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The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass Announces 2020 Residencies

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January 15, 2020

Today, The Studio announced the 2020 Artists-in-Residence recipients: twelve artists from around the world who will each spend one month at The Studio researching and experimenting with new techniques to further their work. Included in this group is the first recipient of the newly established Burke Residency created in partnership between The Studio and the Museum of Art and Design (MAD). Additionally, two artists and two scholars have been selected for the David Whitehouse Research Residency for Artists and the David Whitehouse Research Residency for Scholars, respectively. These recipients will each spend up to three weeks in the Rakow Library utilizing the vast holdings to inform their practice or area of research. During their time in Corning, each resident will provide a public Lunchtime Lecture describing their inspirations and work at The Studio and the Rakow Library.

New this year: The Burke Residency

The Corning Museum of Glass is going MAD! In partnership with the Museum of Art and Design, The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass is introducing the Burke Residency. This residency will enable one artist from the Burke Prize exhibition at MAD to use the facilities and resources at The Studio to further their artistic exploration. The first recipient of the Burke Residency is Lauren Kalman, a contemporary American visual artist from Detroit, Michigan. Her residency will begin on April 30.

Named for Marian and Russell Burke, two passionate collectors of craft and longtime supporters of MAD and CMoG, the Burke Prize is awarded by MAD every two years and reinforces their commitment to celebrating the next generation of artists working in and advancing the disciplines that shaped the American studio craft movement. The Burke Residency was created to be awarded on years opposite the prize, and the entire group of finalists will be considered for the month-long residency at The Studio.

“We were very excited by the Burke Prize offered by MAD and look forward to helping an artist included in that exhibition explore glass,” said Amy Schwartz, Director of The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, “Lauren Kalman’s work stood out to us because she is just starting to dip her toe into glass, and we want to foster her curiosity and creativity in this new medium.”  

2020 Artists-In-Residence at The Studio

Jiyong Lee
Raghvi Bhatia

February 20–March 19, 2020

Jiyong Lee is a studio artist and educator who lives and works in Carbondale, Illinois. A professor of art at Southern Illinois University, Lee has been in charge of the glass program there since 2000. During his residency, Lee will explore new forms in hot and coldworking to incorporate into his Segmentation series.

Raghvi Bhatia is an artist who explores themes of religion and craft. Originally from New Delhi, India, Bhatia uses an ethnographic lens to take a look at transcultural patterns and objects that are overlooked in everyday life. She is particularly fascinated with the history of glass seed beads. In February and March, Bhatia will explore how glass beads serve as units of time, violence, labor, and faith.

Erica Rosenfeld
Dan Friday

March 26–April 23, 2020

Embracing the cultural histories of glassmaking, cooking, and crafting, Erica Rosenfeld’s work celebrates community-centric, obsessive, and labor-intensive rituals. Her hybrid artistic practice has centered on the performative, sculptural, and social aspects of glass and food making. In March and April, Rosenfeld will make work and components based on Mid-century traditions.

Dan Friday draws inspiration from his Coast Salish cultural heritage which he depicts in his glass art. He is a member of the Lummi Nation and is a Seattle-based glass artist. Friday has spent the last twenty years working for artists including Dale Chihuly, Paul Marioni, and Preston Singletary. During his residency, Friday will be expanding on his research of fishing artifacts of the Coast Salish tribes of Puget Sound that he started during a residency at the Burke Museum.

Cat Burns
Lauren Kalman

April 30–May 28, 2020

Cat Burns is a defiant artist who uses flamboyant, sarcastic humor to illustrate her internal narrative. She cultivates her work very slowly and uses it as a visual diary, creating audacious works as a way to communicate and synthesize the often perplexing, manic experience of living with depression. As she is slowly losing her vision, Burns is dedicating her residency to creating visually bold work that references the frustration of losing one’s eyesight.

Lauren Kalman is a visual artist based in Detroit, Michigan, whose practice is centered around the history of adornment, contemporary craft, video, photography, and performance. She investigates beauty, body image, and the built environment through performances using the female body. Kalman will use the new Burke Residency to explore how glass can be incorporated further into her work to represent voids.

Emilio Santini & Tomo Sakai
September 15–29, 2020
*Instructor Collaborative Residency

Emilio Santini and Tomo Sakai will work together as part of an Instructor Collaborative Residency at The Studio in 2020. While at Pilchuck Glass School in 2019, coldworker Sakai started a series of drawings documenting new glass jewelry designs based on techniques she had already mastered, while also incorporating flameworking as a key component of the process. As his own work developed that summer, Santini had also created designs that incorporated a new technique into his practice: engraving. After several conversations, the two conceived the idea to partner together to create their designs. The duo will be combining their skills to create a new series of work incorporating both flameworking and coldworking during their residency.

