Tina Oldknow delivered The Paul and Irene Hollister Lecture on Glass on Thursday, March 22, at 6 pm. Her talk was entitled “A Short History of the American Studio Glass Movement, from Beginning to End.”

Tina Oldknow will present an overview of the American studio glass movement in a richly illustrated lecture that charts how artists have developed glass into a medium for contemporary art, while expanding the traditional boundaries of craft and design. History, contemporary studio practice, and artistic sources of inspiration will inform this lively talk that celebrates a unique and remarkable material.


Tina Oldknow is an independent curator and art historian specializing in contemporary art, craft, and design in glass. In 2015, she retired from her post as senior curator of modern and contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, a position she held for 16 years. During her time in Corning, Oldknow reinstalled the Modern Glass and Contemporary Glass Galleries, and made the inaugural installation of the Museum’s Contemporary Art + Design Wing, which opened in 2015. She has served on the staffs and as a consultant for several museums, including the Henry Art Gallery of the University of Washington; the J. Paul Getty Museum; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; the Seattle Art Museum; the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles; and the Tacoma Art Museum.

Oldknow has curated over 30 exhibitions in her career, and has authored over 100 books, articles, and essays on glass. Among the many artists she has written about are Dale Chihuly, Richard Marquis, Dante Marioni, William Morris, Dan Dailey, Michael Glancy, and Albert Paley. She also served as editor of the Glass Art Society Journal from 1996 to 2001, and as a juror and editor, with Richard Price, for the Corning Museum’s annual New Glass Review from 2000 to 2016. In 2014, she was named an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council, and in 2015, she was appointed as Honorary Fellow of The Corning Museum of Glass. In 2013, Oldknow was honored with the Millville Rose Society Award from the Creative Glass Center of America and Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville, New Jersey. She also received the 2011 Service to the Field Award from UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, and the Honors Award in 2004 from the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass at SOFA Chicago. Oldknow holds a BA in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MA in art history from the University of Pennsylvania.