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Biography: Karol Wight

Karol Wight
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Karol Wight
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President and Executive Director

Karol Wight became executive director and curator of ancient and Islamic glass at The Corning Museum of Glass in August 2011. In January of 2015, she was promoted to the position of President and Executive Director of the Museum and is now responsible for oversight of all Museum activities.

A specialist in ancient glass, she has curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions on ancient art and glass, including Ennion and his Legacy: Mold-Blown Glass from Ancient Rome (Corning Museum of Glass, 2015), Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead (Corning Museum of Glass, 2013), and Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity (J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, ongoing). She co-curated the exhibition Reflecting Antiquity with former museum executive director Dr. David Whitehouse, which was shown both at the Getty Villa and The Corning Museum of Glass in 2008-2009.

Wight received her doctorate in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles, and was senior curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum before coming to Corning.

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Karol Wight, president and executive director, The Corning Museum of Glass Dr. Karol Wight, president and executive director of The Corning Museum of Glass, has been appointed to a U.S. State Department advisory post on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee. Former President Obama confirmed the... more
What’s the oldest piece of glass in your collection? How did you become a curator? How does glass get its color? Ask us anything! The Corning Museum of Glass is joining more than 1,000 museums around the world for #AskACurator Day on Twitter on Wednesday, September 14. Ask the curators questions... more
This post comes from Dr. Karol B. Wight, President and Executive Director of The Corning Museum of Glass. Ennion and His Legacy: Mold-Blown Glass from Ancient Rome, the largest exhibition to date devoted to ancient mold-blown glass, is on view until January 4, 2016. Read more about Ennion in Dr.... more