Sibylle Peretti
Austin Stern

October 3–31, 2020

Sibylle Peretti was born in Germany where the rich tradition of glassmaking influenced the direction of her artistic training, and the abundant Bavarian forests inspired her choice of landscape as a predominant theme in her work. Using two-dimensional kiln-formed panels and three-dimensional lost-wax castings, Peretti composes narratives about the beautiful and poetic yet disrupted relationship between humans and the natural world. In October, Peretti will research the history and formulation of gold ruby glass to incorporate as themes in her future work.

Austin Stern's glass sculptures are seemingly innocent creatures that examine visceral emotions such as comfort, sadness, and even anxiety. Inspired by the highly saturated colors found in the toys and cartoons of his childhood, he reinterprets traditional Venetian glass techniques to explore interpersonal relationships and mental health. During his residency, Stern aims to create glass sculptures with mixed media components to explore concepts of fear and superstition.

Yukiko Sugano
Stine Bidstrup

November 5–December 3, 2020

Japanese artist Yukiko Sugano utilizes mixed metals, flameworking techniques, and personal memories to translate the “texture of emotion” into something tangible. “I mix my memories and emotions to make works with people and other living things as motifs to express a sense of memory that cannot be controlled by reason,” said Sugano. During her residency, Sugano will experiment by fusing glass stringers to create two dimensional works.

Stine Bidstrup is a Danish artist whose work explores optical phenomena and interprets ideas about utopian visions through glass sculptures, installation, and video. By using spatial and tactile experiences, she creates works that interject cultural layers of memories and events. In November and December, Bidstrup will focus on explorations of glass colors by the layering of color with interchanging layers of opacity and transparency.

David Whitehouse Residencies

David Whitehouse, a former executive director at the Museum, was a highly-regarded scholar who worked to build the resources of the Rakow Library, and a major supporter of contemporary artists working in glass. Two residencies have been created in his memory.

The David Whitehouse Residencies are open to artists and scholars who want to utilize the Museum’s resources, including the permanent collections and the holdings of the Rakow Research Library, to inform their artistic practice or scholarly research.

David Whitehouse Research Residency For Artists

Phoebe Stubbs
April 1–18

Phoebe Stubbs uses her work to investigate the material conditions for knowledge, focusing on the role of glass in instrumentation and image-making. She uses objects blown in the hot shop as sets for a video camera to move through, as objects to refract and reflect light onto diffusers, and as lenses to distort the images created. In April, Stubbs will research early refractive telescope-making of the 17th and 18th centuries, in terms of the technical operations of lens and instrument making. She will also explore the language used to describe the experience of seeing something otherworldly for the first time.

David Nasca
June 2–June 19

David Nasca makes sculptures that draw upon themes of reimagined biology, queer futurism, and personal fantasy. Animal biology informs his work, and he uses deep sea organisms, fishing lures, and invertebrate reproductive strategies as a metaphor for queer sexuality and attraction. During his residency, he will investigate the Blaschka models of glass sea creatures.

David Whitehouse Research Residency For Scholars

Karime Castillo
June 30–July 17

Karime Castillo's research is based on a multidisciplinary approach incorporating archaeology, history, ethnography, and materials science principles and methods. She has focused her research in glass on contextualizing the transfer and development of glass technology in New Spain within the global interactions that emerged in the Early Modern Period. In June and July, she will use her residency to research how colonial glass production was influenced by interregional and transoceanic exchange, comparing archaeological glass from Mexico to early modern European glass.

Melania Ruiz Sanz de Bremond
June 30–July 17

An art historian and PhD candidate at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Melania Ruiz Sanz de Bremond researches reverse painting on glass in the Hispanic world, an area of focus has not been actively studied despite the survival of several works. She brings together questions about authorship and production as well as collecting practices, circulation, and the reception of these objects. During her residency, she will investigate the history of glass production and usage in Spain and Latin America.


The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass is an internationally renowned facility for glassmaking located on the Museum’s campus in Corning, NY. An extensive selection of workshops and intensive courses, taught by leading international glass artists, is offered year-round to students of all experience levels. Apply online at The Studio is a creative center for glass artists, offering artist residencies, affordable hot shop rentals, artist lectures and live streamed demonstrations, and an onsite photography studio, among other resources.

Photo Captions
*All images were provided by the artists. Please credit them individually.

Artists-in-Residence at The Studio.
Cell-Building Block, Jiyong Lee
Circumambulatory Structure I (detail), Raghvi Bhatia
Rainbow Cloud II, Erica Rosenfeld
We The People, Dan Friday
Pages from a Sketchbook in Pâte de Verre, Cat Burns
Photo of Lauren Kalman
Snow Child III, Sibylle Peretti
Sharing is Caring, Austin Stern
I & Me, Yukiko Sugano
Bifurcations, Stine Bidstrup
David Whitehouse Research Residency for Artists and Scholars
Photo of Phoebe Stubbs
Photo of David Nasca
Photo of Karime Castillo
Photo of Melania Ruiz Sanz de Bremond

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.