corning-museum-of-glass-logo.jpgCorning, N.Y. - In addition to daily glassmaking demonstrations, hands-on glass expereinces and the world's best glass collection on display, The Corning Museum of Glass has an exciting roster of winter and spring activities. Winter/Spring Exhibitions Founders of American Studio Glass: Harvey K. Littleton Through January 6, 2013 In celebration of the 50th anniversary, in 2012, of the "birth" of the American Studio Glass movement, this exhibition features works by one of the founders of the movement, Harvey K. Littleton. The objects on display-19 vessels and sculptures and five vitreographs (prints made from glass plates)-span the arc of Littleton's career in glass from the 1960s through the 1980s. Works are drawn both from the Museum's collection and the artist's personal collection. The exhibition recognizes Littleton, born and raised in Corning, for his achievements in developing glass as a material for artistic expression. It is the first solo exhibition of the artist's work at the Museum. Included in Museum admission. Call (607) 937-5371 for more information. Founders of American Studio Glass: Dominick Labino Through January 6, 2013 Founders of American Studio Glass: Dominick Labino presents documents selected from Labino's extensive archive, held by the Rakow Research Library, and glass from the Museum's collection. Materials range from copies of photographs of Labino's "smallest engine" to samples of the Johns Manville #475 marbles that studio artists melted in their furnaces. Free. At the Rakow Research Library. Call (607) 937-5371 for more information. Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch March 15, 2012 - February 3, 2013 See iconic sculptures and vessels by Eisch, who had a profound influence on the development of American, as well as European, studio glass. Eisch's objects are tradition-breaking, and his radical thoughts about art reflect the unorthodox approach to glass that has characterized his work throughout his career. Included in Museum admission. Call (607) 937-5371 for more information. Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab May 19, 2012 - January 6, 2013 This exhibition showcases the Museum's innovative design program, GlassLab, in which designers are invited to work with the Museum's artist-glassblowers to explore concepts and learn about the properties of glass. The exhibit will feature design prototypes, or "sketches," in glass by 30 international designers who have worked with the GlassLab program. Included in Museum admission. Call (607) 937-5371 for more information. The Flood of '72: Community, Collections, and Conservation May 24, 2012 - January 3, 2014 On June 23, 1972, Corning, NY, and surrounding communities were devastated by a major flood. At the Museum, hundreds of objects were broken, more than half of the Library's materials were saturated with flood water, and the facility was covered with a thick layer of slime and mud. This exhibit at the Rakow Research Library chronicles the determination of Museum staff and the community to rebuild, and sheds light on unique conservation techniques used to restore Library materials. Free. Call (607) 937-5371 for more information. Winter/Spring Activities Studio Faculty Presentations January 3, 7:30 p.m. Hear from some of the best-known glassmakers in the world, through free, informal public lectures by Studio faculty: William Gudenrath, Jordana Korsen, John Miller, Mark Salsbury, Emilio Santini and Lucia Santini. At The Studio. Free admission. Registration is not required. Call (607) 438-5100 to confirm speakers' dates, which are subject to change. Studio Faculty Presentations January 10, 7:30 p.m. Hear from some of the best-known glassmakers in the world, through free, informal public lectures by Studio faculty:  Pavel Novak, Martin Rosol, Pino Signoretto, Loren Stump and Milon Townsend. Free admission. At The Studio. Free. Registration is not required. Call (607) 438-5100 to confirm speakers' dates, which are subject to change. Families Explore: Scandinavia January 15, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Explore Denmark, Norway, and Sweden through music, dance, crafts, and other activities. Learn about the cultures and stories surrounding objects in the collection of The Corning Museum of Glass. Included in Museum admission. Registration not required. Drop-in activities throughout the day. Contact familiesexplore@cmog.org or call (607) 438-5119 for more information. Studio Faculty Presentations January 17, 7:30 p.m. Hear from some of the best-known glassmakers in the world, through free, informal public lectures by Studio faculty: Lucio Bubacco, Daniel Clayman, Jessica Jane Julius, Erica Rosenfeld and Paul Stankard. At The Studio. Free. Registration is not required. Call (607) 438-5100 to confirm speakers' dates, which are subject to change. 2300°: Fire and Wine January 19, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. At 2300° glass gets even more interesting, and so do things at The Corning Museum of Glass. Enjoy live music by The Weber Brothers and watch Anne Gant make works on paper with hot glass. Sip away the cold with free tastings from Finger Lakes wineries. Free admission; some additional cost for food and drink. Registration is not required. Call (607) 438-5500 for more information. Studio Faculty Presentations January 24, 7:30 p.m. Hear from some of the best-known glassmakers in the world, through free, informal public lectures by Studio faculty: Mark Ditzler, Max Erlacher, Eric Goldschmidt and Matthew Urban. At The Studio. Free. Registration is not required. Call (607) 438-5100 to confirm speakers' dates, which are subject to change. Studio Faculty Presentations January 31, 7:30 p.m. Hear from some of the best-known glassmakers in the world, through free, informal public lectures by Studio faculty: Miriam Di Fiore, Suellen Fowler, William Gudenrath and Dan Mirer. At The Studio. Free. Registration is not required. Call (607) 438-5100 to confirm speakers' dates, which are subject to change. Studio Faculty Presentations February 7, 7:30 p.m. Hear from some of the best-known glassmakers in the world, through free, informal public lectures by Studio faculty: Brenna Baker, Amanda Gundy, Kristina Logan and Denise Stillwaggon Leone. At The Studio. Free. Registration is not required. Call (607) 438-5100 to confirm speakers' dates, which are subject to change. 