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Alfred University well represented in upcoming global exhibition at Corning Museum of Glass

Alfred University | 12/04/18

Karen Donnellan, assistant professor of glass
Karen Donnellan, assistant professor of glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is hosting a months-long exhibition next year showcasing contemporary glassmaking on a global scale. Among the 100 artists participating in the New Glass Now exhibition are several Alfred University faculty and alumni.


ALFRED, NY – The Corning Museum of Glass is hosting a months-long exhibition next year showcasing contemporary glassmaking on a global scale. Among the 100 artists participating in the New Glass Now exhibition are several Alfred University faculty and alumni.

New Glass Now, which opens May 12, 2019, and runs through Jan. 5, 2020, will document the innovation and dexterity of artists, designers, and architects around the world working with the challenging material of glass. A global survey designed to the show the breadth and depth of contemporary glassmaking, the exhibition will feature objects, installations, videos, and performances made in the last three years by 100 artists of 32 nationalities working in more than 25 countries.

Among the artists participating in the exhibition are Karen Donnellan, assistant professor of glass, Alfred University School of Art and Design; Zora Palova, former Theodore Randall Chair for visiting international artists at Alfred University’s School of Art and Design, and Stepan Pala former visiting international artist; and Alfred University alumni Norwood Viviano (B.F.A., ’95), Alicia Eggert (B.F.A., ’09) and James Akers (B.F.A., ’15). Donnellan is from the Republic of Ireland; Palova and Pala are from Slovakia.

Karina Malling, an exchange student from Denmark who spent a semester studying at Alfred University, is also showing her work in the New Glass Now exhibition.

Next year’s exhibition, shown in the Contemporary Wing of the Corning Museum of Glass, is the third in a series dating back to 1959. The first two exhibitions, Glass 1959 and New Glass: A Worldwide Survey (1979) brought unprecedented critical and popular attention to the material, its makers, and designers.

“As the first exhibition to showcase international contemporary glass, Glass 1959 created the field and laid the foundation for the blossoming of the Studio Glass movement,” the Corning Museum of Glass said in a press release announcing the New Glass Now exhibition. “Twenty years later, New Glass: A Worldwide Survey revolutionized it, spurring individual and institutional collecting across the globe, garnering new scholarly attention, and promoting continued artistic innovation. New Glass Now stands to make a similar impact today.”