Inaugurated in 1986 by The Corning Museum of Glass, the Rakow Commission supports the development of new works of art in glass.
This program, which provides $25,000 each year, is made possible through the generosity of the late Dr. and Mrs. Leonard S. Rakow, who were Museum Fellows, friends, and benefactors of the Museum. Each commissioned work is added to the Museum's collection and is displayed publicly for the first time during the annual Seminar.
The Rakow Commission encourages artists working in glass to venture into new areas that they might otherwise be unable to explore because of financial limitations. Over the years, recipients have ranged from emerging to established artists. Presently, the commission is awarded to professional artists whose work is not yet represented in the Museum's collection. Artists are nominated by the curator of modern glass, and one is selected by a Museum curatorial staff committee. Any artist from any country working in glass is eligible, but there is no formal application procedure.