2300°: Mardi Gras Snow Day February 16, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. At 2300°, glass gets even more interesting, and so do things at The Corning Museum of Glass. Celebrate the Carnival season with colorful glassmaking performances by the Museum's own George Kennard, and music by Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble (additional music by the Dundee Steel Drum Band). Free admission; some additional cost for food and drink. Registration is not required. Call (607) 438-5500 for more information. Winter Break at the Museum February 17 - 25 Bring the kids to The Corning Museum of Glass over Winter Break and enjoy special activities, including extended Make Your Own Glass (additional fee; projects exist for all ages) hours, and special Hot Glass Show features. Take a free, one-hour family-friendly tour of the galleries. Hands-on crafts are offered each day, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Included in Museum admission. Call (607) 937-5371 for more information. Families Explore: Egypt February 19, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Explore Egypt through music, dance, crafts, and other activities. Learn about the cultures and stories surrounding objects in the collection of The Corning Museum of Glass. Included in Museum admission. Registration not required. Drop-in activities throughout the day. Contact familiesexplore@cmog.org or call (607) 438-5119 for more information. Film Viewing - Ginny Ruffner: A Not so Still Life February 24, 6:00 p.m. The Corning Museum of Glass and The Fund for Women present this film, exploring the kaleidoscopic mind of glass artist Ginny Ruffner. Director Karen Stanton documents Ruffner's artistic journey, including her work with Dale Chihuly, Graham Nash, and Tom Robbins. Witness Ruffner's recovery from an accident that nearly claimed her life, but barely slowed her constant reinvention of the world around her. Museum Auditorium. Free. Registration requested. Contact membership@cmog.org or (607) 438-5600 for more information. Meet the Artist and Astronaut: Josh Simpson and Cady Coleman March 8, 6:00 p.m. Artist Josh Simpson and his wife, Cady Coleman, a renowned astronaut, provide a joint lecture. Simpson creates detailed imaginary "planets" and "worlds" in glass. Coleman spent six months on the International Space Station in 2011. They will discuss their unique experiences and share stories with the audience. Free. Registration is requested. Please RSVP by March 2. Contact membership@cmog.org or (607) 438-5600 for more information. Family Night March 9, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Enjoy a free night at the Museum with the whole family. This fun-filled event includes live entertainment, glassmaking, crafts and more. Free admission. Small fee for some craft activities. Contact publicprograms@cmog.org or call (607) 438-5500 for more information. Evening for Educators March 15, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Teachers are invited to join peers and the Museum's education staff for an exciting professional development event at The Studio. The Museum's staff will share ideas to help teachers meet New York State Learning Standards through the exhibitions and resources. Hear about the upcoming exhibition, Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab, which explores how designers and glassmakers collaborate, rapidly prototyping design concepts and using the immediacy of hot glass as a catalyst for innovation. Stay after for our free art happening, 2300°: Blues. Free. Registration requested. Contact eveningfored@cmog.org to register or call (607) 438-5429 for more information. 2300°: Blues March 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. At 2300° glass gets even more interesting and so do things at The Corning Museum of Glass. Chase away the winter with blues music by Howling Waters and hot glassmaking by Philadelphia-based artist Christopher Lydon. Free admission; some additional cost for food and drink. Registration is not required. Call (607) 438-5500 for more information. Families Explore: Ireland March 18, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Explore the symbols, legends and music of Ireland through hands-on activities. Learn about the cultures and stories surrounding objects in the collection of The Corning Museum of Glass. Included in Museum admission. Registration not required. Drop-in activities throughout the day. Contact familiesexplore@cmog.org or call (607) 438-5119 for more information. Spring Break at the Museum March 31 - April 21 Bring the kids to the Museum over Spring Break and enjoy special activities, including extended Make Your Own Glass hours, and special Hot Glass Show features. Take a free, one-hour family-friendly tour of the galleries. Hands-on crafts are offered each day of Winter Break, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Call (607) 937-5371 for more information. Families Explore: A Greener World April 15, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Get ready for Earth Day with music, dance, crafts, and other activities. Learn about the cultures and stories surrounding objects in the collection of The Corning Museum of Glass. Included in Museum admission. Registration not required. Drop-in activities throughout the day. Contact familiesexplore@cmog.org or call (607) 438-5119 for more information. Annual Student Art Show May 4 - 9, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Be inspired by the creative minds of local schoolchildren. Explore thousands of works by area students in the Museum's Auditorium! Free. Contact publicprograms@cmog.org or call (607) 438-5500 for more information. 2300°: GlassFest May 24, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  Kick off the third annual GlassFest in Corning, NY, and the opening of the summer exhibition at The Corning Museum of Glass. Watch architect and designer Paul Haigh in a GlassLab "design performance" and enjoy live music by The Makepeace Brothers. Free admission; some additional cost for food and drink. Registration is not required. Call (607) 438-5500 for more information. Meet the Artist: Fritz Dreisbach June 7, 6:00 p.m. Where were you in '62? Studio Glass artist Fritz Dreisbach offers a survey of the first decade of American Studio Glass through an interactive lecture. Free. Registration is requested. Please RSVP by June 5. Contact membership@cmog.org or (607) 438-5600 for more information. About the Museum The Museum is open daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (and open until 8:00 p.m. Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day). Adult admission to The Corning Museum of Glass is $15.00; kids and teens 19 and under, receive free admission. Local residents with ZIP codes beginning with 148, 149, or 169, pay only a $6 admission fee to enjoy all the Museum has to offer. Proof of residency is required.  The Corning Museum of Glass (www.cmog.org) is home to the world's most comprehensive and celebrated collection of glass, with more than 45,000 objects reflecting 3,500 years of glassmaking history. An independent, non-profit, educational institution, the Museum is dedicated to the art, history, science, research and exhibition of glass. Call (607) 937-5371 for more information.

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