An Association of Fine Art Photographers

The Ground Glass was founded in 1975 by Renata Rainer and other serious photographers. It is an independent association dedicated to promoting the practice and appreciation of fine photography in Westchester County, New York, and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Ground Glass's membership consists of professionals and accomplished amateurs working in a variety of photographic formats. As a group and as individual artists, our members have shown their work in many major exhibition facilities. We hold at least one juried group exhibition each year for our members, including our annual show in November at the Rye Arts Center Gallery.

In addition to the Rye Arts Center, The Ground Glass is a member of ArtsWestchester and the Hudson Valley Photography Network.

Members of The Ground Glass explore and discuss of all aspects of photography. Monthly meetings often feature guest speakers, including well-known photographers and educators Gareth Smit, Sid Kaplan, Richard Sandler, Jehsong Baak, Wendy Paton, Steve Rifkin, Sandra Carrion, Lois Youmans, Robert Gurbo, Chris Nicholson, Gabe Bidderman, Jill Freedman, Dan Burkholder and Fred Conrad. A key element of our meetings is the showing and critiquing of our own work. We hold these member presentations and critiques several times a year.

To join The Ground Glass, we suggest you first come to one of our meetings at The Rye Arts Center. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month between September and May. There is no charge to come to a meeting and nonmembers are always welcome to attend. Annual membership for The Ground Glass, which includes the opportunity to participate in our group shows, is $150. This fee also includes an Artist Level membership at The Rye Arts Center (a $60 value). The Rye Arts Center can be reached at or 914-767-0700.