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Biography: Kelly Conway

Kelly Conway
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Kelly Conway
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Curator of American Glass

Kelly Conway was appointed curator of American glass at The Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG) in 2013. Her research focuses on the history of American glass from the late 18th century through the early 20th century. Conway is currently working on the museum’s forthcoming exhibition and accompanying publication, Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics, opening May 20, 2017. Previously, she was the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, from 2007 to 2013. There, she curated several special exhibitions and was a key member of the team that established a hot glass studio at the museum in 2011. Conway also led the design and reinstallation of the new glass collection gallery at the Chrysler, and is a contributor to that museum’s forthcoming publication, Glass: Masterworks from the Chrysler Museum of Art.

Conway received a master’s degree in the history of decorative arts at the Smithsonian Institution and Parsons School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts degree in American history from DePauw University. She lectures extensively on the history of glass and is a member of the International Council of Museums as well as the Association of Art Museum Curators, and is on the board of directors of the Glass Art Society.

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