Joel Philip Myers, AU Class of 1962, was awarded the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Glass Art Society Conference during ceremonies at the annual conference in June, in Toledo Ohio.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is the Glass Art Society’s highest honor, given in recognition of significant and sustained contributions to the field of glass art to recipients over the age of 60. Achievement is construed broadly, including, but not limited to diverse endeavors such as artistic excellence, technical innovation, exemplary leadership, dedication to education, and support for and promotion of glass art.
Joel studied in Copenhagen, then came to Alfred where he earned bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees in 1968. While at Alfred, he was offered a position with Blenko Glass as director of design. Blenko, a manufacturer of colorful tableware, was headquartered in West Virginia. In his seven years there, Joel designed over 400 blown glass pieces.
In 1970, Joel founded the glassblowing program at Illinois State University, where he served as a professor for nearly 30 years. He retired in 1997 a distinguished professor. In 2007, the Corning Museum of Glass launched an exhibition series called Masters of Studio Glass with work by Joel and Steven I. Weinberg.