Chrysler Museum Gets a Glass Curator


On Thursday Norfolk, Virginia’s Chrysler Museum of Art — which is currently closed for renovations and slated for a grand reopening on May 10 — announced that it has hired scholar and curator Diane C. Wright to be its new curator of glass. She’ll begin overseeing the museum’s 10,000-piece glass collection, to be more prominently showcased in the expanded galleries devoted to glass art, beginning in March.

Wright is currently the marketing and communications manager at Washington state’s Pilchuck Glass School. She has taught at RISD, Parsons, and George Mason University, served as a curatorial fellow in the Yale University Art Gallery‘s American decorative arts department, and received a research grant from the Corning Museum of Glass. She curated the Museum of Biblical Art‘s exhibition “Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion” and co-curated “Wheaton Glass: the Art of the Fellowship” at New Jersey’s WheatonArts American Museum of Glass.

“Diane arrives with an impressive array of academic achievements and an extraordinarily wide range of practical experiences within the world of glass,” the Chrysler’s chief curator Jeff Harrison said in a statement. “We are certain she will prosper as our new Barry Curator of Glass, and we are delighted to have her on the curatorial team.”

— benjamin Sutton (@bhsutton)

(P.S. We thought about changing the headline so that readers might not mistakenly think that the Chrysler Museum of Art had received some sort of strange statuette of a curator made from glass, but that image amused us so much that we decided to stick with our original headline. Look for ARTINFO’s inaugural Glass Curator award, to be given out later this year, maybe.)

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