Biography: Alexandra Ruggiero

Alexandra Ruggiero
Alexandra Ruggiero
Former Curator of Modern Glass

Alexandra (Xan) Ruggiero worked at The Corning Museum of Glass from 2012 through 2022. She was responsible for acquisitions, exhibitions, cataloging, and research of the Museum’s glass collections from 1825–1945. Ruggiero recently published a new volume for the Museum: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass, Modern Austrian Glass.  She curated the 2018 special exhibition, Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900–1937, a cooperation of the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO, and co-curated the 2016 special exhibition, Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, with Dr. Marvin Bolt, curator of science and technology. 

Ruggiero earned a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s in the History of Decorative Arts through the Corcoran College of Art + Design and Smithsonian Associates in Washington, D.C.  She is a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and serves as co-chair of the Steering Committee for the Rockwell Museum Ambassadors in Corning, NY.

Blog Posts by this Author

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As exemplified in Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900–1937, a cooperation of the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO, Austrian glass from 1900 to 1937 emerged from a confluence of ideas, individuals, and cultures. Advanced in large part by the support of Jewish patrons, artistic works of this period... more