Bay Area Glass Institute (San Jose, CA)


  • Name:Joan Phillips
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bay Area Glass Institute
  • Address:401 East Taylor Street
    Suite #115
    San Jose, CA 94536
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:408-993-2244

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  • Mission:
  • The Bay Area Glass Institute's (BAGI) mission is to make the celebration of glass art accessible to all and to provide continued artistic and educational growth to artists, patrons, and the community. BAGI was founded in 1996 and is the only non-profit, publicly accessible glass blowing, fusing, and flameworking studio in Santa Clara County.

  • History:
  • The Bay Area Glass Institute, affectionately known as BAGI, was founded by four San Jose State University (SJSU) students in 1996: Mike Binnard, Bobby Bowes, Mariko Takada, and Jonathan Tepperman.

    No longer students at SJSU, the founders of BAGI needed a hot-shop to work in. The first BAGI hot-shop was located in Bobby Bowes' backyard/garage. It was the founders' collective idea to create a glassblowing studio that they could rent out as well as to serve as a gathering place for fellow glass artists.

    They soon realized that they needed to expand their efforts of having a fully operational glass blowing facility that the public would benefit from as well. With this realization came the creation of the now popular Great Glass Pumpkin Patch. The first Great Glass Pumpkin Patch(R) was held at the Palo Alto Art Center (PAAC) where a group of glass artists sold their hand-crafted glass pumpkins. While the event generated income for the studio... it more importantly generated public interest in art glass and BAGI's role as a leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit Bay Area Glass Art Education facility.

    All these years later, BAGI, the Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation are still the original Great Glass Pumpkin Patch's organizers. This event is a well-loved Bay Area favorite, and a tradition, for many. It takes place in the fall with a week-long exhibition and weekend glass sale where thousands of patrons buy beautiful glass pumpkins.

    Why create an glass art institute? In addition to being an affordable work space for local glass blowers, fusers and torch workers, it's also a public education facility. The goal is to provide a way for the public to become familiar with fine art glass and the processes used to make it. In addition, BAGI supports established local artists as well as beginning level students in their efforts to further their glass working careers and/or journeys.

  • Year established:1996
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:8
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:1

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Steven Aldrich
    Donald Levy
    Linda Goldstein
    Leonard Speiser
    Robert Knopf
    Kahleen Elliot
    Kathleen Campana

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Joan Phillips


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:77-0444349

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:770444349
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:BAGI
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:401 E TAYLOR ST STE 115
  • Organization City:SAN JOSE
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:95112-3178
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1997
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):995, 091
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code, Art exhibit
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:A40
  • Asset Amount:$832,751
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$857,654
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$857,654
  • Last Updated:3/17/2018 1:23:14 pm

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