Diane Eissinger of Sumpter Township poses for a picture with Jerome Durr, president of the Stained Glass Association of America, next to her winning entry, “Let There Be…”
At the recent conference of the Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) in Syracuse, NY, Sumpter Township artist Diane Eissinger was awarded first place for her entry in a stained glass design competition open to all Accredited members of the SGAA.
Her contemporary design, titled “Let There Be…,” based on the prescribed theme “Creation,” was selected by a panel of judges over other entries submitted from artists and studios from across America.
All judging was done blind, i.e. without the judging panel knowing the identity of the designer.
Eissinger, who has worked in stained glass for over 25 years, has completed numerous church, residential, and commercial commissions in the area.
Samples of her work can be seen at Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Paul Lutheran in Belleville, Denton Road United Methodist Church, the Belleville Area District Library, Dos Pesos restaurant, St. John’s Lutheran in Waltz, and many other churches in Southeastern Michigan ranging from Berkley to Ann Arbor and Saline to Monroe and Flat Rock.
This is at least the fourth time that her work has been recognized at the national level.