace traditional techniques of stained glass craftsmen and stone carvers, combined with new materials, fusing, laminating, and other new and emerging technologies. Nancy has mastered her own style of creating texture and painting. Her glass artwork depicts various levels of contrast using striking color, motion, and spontaneity. As the ever-changing light plays against her integrated design elements, she is able to create unique living, breathing works of art, beckoning the viewer to see and experience something new and fresh with every passing look. Each chosen approach to her designs marry her signature etched textured glass with free-flowing modern designs that echo the spirit, energy, and beauty of living things.

Nancy continues to keep her work fresh, with a unique insight to the use of her materials, new technologies when appropriate, and personalized design research. In response to each individual commission, the scope of her work is wide, yet authentic for the purpose. Her glass art installations can be found in public places, institutions, corporations, and homes around the world! Her sculptures and fine art glass designs are acquired for private collections throughout the world and are often presented as special gifts.

Inspired by Wasily Kandinsky, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, and Phillip Stark to name a few, Nancy Gong is a gifted and recognized artist in the US and abroad. She has been affiliated with the Naples Mills School of Arts and Crafts, the Allofus Art Workshop, Corning Museum of Glass, the prestigious School of American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology, Narcissus Quagliata Design Workshop, Norm Dobbins Stained Glass Workshops, the famed Orsoni Smalti Veneziani, Italy, Glass Art Society, the American Glass Guild and has studied and continues to study with numerous contemporary masters.

For her achievements in the world of glass art, Nancy Gong has been recognized by Glass Art Magazine, PBS – WXXI Arts in Focus, Who’s Who in Contemporary Glass Art, The World’s Who’s Who of Women, and 2,000 Notable American Women. She and her works have been profiled in over 20 professional publications, including Interiors & Sources, China Daily News, The Design Journal of Korea, Stained Glass Magazine, Professional Stained Glass Magazine, Builder/Architect Magazine, AmericanStyle Magazine, Beautiful Glass Magazine, Glass Now, ARTform, SOFA Chicago, Guild Sourcebook of Architectural & Interior Art and Architects + Artisans.

Since 1979, Nancy has been the owner/principal designer of Gong Glass Works, where her contemporary glass designs come alive. She designs and fabricates commissioned architectural and fine art glass projects for residential, commercial, institutional, and public clients. Her commercial and public clients include The City of Rochester, Akron Civic Theater, ARTWalk of Rochester Inc., Constellation, Corning Tropel, Duke University, Genencor Corp., Eastman Kodak, Oppenheimer Funds, LiDestri Foods, PaeTec Communications, Paychex, Rochester Museum and Science Center, State of Vermont, Time Warner, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester Simon School of Business, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester General Hospital, Virgin Travel/Vacations, Xerox, Telesca Center for Justice and the Elizabeth G. and Jennifer J. Hildebrandt Hospice Center.


Contemporary art leads the viewer to their own conscious or subconscious visceral journeys.


Glass Art echoes the beauty of living things with something different to see with every changing view.


Striking glass colors to remind us of fleeting moments of transition, contrast, & motion.


Artist’s Statement

The energy and spirit of living things has always been at the core of my work. Inspired by the temperament of East Asian cultural aesthetics, lyrical abstractions of nature come to life through the use of line, color, texture, balance, dimension and the silent beauty of glass. By combining traditional stained glass and stone carving techniques with contemporary glass forming processes, it is my intention for the art to bring the human spirit and nature together to create a sense of balance in our hectic everyday lives with the ultimate goal of making a connection between the human spirit and the built environment. The art depicts various elements of transition and contrast, motion, spontaneity and sometimes striking color to remind us of fleeting moments.

As the ever-changing light interacts with the design, I create unique living, breathing works of art capturing the ethereal, fluid and rejuvenating qualities of life through gentle gestures and transitions displaying a range of personalities from two-dimensional glass. These free-flowing modern designs lead the viewer to their own conscious or subconscious visceral journeys echoing the spirit, energy and beauty of living things and special places with something different to see and experience with every changing view.

I am always open to exciting, one of a kind contemporary art glass commissions. Let’s talk.


In Our Community

Nancy Gong Portrait

Nancy remains active in her profession and in her community.

She is a member of the:

  1. Glass Art Society
  2. American Glass Guild (2016/17 Board, 2017 Conference and Program Chair,)
  3. Society of American Mosaic Artists
  4. Corning Museum of Glass,
  5. Memorial Art Gallery,
  6. Honorary AIANYS,
  7. Honorary AIA Rochester,
  8. Stained Glass Association of America
  9. Allied Member Rochester Chapter American Institute of Architects
  10. Former honorary advisor/past board member the Arts and Cultural Council of Rochester
  11. Former trustee of WXXI Public Broadcasting Corp.
  12. Past board member of the Rochester Chinese Association
  13. Guest speaker at the American Glass Guild, American Association of University Women, American Institute of Architects, American Craft Museum/Christi’s, and American Society of Interior Designers.

When she is not making art or attending arts and cultural events, Nancy loves to sail, kayak, hike, hula hoop, attend music concerts, garden, and spend time with her happy but sad looking Basset Hounds. When she can squeeze it in, travel is a bonus.

Professional Accomplishments

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Years of Experience


Years Sailing



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