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All About Glass From the Crystal City and Around the World

Program Number: 9535RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/22/2014 - 4/25/2014; 12/9/2014 - 12/12/2014; 4/7/2015 - 4/10/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Corning, New York
Price starting at: $515.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc.; Crafts
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

In the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York, experience the history and mystery of art glass as you delve into the world-renowned collections of the Corning Museum of Glass. Lectures by leading glass scholars and artists set the stage for in-depth gallery exploration of this amazing 3,500-year old love affair between artists and the medium of glass.




Highlights

• Blow your own glass ornament and create a fused glass decoration during a workshop at the Corning Museum’s Studio.
• Learn about Steuben Glass and its founder Frederick Carder before visiting the Rakow Research Library and the home of a Steuben collector.
• Walk along the Market Street Historic District and enjoy an opportunity to explore its hot glass shops.



Activity Particulars

Walking and/or standing for up to one hour at a time. Wheelchairs can be accommodated.




Date Specific Information

4-22-2014

2014 Special Exhibition at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art: On Fire: The Nancy & Alan Cameros Collection of Southwestern Pottery.
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12-9-2014

2014 Special Exhibitions at the Corning Museum of Glass: Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass and Designing for a New Century: Works on Paper by Lalique and his Contemporaries, plus first Road Scholar program to visit the Museum after its new North Wing expansion - huge new galleries to see New Glass in a New Light. 2014 Special Exhibition at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art: On Fire: The Nancy & Alan Cameros Collection of Southwestern Pottery.
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4-7-2015

2015 Special Exhibition at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art: On Fire: The Nancy & Alan Cameros Collection of Southwestern Pottery.



Coordinated by Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center.




Corning

The southern gateway to the Finger Lakes region in western New York, Corning is a charming and historic community best known for the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass, as well as nearby glacial lakes and gorgeous panoramas.



Accommodations
Conference center on nearly 400 acres of unspoiled land with heated indoor pool - open mid-May through October.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
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.”
 
Audrey Whitty

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.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
  Painted Post, NY 3 nights
 Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Watson Homestead has been an Road Scholar super site since 1982. Comprised of over 500 acres, the site is located 15 minutes (8 miles) west of Corning. It was established by Thomas J. Watson (founder of IBM) on his birthplace - hence Watson Homestead.
  Contact info: 9620 Dry Run Road
Painted Post, NY 14870 USA
phone: 607-962-0541
web: www.watsonhomestead.org
  Room amenities: Heat and AC, some rooms feature an outside patio and are located one level below the dining room and classroom level - via stairs. Since we are a retreat center, individual guest rooms do not have television sets. There are television sets in three lounge areas available for guests.
  Facility amenities: Amenities on site and at no extra charge to participants include indoor heated pool, hiking trails, daily group newspapers, wi-fi capable in classroom and lounge areas, chapel, coffee/beverage, free parking and snacks.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $85 Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $85 Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
11 am. arrival You will be staying at Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center that night.
  End of Program:
10:30 am. departure You will be staying at Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking at Watson Homestead is available at no charge.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Painted Post, NY
  Nearest city or town:  Painted Post, NY
  Nearest highway: Interstate 86 (also called NYS Route 17)
  Nearest airport:  Elmira-Corning Regional Airport (ELM) located at exit 50 of I86.
  From End of Program
  Location: Painted Post, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Corning

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Watson Homestead
phone: 607-962-0541
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Watson Homestead staff are available to pick up participants from the bus terminal in Corning with prior reservations. Bus companies serving this terminal are Shortline (www.coachusa.com/shortline) or NY Trailways (www.trailways.ny.com) or Greyhound (www.greyhound.com or 800-231-2222).

 

ELM

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Watson Homestead
phone: 607-962-0541
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

thirty minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Watson Homestead staff are available to pick up participants from the Elmira-Corning Regional airport (ELM) with prior reservations. Airlines serving ELM include USAir, Delta, UNITED and Continental.

 
Driving Directions
  From Albany, Massachusetts & New England: Find your way to Interstate 88 (just north west of Albany, off I 90). Travel west on I 88 to Binghamton. Then go west on Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17) to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn right onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From Canada and Buffalo: Take Interstate 90 East to Rochester, then 390 South. Route 390 T's into Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17). Take I86 east to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn left onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From Jamestown and the West Travel east on Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17) to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn left onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From Pennsylvania and South: Travel north on State Route 15 N (future Interstate 99) from Harrisburg to Interstate 86 West (also NY State Route 17) at Painted Post. Take Interstate 86 West to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn right onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From the New York metropolitan area: Travel west on Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17) to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn right onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation and welcome to the Crystal City with two lectures, on the history of Steuben Glass and the other on brilliant cut glass made in the Crystal city.
(Tuesday, April 22)
   
