Meet the Presenters

Meet the Presenters

Jim Asselstine
Jim Asselstine is a resident of Tyler Hill, Pa., and is the founder, president, and director of the Dorflinger Factory Museum in White Mills, Pa. He is an avid student of the history of the Dorflinger companies, and is a frequent lecturer on the...
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Andrea C. Blum graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Design degree and attended Kansas City and San Francisco Art Institutes where she learned the art of stained glass. She has made her living from her stained glass practice for the past...
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Kelly Conway
Curator of American Glass
Kelly Conway was appointed curator of American glass at The Corning Museum of Glass in 2013. Her research focuses on the history of American glass from the late 18th century through the early 20th century. Conway is the curator of the newly...
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Rainald Franz
Rainald Franz is an art historian studying Vienna, Munich, Rome, London and Venice with major topics of research in the history of architecture, the history of ornament, decorative arts and early design. He currently serves as Curator of Glass and...
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Lars Hansson
Lars Hansson is a researcher on migration and labor history from a global perspective. In addition to writing he has also worked with oral history and research circles in various projects, and was one of the founders of the network ‘Oral History in...
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Adela Minarikova
Adela Minarikova earned her bachelor and masters degrees in History of Art and Classical Archaeology at the Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic). She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the same university focusing on early engraved glass in...
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Curt Pederson
Curt Pederson, Principal Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the American Swedish Institute (ASI), Minneapolis, Minn., has witnessed the growth of the ASI Swedish glass collection over the past 20 years. Already well established by passionate...
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Alexandra Ruggiero
Assistant Curator of Modern Glass
Alexandra Ruggiero joined the Museum in 2012. She assists with acquisitions, exhibitions, cataloging and research of the Museum’s glass collections, with a focus on glass from 1850–1945. Ruggiero curated the 2018 special exhibition, Glass of the...
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Alex Schwarz
Alex Schwarz is a glass cutter and educator who owns a small crystal manufacture in the picturesque town of Rattenberg in Tirol, Austria. Schwarz grew up in the glass shop his father founded in 1964. Both he and his father were trained at the...
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Ian Simmonds
Ian Simmonds is an independent scholar and antique dealer specializing in early American glass. His research includes the discovery of New York City machine-cut glass of the 1850s and the attribution of contemporary glass made in Brooklyn, better...
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William Warmus
William Warmus is a Fellow and former curator at The Corning Museum of Glass. The son of a glassblower at Corning Incorporated, he studied with art critic Harold Rosenberg and philosopher Paul Ricoeur while at the University of Chicago. Warmus...
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Audrey Whitty
Audrey Whitty, Ph.D., has been Keeper of the Art and Industrial Division (Decorative Arts and History), National Museum of Ireland since January 2015. During 2013 and 2014, she was Curator of European and Asian Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass....
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Karol Wight
President and Executive Director
Dr. Karol Wight became executive director at The Corning Museum of Glass in August 2011 and served as curator of ancient and Islamic glass from August 2011 through July 2017. In January of 2015, she was promoted to the position of President and...
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