Call for Graduate Student or Early Career Researcher Papers

Call for Student Papers

57th Annual Seminar on Glass
October 19 and 20, 2018

The 57th annual Seminar at The Corning Museum of Glass will focus on the theme of cut and engraved glass. This year’s Seminar coincides with noteworthy events at The Corning Museum of Glass: the refresh of our Crystal City gallery (opened May 5, 2018), and the special exhibition Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900–1937, a cooperation of the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO (June 23, 2018 – January 7, 2019).


All current graduate students enrolled in an accredited graduate program are eligible to enter, including students planning to graduate in the Spring 2018. We will also accept papers from early career researchers (e.g. emerging museum professionals) who graduated within the past two years. Those who have attained the level of Ph.D. are not be eligible.

Paper Topics

Cutting and engraving are ancient techniques, but from the late 19th through the early 20th century, their application in decorating glass flourished. Across the world, masterful craftsmanship combined with inventive designs to bring these traditional techniques into the modern era. This year’s Seminar presenters will explore these international influences from 1825 to 1945. It’s thrilling to present this topic in Corning, a town that emerged in the 19th century as one of the premier centers for cut and engraved glass in the United States, earning it the nickname “The Crystal City.”

Speakers in this year’s Seminar will present an around-the-world foray into cut and engraved glass, from the Weiner Werkstätte to Ireland to International Fairs. Priority will be given to papers that expand on the traditional viewpoints of cut and engraved glass.


The Corning Museum of Glass is pleased to provide the selected student with a free registration to the 57th Annual Seminar on Glass October 19 and 20, as well as travel and hotel funds and a $500 stipend.

Submission Requirements

Applicants interested in submitting papers to be considered for the 57th Annual Seminar on Glass must send an email indicating their interest to Kris Wetterlund,, Director of Education and Interpretation at The Corning Museum of Glass no later than July 1, 2018. Abstracts, not to exceed 500 words are to be submitted electronically by July 15, 2018.

Accepted Paper

Notification to applicants of the accepted abstract or a selected alternate will be on or before August 1, 2018. The selection of an applicant’s abstract serves as provisional acceptance to present at the 57th annual Seminar on Glass, contingent upon delivery of a viable paper. The author of the selected paper is encouraged to consult with Museum advisors in the development of their work from abstract to paper. Completed papers are due to The Corning Museum of Glass by October 1, 2018.

The content of the accepted paper should not have been presented elsewhere in an identical form.


Please address all questions to Kris Wetterlund, Director of Education and Interpretation at The Corning Museum of Glass, Visit the 57th annual Seminar webpage to find out about updates on speakers, schedules, and registration.