Call for Student and Emerging Professional Papers

Call for Papers

55th Annual Seminar on Glass
The Blaschkas’ Glass Marine Invertebrates: Diving into Context

October 15 and 16, 2016

The 55th Annual Seminar at The Corning Museum of Glass will focus on the work of Leopold Blaschka and his son Rudolf and the exhibition Fragile Legacy: the Glass Invertebrate Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka on view through January 8, 2017. The Corning Museum of Glass invites abstracts for proposed papers from students and emerging professionals on topics related to the 55th Annual Seminar theme. One paper will be selected for presentation at the annual Seminar based on submitted abstracts.

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All current graduate students enrolled in an accredited graduate program are eligible, as well as emerging professionals who have graduated from an accredited graduate program in the last three years.

Paper Topics

From 1863 to 1890, the Blaschkas carefully crafted glass models of marine invertebrates in their Dresden, Germany studio and shipped them to museums and universities around the world. The glass models brought underwater creatures to life for study and display. Cornell University in Ithaca, New York acquired 570 Blaschka models as a teaching collection in 1885. Today scholars continue to learn from these intricate models, and while conservators at The Corning Museum of Glass work to preserve the models for years to come, marine conservationists work to protect and preserve the sea creatures they represent.

Speakers in this year’s Seminar will put the Blaschkas’ legacy into context, exploring the history of collecting specimens and models for display and study, teaching from models and the creation of models for teaching, glass and ocean conservation, photography and a demonstration of the Blaschkas’ lampworking techniques.

Successful papers will address the intersection of art and science as evidenced in the Blaschkas’ work, or the work of Blaschka contemporaries in other fields that help to put the Blaschkas’ work in context.


The Corning Museum of Glass is pleased to provide the selected student with free registration to the 55th Annual Seminar on Glass October 15 and 16, as well as travel and hotel funds and a $500 stipend.

Submission Requirements

Applicants interested in submitting papers to be considered for the 55th Annual Seminar on Glass must send an email indicating their interest to Kris Wetterlund,, Director of Education and Interpretation at The Corning Museum of Glass, no later than June 27, 2016. Abstracts, not to exceed 500 words, are to be submitted electronically by July 15, 2016.

Accepted Paper

Notification to applicants will be on or before August 1, 2016. The selection of an abstract serves as provisional acceptance to present at the 55th Annual Seminar on Glass, contingent upon delivery of a viable paper. The author of the selected paper is encouraged to consult with Museum advisors in the development of their work from abstract to paper. Completed papers are due to The Corning Museum of Glass by October 1, 2016.

The content of the accepted paper should not have been presented elsewhere in an identical form.


Please address all questions to Kris Wetterlund, Director of Education and Interpretation at The Corning Museum of Glass,