Founding Director of Corning Museum of Glass Dies at 83

>Thomas S. Buechner, who was the founding director of the Corning Museum of Glass and was the director of the Brooklyn Museum in the 1960’s, died on Sunday at his home in Corning, NY. He was 83.
Mr Buechner, a painter and illustrator, served for 10 years as the director of the Corning Museum of Glass before becoming director of the Brooklyn Museum in 1960. At 33, he was one of the youngest museum directors in the United States. He recently had a retrospective of his artwork exhibited at Alexandria’s Principle Gallery.

Click HERE to jump to the NY Times obit on Thomas Buechner.

Corning Museum of Glass Call For Entries


Its that Time Again!

Each year, The Corning Museum of Glass conducts a worldwide competition to select 100 images of new works in glass. A committee drawn from designers, artists, curators, and critics makes the selection. The publication is intended to keep its audience, which includes museums, artists, libraries, collectors, scholars, and dealers, informed of recent developments in the field. Objects considered excellent from any of several viewpoints—such as function, subject matter, aesthetics, and technique—will be chosen. The objects selected will be published in color with the names of the makers and brief descriptions of the pieces.

Participants are requested to complete the entry form, submitting a total of three digital images illustrating one work per image. Digital photographs, which should be made using the highest-resolution setting on the camera, must be of actual objects designed and made between October 1, 2009, and October 1, 2010.

Click HERE to jump to CMOG entry prospectus.

Click HERE to see some of the winners of New Glass Review 31.

CMOG New Glass Review 31

>Published by The Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG), New Glass Review is an annual survey of glass in contemporary art, architecture, craft, and design created in the previous year. The works are chosen by a changing jury of curators, artists, designers, art dealers, and critics, which, over the past 25 years, has included Dale Chihuly, Clement Greenberg, Stanislav Libenský, Richard Marquis, David McFadden, Yoriko Mizuta, Lois Moran , Jean-Luc Olivié , Tom Patti, Ginny Ruffner, Bertil Vallien, and Toots Zynsky. Museum jurors have included Thomas S. Buechner, the Museum’s founding director, and modern glass curators Susanne K. Frantz, Tina Oldknow, and William Warmus.

This year is the 31st annual review, and the jurors were Jon Clark, Professor, Tyler School of Art, Rosa Barovier Mentasti, independent art historian, curator, and critic, Zesty Meyers, artist and owner R 20th Century, and Tina Oldknow, the Corning Museum’s Curator of Modern Glass. The jurors selected 100 works from 888 international artists that sent over 2,500 images of work for the competition.

The Washington DC area is represented by some familiar names – the Washington Glass School’s Michael Janis; Washington Glass School alumni Jeff Zimmer, and Weisser Glass Studio’s Nancy Weisser.

The book of work is published in Germany and the copies have just arrived stateside. Congrats to the artists!

Michael Janis
Touching With A Lighter Hand
kilnformed glass, glass powder imagery
95 cm x 50 cm

Jeff Zimmer
1/1000th the Space Between Me and You (In a Deadrise)
layers of enamelled & sandlasted glass in glass lightbox
545 x 225 x 210 mm/21″ x 8.75 ” x 8.25″

Nancy Weisser
Broken Memories
assembled kilnformed glass
305cm x 762cm

Click Here for the New Glass Review 32 “Call for Entries”

Washington Glass School Artist in CMOG’s New Glass Review 31!


Since 1979, the Corning Museum of Glass has published its annual New Glass Review, which documents new work in glass art, architecture, craft, and design. New Glass Review is the only peer-reviewed journal in the field of contemporary glass.

Each year, artists around the world submit images of their recent work to the Museum. This year an international jury selected artwork submitted from 888 artists from over 43 countries – making a total of over 2,500 submissions for consideration. The jury included Jon Clark, Professor, Tyler School of Art; Rosa Barovier Mentasti, art historian, curator and critic, Venice, Italy; Zesty Meyers, owner, R20th Century, New York, and Tina Oldknow, Curator of Modern Glass, Corning Museum.

As of the time of publishing this post, some of the artists included in this years review are: Sara Gilbert, Bernd Kniel, Kait Rhoads, Masahiro Sasaki, Nancy Weisser, Jeff Zimmer and myself, Michael Janis. I am honored to be selected again this year for inclusion in the publication, due out in May, 2010.

New Glass Review Call For Entries


Download New Glass Review 31 Prospectus (PDF - opens in a new window)

Each year the Corning Museum of Glass conducts a worldwide competition to select 100 images of new works in glass. A jury of designers, artists, curators and critics make the selection.
Only glass designed and made between Oct 1, 2008 and Oct 1, 2009 are accepted for this survey. Deadline Oct 1, 2009. $20 entry fee. Last year, Washington Glass School’s Michael Janis was one of the artists selected.

Click HERE for more info.