Get Your Questions Ready for Ask A Curator Day

Ask a Curator DayHave a question for one of our curators? Here’s your chance to ask! The Corning Museum of Glass is joining more than 500 museums around the world for Ask a Curator Day on Twitter on Wednesday, September 18.

The curatorial team will be answering questions all day long.  Just tweet your question to @corningmuseum using the hashtag #AskACurator.

We look forward to hearing from you! Here is who will be answering your questions.

Karol Wight, Executive Director and Curator of Ancient and Islamic Glass
Karol became executive director of The Corning Museum of Glass in 2011, after 26 years at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She is a specialist in ancient glass and has curated numerous exhibitions including co-curating the current exhibition Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead.

Tina Oldknow, Curator of Modern Glass
Tina has been the curator of modern glass since 2000 and is responsible for all curatorial aspects of the glass collections dating from 1900 to the present. During her time at the Museum, she has curated many exhibitions, including Founders of American Studio Glass: Harvey K. Littleton, Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Marquis, and Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab.

Audrey Whitty, Curator of European Glass
Audrey joined the Museum in May as the curator of European glass. She is responsible for managing the Museum’s extensive European glass collection, and additionally, the Museum’s Asian glass collection. She lectures and publishes widely on Asian and historical and contemporary European art and craft.

Kelly Conway, Curator of American Glass
Kelly joined the Museum in September. A specialist in nineteenth and early twentieth century American glass, she is responsible for managing the Museum’s renowned American collection. Kelly lectures extensively on the history of glass, and serves on the board of directors of the National American Glass Club.

Kelley Elliott, Curatorial Assistant of Modern Glass
Kelley joined the Museum in 2012. She assists with acquisitions, exhibitions, cataloging and research of the Museum’s modern glass collection. Kelley is curating René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass (opening May 2014), which focuses on the French Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass of René Lalique.

Alexandra Ruggiero, Luce Curatorial Assistant
Currently the Luce Curatorial Assistant in American Glass, Alexandra will be transitioning to the position of Curatorial Assistant for American, European, Ancient and Islamic Glass at the end of this month. In this new role, Alexandra will assist in the preparation of exhibitions, cataloging objects in the collection, and compiling reference materials and research.

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  1. Dear Amanda Kiesl
    I have a MA in Fine Art , I have been studying English at Northampton College and University since 2006. Currently I am English Citizen.
    Currently, Northampton is my English town.
    I would like to be a curator. Would you like to tell me where ? Please.

    Thansk you very much for your reply

    1 Percy Road
    NN1 4LS

    • Hi Natalia,

      Kelly Conway suggests that a good place to begin is to apply for internships or fellowships at a museum.

      Audrey Whitty says that a good primary degree in a humanities subject area, followed by a masters in a discipline such as art history, archaeology, museology or material culture studies is an excellent way to start, in addition to practical experience obtained via an internship or volunteer program.

      Kelley Elliot says to definitely volunteer and do as many internships as you can in a museum. Write articles and blog posts that you have researched about collection items. Give tours and talks about collections to the public. And network, network, network! Meet and become acquainted to as many people you can in the field you want to go into.

      Karol Wight adds that if your area of interest turns out to be archaeological, then obtaining a degree in art history or archaeology is a good idea. Curators who work in the ancient Mediterranean world all have that type of background.

      Amanda Kiesl

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