Biography: Jane Shadel Spillman

Jane Shadel Spillman
Jane Shadel Spillman

Jane Shadel Spillman joined the Museum in 1965 and in 1978 became the Museum’s curator of American glass. She retired from this position in April 2013. Spillman has published numerous articles and books, including European Glass Furnishings for Eastern Palaces and The American Cut Glass Industry: T.G. Hawkes and His Competitors. She currently serves as editor of The Glass Club Bulletin. She also has curated many important exhibitions at the Museum, including Glass from World’s Fairs (1986), The Queen’s Collection: Danish Royal Glass (1996), Dining at the White House (1989), Glass of the Maharajahs (2006).

Spillman earned her B.A. at Vassar College and has a degree from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Training. She is a member of the American Association of Museums, where she has served on the Board, National Programming Committee, Governance Committee, and Curators Committee, of which she was chair for five years. She is also a member of the National American Glass Club, having been elected president in 2013 and the American Cut Glass Association, serving as vice president since 2011. Other memberships includeInternational Council of Museums, Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, Rushlight Club, and The Glass Circle, London. She was the General Secretary of the International Association for the History of Glass from  2003 until 2012.

She was elected an Honorary Fellow in 2013.