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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

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
This two-handled bowl and wineglass are associated with the glasshouses set up by George Villiers (1628–1687), second duke of Buckingham. Both objects are products of English glassmaking endeavors of the late 17th century and reflect the stylistic influence of 17th-century Venetian glass. Two-... more