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Beth Lipman Selected for Specialty Glass Artist Residency Program in 2020, Awarded by The Corning Museum of Glass and Corning Incorporated

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October 4, 2019

The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) and Corning Incorporated have selected renowned American artist Beth Lipman (b. 1971) as the latest recipient of the Specialty Glass Residency. The artist will be given special access to Corning Incorporated’s patented materials and the Museum’s collection and resources for her residency, which will last through 2020. Lipman is the seventh artist to take part in the residency, following studio glass pioneer Mark Peiser (2019) and glass artists Albert Paley (2014), Tom Patti (2015), Toots Zynsky (2016), Anna Mlasowsky (2016), and Karen LaMonte (2018).

Much of Lipman’s work comprises blown glass sculptures referencing the static composition, expressive light, and opulent decoration of Renaissance and Baroque still life paintings. Her work in glass allows Lipman to explore the fleeting nature of life, incorporating themes of wealth, desire, and mortality. “I use the still-life tradition as a way to investigate the age of the Anthropocene [the time in which significant human impact has affected Earth's environment].” said Lipman. “I’m thinking about it very much in terms of material culture, every object is a milestone of being human. It’s very symbolic of who we are and what we do.”

“Beth Lipman’s solid skills and boundless creativity are hallmarks of her impressive career to date,” said Amy Schwartz, Director of The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. “She has only had access to commonly available commercially-made glasses for her work. This fundamental limitation will be removed when she begins her work here as our 2020 Specialty Glass Resident. I’m looking forward to seeing what she does when she gets to experience the special glasses available to her at Corning Incorporated’s research facility, Sullivan Park.”

Lipman had been visiting, learning, and creating at Corning throughout her career, being continuously reinvigorated by the resources at the Museum, The Studio, and The Rakow Research Library. Although she is no stranger to honing her glassmaking skills at The Corning Museum of Glass, this residency will be the first opportunity for Lipman to explore industrial aspects of glassmaking in Corning, N.Y.

“For every moment that I’ve been in Corning, I’ve never gone into industry. The corporate Headquarters is the closest I’ve come to being in that section of glassmaking. I expect to be blown away by what I see and by the resources that will be made available to me.” Lipman said.

Lipman earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 1994 and has since exhibited her work internationally at such institutions as the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Corning Museum of Glass, and Gustavsbergs Konsthall in Sweden.


Corning Incorporated, which has developed and patented many specialty glass formulations over the past century of research in glass, provides the resident artist access to a variety of glass materials and staff with technical expertise in glass formulation, melting and forming.

The Corning Museum of Glass provides access to its extensive resources, including its glassmaking facilities, collection, and the Rakow Research Library. The resident artist works closely with the Museum’s glassmakers, curators, and other staff to better understand glass and its historical and artistic contexts.

About The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is the foremost authority on the art, history, science, and design of glass. It is home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum and on the road), bring the material to life. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. The campus in Corning includes a year-round glassmaking school—The Studio—and the Rakow Research Library, with the world’s preeminent collection of materials on the art and history of glass. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State, the Museum is open daily, year-round. Children and teens, 17 and under, receive free admission.