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Tom Patti Selected as 2015/2016 Artist for Specialty Glass Artist Residency Program Offered by Corning Museum of Glass and Corning Incorporated

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June 2, 2015
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The Corning Museum of Glass and Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced today the selection of Tom Patti, known for his body of work comprising visionary architectural systems, as the 2015/16 Specialty Glass Artist-in-Residence. The Residency is a joint program of the Corning Museum of Glass and Corning Incorporated that supports artists in exploring the use of specialty glass materials to inform their body of work.

Working in glass since the 1960s, Patti has received international attention for his small-scale sculptural glass works and large-scale public commissions, which integrate the aesthetic and technical concerns of glass. Unlike many Studio Glass pioneers of his generation, Patti did not focus on traditional glass techniques, but embraced the use of industrial sheet glass to make small, compacted glass sculptures with a complex inner architecture. He has also created large-scale installations using an impact-resistant glass of his own formula that breaks light into its spectral components.

“The Corning Museum of Glass works hard to be a partner to artists, designers, and scientists—serving as a laboratory and acting as a catalyst for creativity—to further the understanding and application of glass,” said Karol Wight, president and executive director of The Corning Museum of Glass. “Tom’s work over the last 35 years has been about exploring and experimenting with the material of glass, researching different formulations of glasses and hot-forming techniques and using industrial and architectural glass as a sculptural medium.”

“Corning Incorporated is dedicated to innovation and experimentation with glass, and we have a long history of collaborating with artists,” said Dr. David Morse, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Corning Incorporated. “Tom’s own experimentations with glass compositions make him a particularly interesting artist to work with and we are eager to work with him and see what new discoveries he makes with our material.”

Patti has previously acted as a technical consultant on glass design for Corning, Owens Corning, PPG, Solutia, SABIC, and Israel Berger & Associates. He sees his work in materials science as way to inform his artwork. In his Specialty Residency, which will begin in July 2015, Patti will not focus on a specific specialty material for artistic use, but instead will explore the way changes in temperature affect different kinds of glass. He will work extensively at Corning’s research and design facility, Sullivan Park.

“I want to explore temperature ranges not used in the traditional glass studio,” said Patti. “I want to learn from the collaborative dialogue that will take place with the innovative staff at Corning. For me, the process is as important as the outcome; my art is a result of the way I conceptualize and the vision I set for myself as I work. I hope to explore temperature ranges in glass in a way that both Corning and I can learn from.”

About Tom Patti 
Patti’s work is included in the permanent private and public collections worldwide, including The Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Louvre. He earned his BFA and MFA at Pratt Art Institute in Industrial Design and Architectural Theory. In 2012, he was honored as a Pratt Icon. While at Pratt, he was involved with Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), a project co-founded by Robert Rauschenberg to develop collaborations between artists and engineers to explore the relationship of art to science and technology. Establishing this investigation as a predominant theme in his work, Patti has continued to innovate architectural and industrial glass processes entirely unique to his artwork over the past four decades.

Specialty Glass Artist Residency Program
Corning Incorporated, which has developed and patented more than 150 specialty glass formulations, provides the resident artist with access to staff with technical expertise in glass formulation, melting, and forming, as well as access to specialty materials.

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

Patti is the second artist to take part in the residency, which is by invitation only. The first selected artist was American sculptor Albert Paley, best known for his large-scale works in metal. In 2014/15, Paley used Corning Code 7056, a borosilicate glass that was engineered to bond tightly to a metal alloy called Kovar, and experimented with small-scale sculptural work incorporating both materials.

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, on the road, and on the water) 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.