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Biography: Tina Oldknow

Tina Oldknow
Tina Oldknow

Tina Oldknow was the Museum's curator of modern glass from 2000-2014, and the senior curator of modern and contemporary glass from 2014 until her retirement in September 2015.

During this time, she was responsible for all curatorial aspects of the glass collections dating from 1900 to the present. She reinstalled the Modern Glass and Contemporary Glass Galleries, and curated many exhibitions, including Founders of American Studio Glass: Harvey K. Littleton and Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab. In 2005, she facilitated the donation of the Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family collection, one of the largest and finest collections of contemporary studio glass in the United States, and subsequently curated the popular exhibition Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection (2009-2011).

Prior to her tenure at the Corning Museum, Oldknow held curatorial and advisory positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, and the Seattle Art Museum. She has authored many publications, including Pilchuck: A Glass School (1996), Chihuly Persians (1996), Richard Marquis Objects (1997), Dante Marioni: Blown Glass (2000), William Morris: Animal / Artifact (with James Yood, 2000), 25 Years of New Glass Review (2005), Dan Dailey (with William Warmus and Milton Glaser, 2007), Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from The Corning Museum of Glass (2008), and Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection (2009). She served as editor of the Glass Art Society Journal from 1996 to 2001 and currently edits the Museum’s annual New Glass Reviewwith Richard Price.

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, Philadelphia. She presently serves on the advisory board of North Lands Creative Glass in Caithness, Scotland, and is a member of the International Council of Pilchuck Glass School. In 2014, she was chosen by her peers in the art and craft community to be an Honorary American Craft Council Fellow, recognizing her excellence and experience in the field. From 2003 to 2009, she served as a trustee of the American Craft Council.