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The Corning Museum of Glass Announces New Appointments

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October 16, 2019

The Corning Museum of Glass today announced the appointment of two key staff members who will work to advance the scholarship and programmatic offerings of the Rakow Research Library and The Studio of the Museum.

Kevin Reynolds: Chief Librarian

Kevin Reynolds has spent more than two decades in libraries, providing not only strategic vision for the institutions, but care for their important archives and special collections. In his new role at the Rakow Research Library, Reynolds will be responsible for leadership of the Library, including print and digital collection development and management, public services, special collections, conservation and preservation, and digital initiatives.

Reynolds comes to the Museum most recently from the Sandor Teszler Library of Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, where he was the Dean of the Library. There, he not only championed efforts to increase awareness and use of digital and tangible archives but developed a master plan for a complete library re-envisioning and renovation. Prior to his time there, Reynolds worked at the Jessie Ball duPont Library at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, and the Smyrna Public Library in Smyrna, TN.

Reynolds holds a Master of Science degree in information science from the University of Tennessee, a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and religious studies from Western Kentucky University, and has completed graduate studies in Hebrew Bible at Vanderbilt University. He has held numerous positions with the American Library Association, among other professional organizations.  

“We are delighted to welcome Kevin Reynolds to The Corning Museum of Glass to take a leadership role both as chief librarian of the Rakow Research Library and as a member of the Museum’s leadership team,” said Karol Wight, President and Executive Director of CMoG. “Kevin’s expertise in the field of library science and his background working with students and researchers in numerous academic libraries will serve us well as we continue to inspire people to see glass in a new light through the numerous archives and special collections held in at the Rakow. I’m thrilled to welcome him on board to work with our talented staff at the library and across the Museum.”

“I was absolutely thrilled to receive the offer to join The Corning Museum of Glass as chief librarian,” said Reynolds. “I had certainly heard of the Museum in the past, however I had not been fully aware of the truly phenomenal collections held in the Rakow Research Library. Few people have the opportunity to shepherd such an important resource to the world, and I am honored to have been selected. The prospect of working with my new colleagues to make the Rakow’s unparalleled collections even more accessible to artists, researchers, and others has captured my imagination.”

Reynolds will join the Museum on February 3, 2020.


Richard Whiteley: Senior Program Manager at The Studio

Celebrated Australian artist Richard Whiteley joins The Studio as the Senior Program Manager, responsible for developing and managing new glassmaking programming. Richard has spent his life working with glass, developing a fascination for the material when he began apprenticing in stained glass at the age of 16.

Most recently, Whiteley has been working as Associate Professor: Head of the Glass Workshop and Foundation Studies at his alma mater, the Australian National University’s School of Art & Design. He earned his Bachelor of Visual Arts degree from ANU and then went on to earn an MFA in sculpture from the University of Illinois-Urbana. 

Whiteley works primarily in kiln-cast glass and has presented more than a dozen exhibitions in the last decade. His work is represented in the permanent collections of many public institutions worldwide.

“We have experts in nearly all aspects of glassmaking working at The Studio,” said Amy Schwartz, Director of The Studio. “Now Richard will bring to us his extensive knowledge of kiln casting. I look forward to working closely with him to develop exceptional programming that will excite artists from across the world and entice them to come further their work here at The Studio in Corning.”

“The Corning Museum of Glass represents the very best in glass scholarship and research experience,” said Whiteley. “Throughout my career, I’ve been impressed with the quality and impact of the Museum's projects and programs. It's a real privilege to be invited to join this exceptional team. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I’m looking forward to making a contribution and shaping the conversations around glass."

Whiteley joined the Museum on October 14.

About The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is the foremost authority on the art, history, science, and design of glass. It is home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum and on the road), bring the material to life. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. The campus in Corning includes a year-round glassmaking school—The Studio—and the Rakow Research Library, with the world’s preeminent collection of materials on the art and history of glass. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State, the Museum is open daily, year-round. Children and teens, 17 and under, receive free admission.