The Corning Museum of Glass has so many opportunities for artists that it can be hard to keep track of everything that is happening here. For instance, did you know that The Museum offers five distinct types of residencies for artists?
Why five different types? Because artist needs vary greatly. If you’re an artist looking for a space to create innovative ideas or research historical glass, test different material approaches or discover more about the science of glass, The Corning Museum of Glass and The Studio have a residency that will fit for you.
About her recent month-long residency, Wendy Yothers said, “The magic combination that fosters it best includes passion, problem solving (technical and esthetic), a safe, productive work environment, and time. At The Studio, you have aligned the planets so this magic can happen every session, spontaneously and predictably.”
Are you a professional working artist who would like to be a resident artist? Below is a small bit about each residency.
Artist-in-Residence at The Studio
Since 1997, The Studio has offered month-long residencies to world-renown artists practicing in glass. In 20-plus years, we have had more than 100 studio residents come through our doors. The Studio accepts, on average, 10 applicants a year for this program.
Biennial Joint Residency with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center
In tandem with our studio residency, we offer a biennial partnership with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. This partnership residency supports artists working in a variety of mediums. Artists spend one month at The Studio in Corning, and two to six months in Kohler Co.’s foundry (casting iron or brass) or pottery studio (slip casting clay) in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Glassworking experience is required, but foundry and ceramic experience is not.
New this year! This short residency is for studio artists to utilize the amazing Rakow Research Library. While here, the artist-in-residence is expected to do research that pertains to his or her work in glass. The Studio will facilitate scheduled meetings with our librarians, curatorial staff, and other experts. This year’s research topics include an investigation into figurative imagery from both historic and contemporary glass, an exploration into the history and use of colorless glass, the use and history of silver in glassmaking, and research in view lenses, gravity molds, and other scientific models, texts, and drawings held by the Museum.
Specialty Glass Residency
Started in 2015, this residency is in partnership with Corning Incorporated and is by invitation only. Corning Incorporated is on the forefront of research and innovation in glass technology.
While on campus, Specialty Glass Residents are exposed to many different specialty glasses and processes and work closely with Corning’s Sullivan Park scientists, the Museum’s glassmakers, research scientist, curators, and other staff experts. While on campus, they have access to the Museum’s extensive resources, including its glassmaking facilities and collection. This year’s Specialty Glass resident is Karen LaMonte.
The Instructor Collaborative Residency
This two-week long residency is open to all summer and winter intensive class instructors who have taught at The Studio over the last five years. The purpose of this residency is to offer our instructing artists the opportunity to collaborate with one or two other artists who may or may not have taught here. The goal is to give them the chance to collaborate with other artists without distraction.
That’s a little bit about the multitude of options for artists at The Corning Museum of Glass. Find out more about our residencies and other programming.