Corning Museum appoints Dr. Audrey Whitty as Curator of European Glass

CORNING, N.Y. — The Corning Museum of Glass has appointed Dr. Audrey Whitty as its new curator of European glass. Whitty, who comes to Corning from the National Museum of Ireland, will be responsible for managing the Museum’s extensive European glass collection. As an expert in Asian art, Whitty will additionally curate the Museum’s Asian glass collection.

Whitty has been curator of the Art and Industrial division of the National Museum of Ireland since 2001, where she oversaw the ceramics, glass and Asian applied arts collections. She helped to establish and curate the permanent exhibition, “A Dubliner’s Collection of Asian Art: The Albert Bender Exhibition,” which opened in 2008, and wrote the related publication, released in 2011. Her other exhibitions have included “The Light Fantastic: Irish Stained Glass Art,” “Inspirational Awakening: Irish Contemporary Glass,” “Gloine: History of Irish Glass,” and “21st Century Irish Craft.”

Dr. Audrey Whitty

Dr. Audrey Whitty

An advocate for contemporary glass and ceramics in Ireland, Whitty works on programs and exhibits with the Crafts Council of Ireland and Irish Applied Artists. She was the first female representative for Ireland to be appointed to UNESCO’s International Academy of Ceramics.

“I am excited about the expertise and energy Audrey will bring to her new position at our museum. Her deep knowledge of European decorative arts, including glass, plus her background in Asian art made her an ideal candidate for us,” said Dr. Karol Wight, executive director of the Corning Museum.

Whitty is also a board member of the Irish Association of Art Historians, and has worked on a number of archaeological excavations in Ireland. She lectures and publishes widely on Asian and historical and contemporary European art and craft. Whitty holds a Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin in art history. She obtained her M.A. in archaeology and her B.A. in archaeology and history from University College Dublin (constituent university of the National University of Ireland).

She will begin her appointment at The Corning Museum of Glass in May 2013.

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