Biography: William Warmus

William Warmus
William Warmus

William Warmus is the son of a glassblower at Corning Incorporated. He studied art history and philosophy at the University of Chicago. Warmus became the curator of modern glass at The Corning Museum of Glass in 1978, and curated three landmark exhibitions: New Glass, which was also shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Louvre; Tiffany’s Tiffany, which focused on the masterpieces Tiffany had in his home and studios; and the first major exhibition in North America of Emile Gallé’s work.

Since leaving the Museum, Warmus has pursued a career as an independent curator, historian, and appraiser, specializing in modern glass, abstract art, and the aesthetics of the natural environment. The New York Times profiled him as a “Stylemaker,” while the University of Chicago magazine described him as a classical modernist. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including biographies of Tiffany, Lalique, and Chihuly. His book, The True History of Glass—an overview of the art, history, and sociology of contemporary glass—was published in 2012.

Warmus was the editor of Glass Magazine, faculty member and visiting artist at the Pilchuck School of Glass, and executive secretary of the Glass Art Society. He is the recipient of the AACG award for outstanding contributions to contemporary glass. Warmus lives near Ithaca, N.Y.