The Corning Museum of Glass is seeking an accomplished European decorative arts specialist with significant curatorial and collections experience and a deep interest in working with one of the world’s great collections of glass objects. The Curator of European Glass is a member of the Corning Museum’s senior staff that includes the Curators of American Glass, Modern & Contemporary Glass, Ancient & Islamic Glass and Science & Technology.
The Curator of European Glass’s primary responsibilities are to provide leadership and vision for the Department’s continued curatorial excellence, oversee acquisitions in her/his area, represent the Museum at national and international professional meetings and take an active role in grant development.

The Corning Museum of Glass, located in the Southern Tier of New York State, recently completed a 100,000 square foot expansion that in additional to generous exhibition spaces includes the world-class Amphitheater Hot Shop.  The Museum now encompasses 325,000 square feet.  The collection contains 50,000 objects representing an encyclopedic 3,500-year history of the art and science of glass.  The Museum is one of three buildings in the Corning complex, which also includes the Rakow Library, considered the world’s library of record on the art, history, science and technology of glass, and The Studio

The European Collection on exhibit is divided into four special areas: Early Northern European Glass; The Rise of Venetian Glassmaking; Glass in 17th to 19th Century Europe; and 19th Century European Glass. A comprehensive collection of paperweights adds a unique dimension to the European collection. The acquisition budget provides ample funds annually for significant additions to the collections and an array of important publications for the Library.

The exhibition schedule for 2016 includes exhibits that complement each other in concept. Fragile Legacy: the Marine Invertebrate Models of Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka focuses on models created by this father and son team. The models were used in universities and natural history museums around the world to teach and understand these creatures of the world’s oceans. An exhibit at Rakow Library tells the story of the technical and scientific advances in glassmaking that made the production of the models possible. (http://www.cmog/collectio/exhibitions/upcoming).

Corning has adopted a new interpretive strategy led by the Education Department to engage the entire Museum in a holistic approach that is visitor?centered, embraces the unique qualities of informal learning, is evidence?based and interdisciplinary. Conveying the Museum’s mission: to tell the world about glass, is at the heart of this integrated approach. The curators are important members of this interdisciplinary, team-based approach to interpretation.

The Corning Museum of Glass operates with a budget of $60 million and has a full-time staff of 160.

More information about Corning Museum of Glass is HERE.


Working Relationships

The Curator of European Glass reports to the President/ Executive Director. In addition to the curatorial team she/he will work with the Deputy Director of Collections, Research & Exhibitions; the Chief Scientist; the Chief Conservator; the Collections and Exhibition Manager; the Director of Education; the Chief Librarian, the Chief Digital Officer, the Director of The Studio and the staff of the Museum’s Hot Glass programs.

The Curator of European Glass is responsible for the acquisition, exhibition, cataloguing and research of CMoG’s European glass collection.

The Curator of European Glass will begin immediately to familiarize her/himself with the European Glass collection and to develop ideas for future exhibitions and publications.

Ongoing Responsibilities

  • Developing and implementing special exhibitions of European glass
  • Recommending acquisitions of glass and glass-related material such as books, periodicals and photographs of European glass
  • Consulting with private collectors for loans or gifts to the Museum
  • Cataloging the collection of European glass
  • Assisting in periodic surveys or inventories of the collection
  • Lecturing at the annual Seminar as it relates to European glass and to other museum groups, as appropriate
  • Responding to all inquiries about European glass
  • Pursuing original research in the field, writing catalogs, articles and other materials for CMoG and other publications
  • Making recommendations regarding loans to and from the Corning Museum of Glass and working with the Registrarial and Conservation Departments to ensure the appropriateness, safety and condition of all loans


Corning is an historic and artistic city in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. Most famous for its glassmaking past and present, Corning welcomes more than half a million people every year from all over the world.

Corning is about 100 miles from the cities of Rochester and Syracuse, both with important academic centers and thriving cultural institutions. Cornell University and Ithaca College are located in Ithaca, New York, 45 miles from Corning. The area is served by daily flights to major cities.


Qualifications and Characteristics

The successful candidate will have at least 5 years of senior curatorial and collections experience at an art museum with a significant collection and strong curatorial program in European decorative arts. Master’s degree in art history or a related field is required; a PhD is strongly preferred. A publications record is required. Knowledge of an additional art historical field, specifically Asian, would be ideal. In addition s/he will have:

  • In-depth knowledge of European decorative arts required; glass knowledge desired
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills; ability to speak to groups of all sizes
  • Ability to represent the Museum in a professional manner
  • Excellent research skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to cultivate important collectors and tactfully solicit gifts for the collection
  • Reading knowledge of at least two European languages
  • Ability to plan strategically and long-range for the exhibition schedule
  • A commitment to the interrelatedness of art and education
  • The personality to enjoy social and community interaction
  • High energy, strong motivation and a hands-on work ethic

Address all inquiries and recommendations in confidence to the retained search consultants (e-mails are preferred).

Please do not send printed catalogues or material.

Freda Mindlin or Nancy Kaufman
Opportunity Resources Inc.
New York, NY 10021

Job Information
  • Corning, New York, 14830, United States
  • 21953887
  • February 29, 2016
  • Corning Museum of Glass Curator of European Glass
  • Corning Museum of Glass
  • Curator
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • Master’s Degree
  • 5-7 Years
  • 0-10%