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4 Days | 3 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Jane Shadel Spillman

Jane Shadel Spillman retired from her nearly 50-year position as the Museum’s curator of American glass in 2013. On her work at the museum, she states, “I’m lucky to have worked in a place with such high standards. I’ve been very lucky that I chose a career that I’ve really enjoyed.” Throughout her career, she held a variety of curatorial positions and worked on a diverse body of projects. In 1978, Spillman was appointed associate curator of American glass. Jane has published numerous articles and books, including “The American Cut Glass Industry: T. G. Hawkes and His Competitors,” “White House Glassware: Two Centuries of Presidential Entertaining,” and “Mt. Washington & Pairpoint Glass, Vol. 2.” Energetic and curious, Jane is a world traveler who led museum member explorations to Europe and looks forward to sharing her knowledge of glass with Road Scholar participants.

Tina Oldknow

Tina Oldknow has been the curator of modern glass at the Corning Museum since 2000, a position that has allowed her to manage the reinstallation of the Modern Glass and Contemporary Glass Galleries and curate numerous exhibitions. Prior to her tenure at the Corning Museum, Tina 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 is the author of numerous glass-related publications, and served as the editor of the Glass Art Society Journal. Tina is also the editor of the Corning Museum’s annual New Glass Review, and served as a trustee of the American Craft council. Tina has a B.A. in art history from the University of California, and an M.A. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Stephen Koob

Stephen Koob is responsible for the care and preservation of all of the collections at the Corning Museum of Glass. This includes cleaning the glass and making recommendations for its handling, storage, display, and movement. He also oversees the maintenance and repair of objects in the Museum’s conservation lab, and provides documentation of such objects throughout their repair. Stephen collaborates closely with the curators and research scientist to evaluate new acquisitions for condition and quality. A member of numerous professional organizations, including the Archaeological Institute of America, Stephen is also a Fellow of the International Institute of Conservation and the American Institute for Conservation, and is part of the International Congress on Glass. He is the author of the book, “Conservation and Care of Glass Objects.”

Dr. Audrey Whitty

Dr. Audrey Whitty joined the Corning Museum of Glass in 2013 as the curator of European and Asian glass. Prior to joining the museum, she was curator of the Art and Industrial division of the National Museum of Ireland, where she oversaw the ceramics, glass and Asian applied arts collections. An advocate for contemporary glass and ceramics in Ireland, Audrey works on programs and exhibits with the Crafts Council of Ireland and Irish applied artists. She was the first female representative for Ireland to be appointed to UNESCO’s International Academy of Ceramics. Audrey is also a board member of the Irish Association of Art Historians, and has worked on a number of archaeological excavations in Ireland. She lectures and publishes widely on Asian and historical and contemporary European art and craft, and holds a Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin in art history.

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