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Biography: Alexandra Ruggiero

Alexandra Ruggiero
Alexandra Ruggiero
Assistant Curator

Alexandra Ruggiero joined the Museum in 2012. She assists with acquisitions, exhibitions, cataloging and research of the Museum’s glass collections, with a focus on the American, modern, and contemporary collections. Ruggiero co-curated the 2016 special exhibition, Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, with Dr. Marvin Bolt, curator of science and technology.

Ruggiero received a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s in the History of Decorative Arts through the Corcoran College of Art + Design and Smithsonian Associates in Washington, D.C. Her graduate research focused on 20th-century German glass and furniture.

Before arriving at The Corning Museum of Glass, Ruggiero served as a curatorial research assistant at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and as a decorative arts research specialist intern at the Library of Congress. More recently, Ruggiero served as the Luce curatorial assistant in American glass, the result of a one-year grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to catalog the Museum's American glass collection (2012-2013).

Blog Posts by this Author

In the Rakow Research Library’s collection is a small catalog titled, For the Bride: Modern American Glassware (1945), which includes targeted advertisement of the Modern American glassware for the American bride. This series would become the last handmade glass produced by the Libbey Glass Company... more
From the moment the Museum opened the Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka exhibition this May, Museum staff have been busy providing tours of the gallery to visitors, guests, and reporters. There’s a never ending supply of questions to answer when... more
As a curator, I get really excited about forms, art, and stories from the past. For the past two-and-a-half years, I’ve been researching and working on co-curating our current exhibition, Fragile Legacy: the Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. And for the past two-and-a... more