Heather McElwee is the Randi & L. Van V. Dauler, Jr. Executive Director of Pittsburgh Glass Center where she has worked since 2001, overseeing educational programming, exhibitions, fundraising, and strategic direction for the organization. She has curated numerous shows in PGC’s Hodge Gallery including Lifeforms, Pittsburgh Biennial, and Turned On: Lighting Hooks Up with Sculpture. Her own glass artwork is an investigation of the relationship of vessel to architecture, and has been shown in galleries across the country. Heather has a BFA in glass and a Master’s degree in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Heather has been interested in the artists’ role in creative placemaking since she moved to Pittsburgh in 2001. She is currently the vice president of the board of the international Glass Art Society and appeared as a guest judge on Season 2 of Netflix’s popular series Blown Away.