The Corning Museum of Glass honors as members of the Ennion Society those individuals who make annual gifts of $1,200 or more toward enhancing the world's most comprehensive collection of glass objects and glass-related resources at The Corning Museum of Glass. Members of the Ennion Society play a critical role in ensuring the Museum's stature as the international leader in the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge about the art, history, science, and technology of glass and glassmaking.
The name of this select society of philanthropists honors Ennion, a glass artist in the Roman Empire in the mid-first century A.D. Ennion was the first glassmaker to sign his name on glass objects that have survived until modern times. Glasses bearing his name are among the earliest datable mold-blown vessels in the world. The transparent blue cup with two narrow strap handles pictured here contains two inscriptions in Greek: “Ennion made [it]” and “May the buyer be remembered.” Together, they can be regarded as an acknowledgment of the glassblower as artist, as well as a tribute to the purchaser as arts patron. Ennion is thought to have owned or frequented a glass workshop in northern Italy, but little else is known about him. The Corning Museum of Glass owns two objects signed by Ennion, including this blue cup.
Since 1951, The Corning Museum of Glass has been the pre-eminent museum in the world dedicated to engaging, educating, and inspiring visitors and the world community through the art, history, and science of glass; teaching glassmaking techniques; and maintaining the library of record on the art and history of glass.
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Travel with the Museum's Ennion Society to Prague
Glass in Prague and The Surrounding Areas Trip
Join the Ennion Society on a trip to Prague, Czech Republic, May 22 – 30, 2013. Rich in glass, history, and art, Prague and the surrounding areas offer a variety of unique experiences related to glassworking. On this trip, we will explore glass as an artistic medium and its relationship to art and architecture in the context of Czech culture. Our goal is to afford you a rich and unique experience, convivial company, and the finest of Prague’s food. We will spend most of our time in Prague, however we will take two day trips to visit other glassmaking centers. We will meet with glass artists and visit private studios. In Prague, we will have luxury accommodations, visit the spectacular city, and have experiences that are not available to the general public. For more information, please contact Amy Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607.438.5334.
$1,200 to $2,499
In appreciation for annual support in the $1,200 to $2,499 range, the Museum extends a variety of privileges:
- free Museum admission and complimentary Museum admission for accompanied guests each time you visit
- discounts or free admission at other cultural institutions participating in the North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) program
- subscription to the Members' magazine, The %%Gather%%
- complimentary copy of New Glass Review and Notable Acquisitions
- 15% discount off regularly priced items at the GlassMarket, at the Museum's restaurants, and on registration for the Annual Seminar on Glass
- express ticket line to buy food and beverage at each 2300° event and members-only bar at 2300°
- invitations to major exhibition previews
- members-only exhibition tours with curators
- invitations to private events with contemporary artists who work with glass and visits to artists’ studios and private or museum collections of glass objects
- invitation to the annual Ennion Society dinner at the Museum
- invitations to participate in domestic glass-focused trips and international tours of institutions and sites important to the art and history of glass
- invitations to private Conversations on Glass
- prominent listing in the Annual Report, on the Museum’s website and in The %%Gather%%
$474 is not tax deductible, or choose to waive membership benefits for a fully tax deductible donation.
$2,500 to $4,999
The Collectors Circle offers opportunities to join collectors and others interested in glass of a certain period or provenance in learning more about glass objects and glass collecting. The Collectors Circle offers all of the privileges of basic membership in the Ennion Society, as well as:
- the opportunity to select, by annual ballot, an object that will be acquired with Ennion Society funds; the choices are pre-selected by the Museum's curators
- Collectors Circle members may choose membership in one of the following Circles:
- Ancient & Islamic Glass
- European Glass through the 18th Century
- American Glass through the 19th Century
- Modern Glass
- invitations to twice-a-year gatherings with the Executive Director and President of the Museum, Board members, and glass experts
$5,000 to $9,999
All the privileges of the Collectors Circle level, plus an invitation to join any two Collectors Circles.
$10,000 to $24,999
All of the privileges of the Sustainers Circle level, plus the opportunity to consult with a curator about an object that the donor owns or is considering purchasing. Note: the curator will not be able to assess value but can advise on authenticity, provenance, and condition.
$25,000 and above
All of the privileges of the Curators Circle level, plus listing on the Museum's website as a Directors Circle member.