Behind the Glass: Curators and Collecting

January 9, 2014 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Behind the Glass: Curators and Collecting

Did you ever wonder about the people who acquire and care for the works in The Corning Museum of Glass? Hear from our dynamic team of curators as they share information about the Museum’s collection, and talk about their experiences, their favorite objects, and how they think about collecting. This also is a great opportunity to meet our newest curators.

The event will feature:

  • Marvin Bolt, the Museum’s first curator of science and technology
  • Kelly Conway, new curator of American glass
  • Tina Oldknow, since 2000, curator of modern glass
  • Audrey Whitty, new curator of European and Asian glass
  • Karol Wight, since 2011, executive director and curator of ancient and Islamic glass

This lecture is free and open to the public.

This talk is the first in a new series of Behind the Glass lectures, which take place the second Thursday of the month. These events include the Museum’s popular Meet the Artist lectures, as well as talks by curators and other specialists in the fields of glass, art and archaeology.

Members at the Donor level and above are invited to a reception with the curators at 5:15 pm.

RSVP for both events to or 607.438.5600 by January 6.

Not able to attend? This lecture will be recorded and will be available for viewing, in full, on our YouTube channel within 3 days of the event. 


Karol Wight
Executive Director and Curator of Ancient and Islamic Glass
Karol Wight became executive director of The Corning Museum of Glass in 2011, after 26 years at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Before joining the Corning Museum she was senior curator of antiquities at the Getty Villa. A specialist in ancient glass,...
Marvin Bolt
Curator of Science and Technology
As the first curator of science and technology at The Corning Museum of Glass, Marvin Bolt is responsible for developing and maintaining collections, exhibits, and programming in the Museum's Innovation Center. In this role, Bolt enhances the...
Kelly Conway
Curator of American Glass
A specialist in 19th- and early 20th-century American glass, Kelly Conway joined the Museum as the curator of American glass in 2013. Conway lectures extensively on the history of glass, and serves on the board of directors of the National American...
Tina Oldknow, Curator of Modern Glass
Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass
Tina Oldknow has been the curator of modern glass since 2000 and she is responsible for all curatorial aspects of the glass collections dating from 1900 to the present. During her time at the Museum, she has reinstalled the Modern Glass and...
Audrey Whitty
Curator of European and Asian Glass
Audrey Whitty joined the Museum in 2013 as the curator of European and Asian glass. She is responsible for managing the Museum’s extensive European glass collection, and additionally, the Museum’s Asian glass collection. Prior to joining the Museum...