Mary Cheek Mills directs the educational programs of The Corning Museum of Glass, developing and implementing curriculum-based tours for school groups, overseeing the Museum’s Docent program and Annual Seminar on Glass, and creating interpretive gallery materials. She also lectures extensively on glass and teaches European and American glass for graduate programs in decorative arts at Sotheby’s Arts Institute in New York City, and the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, DE.
Mills holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a master’s degree in applied history from Appalachian State University, and a master’s from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. She has also studied decorative arts through the Attingham Study of Country Houses in England and the Victorian Society Summer School in London.
The Corning Museum of Glass published Mills’ research in early nineteenth-century Philadelphia glass in the 1997Journal of Glass Studies and awarded her in 1998 with the Richards Award, a grant for research in American glass history. Mills is Chairman of the Nominating Committee of the National American Glass Club and is a Trustee for The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass.