Gilded Age Art, Design & Technology
April 23-26, 2017
Kelly Conway, Curator of American Glass, Corning Museum of Glass
Kelly Conway was appointed Curator of American Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass in 2013. Her research focuses on the history of American glass from the late 18th to early 20th centuries. She is the co-curator of the forthcoming CMoG exhibition, Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics, and is the co-editor and contributor to the accompanying publication. From 2007 to 2013, Conway was the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, where she worked on such key initiatives as Art of Glass 2 (a regional program celebrating contemporary glass through exhibitions and educational offerings), establishing the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, reinstalling the glass collection galleries, which opened in 2014, and co-authoring the forthcoming publication, Glass: Masterworks from the Chrysler Museum of Art.
Conway received her master’s degree in the History of Decorative Arts at the Smithsonian Institution and Parsons School of Design and her bachelor of arts in American History from DePauw University. She lectures extensively on the history of glass, and is a member of the International Council of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Curators, and is on the board of directors of the Glass Art Society.
John Stuart Gordon, Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts, Yale University Art Gallery
John Stuart Gordon received a B.A. from Vassar College, a M.A. from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture, and a Ph.D. from Boston University. John works on all aspects of American decorative arts and material culture, but his specialties are silver, modernist designs of the 1920s and 1930s, and postmodernism. In addition to his curatorial work, he supervises Furniture Study, the Art Gallery’s expansive study collection of American furniture and wooden objects.
Stephen Harrison, Curator of Decorative Art & Design, The Cleveland Museum of Art
Stephen Harrison is responsible for a diverse collection of ceramics, glass, metalwork, and furniture representing European, American, and Asian export material from 1500 to the present. He joined the museum in 2005 and has worked on numerous projects, including the complete redesign and reinstallation of the museum’s decorative arts collection. His award-winning exhibition Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique garnered international critical acclaim, including the 2009 Robert C. Smith Award from the Decorative Arts Society in America. Before coming to Cleveland, Harrison was the curator of decorative arts at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, where he oversaw the complete reinstallation of the High’s collection of American and European decorative arts while simultaneously expanding its 20th-century holdings. He has also held curatorial positions in New Orleans and Dallas.
Harrison is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar. He earned an MS in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in early American material culture from the Winterthur Museum Program at the University of Delaware.
Paul Miller, Curator, The Preservation Society of Newport County
Paul F. Miller has been Curator of The Preservation Society of Newport County since 1995; a graduate of The John Hopkins University and a former Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, his specialty is in the field of Gilded Age architectural interiors. In addition to multiple restoration projects in Newport, recent exhibitions include Gothic Art in the Gilded Age: the Gavet, Vanderbilt, Ringling Collection, in conjunction with the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and most recent publications include “Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Arbiter Elegantiarum” in the Journal of the History of Collecting, Oxford University Press (2015) and “Handelar’s Black Choir” in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Journal.
Libby O'Connell, Author & Historian
Libby O’Connell is the author of The American Plate: A History in 100 Bites, which uses food and drink as a lens that enriches our understanding of history. Dr. O’Connell currently serves as a White House-appointed Commissioner on the United States World War I Centennial Commission. She is also the Chief Historian Emeritus at History Channel, where she worked for 23 years in education and corporate social responsibility. She appears as a commentator on History and A&E, as well as the Today Show, CNN, and other news channels. Libby O’Connell’s work in television, historic preservation, and education has received four national Emmy awards and numerous other honors. She received her Ph.D. in American history from the University of Virginia.
Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History, University of Virginia
Richard Guy Wilson holds the Commonwealth Professor's Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia. A frequent lecturer and television commentator, he has also published widely with many articles, exhibits, and books on different aspects of American and modern architecture, including The American Renaissance (1979), McKim, Mead & White, Architects (1982) Machine Age in America (1986), Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village (1993, 2009), Campus Guide: University of Virginia (1999, 2012), The Colonial Revival House (2004), Harbor Hill: Portrait of a House (2008) and Edith Wharton at Home (2012). Since 1979 he has led the Victorian Society’s 19th Century Summer School, currently located in Newport, RI.