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Biography: Susie J. Silbert

Susie J. Silbert
Curator of Postwar & Contemporary Glass

Susie J. Silbert was appointed Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass in 2016. Trained in glassworking and design history, she is motivated by the complex and intertwined histories of material, making, and makers in all media. As part of her curatorial role at The Museum, Silbert serves as the editor of New Glass Review, an exhibition-in-print designed to provide a snapshot of global glassworking on an annual basis, selects the recipient of the Museum’s annual Rakow Commission, awarded annually to an artist not currently represented in the Museum’s collection, and serves on the committee for the Specialty Glass Residency. She is the curator of New Glass Now and the co-curator, with Colleen McFarland Rademaker, of New Glass Now | Context.

Prior to joining the museum, she was an independent curator working across disciplines, as well as a lecturer on the History of Glass at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her exhibitions include #F*nked!, exploring the relationship between digital interfaces and handmade objects at the Kansas City Art Institute; Concept:Process, at Parsons The New School for Design; Material Location at UrbanGlass; and SPRAWL, an interdisciplinary exhibition interpreting urban development at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Her writing has appeared in exhibition catalogs for the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, The Center for Art in Wood, and UrbanGlass as well as American Art Collector, GLASS Quarterly, Metalsmith, the American Craft Council website and the book CAST, on casting in all media, edited by Jen Townshend and Renee Zettle-Stirling.

Silbert holds an MA in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center.