 Lunch: Registration at 11 am in the lobby with this week's hosts. Lunch in the dining room is served at 12:30 PM. Lunch buffet includes a full salad bar daily in addition to featured entres.
 Afternoon: Jenny Monroe, site coordinator, will introduce the site, staff and program details. Then we will introduce group members to each other. Next we will commence our glass program with a lecture by Tom Dimitroff on the history of the Crystal City.
 Dinner: Dinner is served at 6PM in the dining room. We feature all-you-can-eat country-style buffet entrees with at least one vegetarian option and a salad bar with dinner.
 Evening: Retired curator of American Glass, Jane Shadel Spillman, will give a 7 pm illustrated slide lecture on how the brilliant cut glass industry began in Corning in 1868 and grew so large that the city was named the Crystal City in 1890.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: At the Corning Museum of Glass, we will blow an ornament, have gallery tours and lectures, plus have free time to explore the amazing collections that span 35 centuries and varied shops within this museum - the finest collection of glass in the world.
(Wednesday, April 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast entrees, hot and cold, are served at 8 AM in the dining room. Coffee, tea and decaf are available 24/7. In addition to three meals, three snacks will be offered each day to participants.
 Morning: Our first day at the world famous Corning Museum of Glass. We begin the day with our appointment at the Studio to blow an ornament and make a fused suncatcher. We will also have a lecture by Tom Dimitroff in the Carder Steuben Gallery. Then we'll walk across the parking lot to visit the main museum and do a quick walk through with Jenny Monroe introducing the various galleries of art, science and technology that span 3500 years of glass history. We will see the Hot Glass Show and other demonstrations.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at the Corning Museum of Glass Cafe, vouchers will be provided.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will have a docent-led tour of the Heinemann Collection - an amazing private collection of the best of contemporary glass from artists around the world, 1960s to the present. After a break of an hour of free time to explore on your own, we will re-group to have a gallery lecture by Jane Shadel Spillman, Curator of American Glass, on Louis Comfort Tiffany.
 Dinner: Dinner is served at 6PM in the dining room. We feature all-you-can-eat country-style buffet entrees with at least one vegetarian option and a salad bar with dinner.
 Evening: Opportunity to view films created by the Museum featuring master glass artists.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: More at the Corning Museum of Glass including the Rakow Research Library, the Conservation Laboratory and a gallery tour. Then off to visit historic Market Street district and have a wine reception at the home of a Steuben collector. Homemade ice cream!
(Thursday, April 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast entrees, hot and cold, are served at 8 AM in the dining room. Coffee, tea and decaf are available 24/7. In addition to three meals, three snacks will be offered daily to participants.
 Morning: We will visit the Rakow Research Library for a tour with Elizabeth Hylen who will show us its rare boook holdings. Our next stop will be a behind-the-scenes visit to the Museum Conservation Laboratory with a presentation by Steven Koob and/or Astrid vanGiffen about how they conserve glass in the collection and ready it for travel. Then we have another hour of free time at the Museum before lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at the Corning Museum of Glass Cafe, vouchers will be provided.
 Afternoon: We will have a docent-led tour of highlights of the historic collection from ancient glass through the European collection. Then after a final hour of free time, we will board our bus for a drive-thru tour of the Market Street historic district, an architecturally significant collection of late 19th century brick and terra cotta ornamented commercial buildings. We will visit the exquisitly restored home of a Carder Steuben glass collector, Dick Bright, in Corning's historic Southside neighborhood disctict and enjoy a Finger Lakes wine reception.
 Dinner: Dinner is served at 6PM in the dining room. We feature all-you-can-eat country-style buffet entrees with at least one vegetarian option and a full salad bar with each dinner.
 Evening: This evening's activity, a Watson Homestead tradition, is for everyone to help crank the ice cream, then it's your choice of toppings or home-made maple syrup!
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Guided tour of the western American art collections at the Rockwell Museum in downtown Corning. Also of note is the meticulous restoration of the 1893 Romanesque Revival Old City Hall building for the art collections in 1981 and again in 2006.
(Friday, April 25)
   
 Depart From: Farewell to all - maybe we'll meet again on a future Road Scholar program.
 Breakfast: Breakfast entrees, hot and cold, are served at 8 AM in the dining room. Coffee, tea and decaf are available 24/7. In addition to three meals, three snacks will be offered each day to participants.
 Morning: Check out of rooms after breakfast. We will travel to to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art for a guided tour. Your Corning Museum of Glass admission is also extended to today if you wish to return prior to your departure.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Corning and the Craft of Innovation


Author: Margaret B.W. Graham and Alec T. Shuldiner


Description: For those interested in the history of research and development at Corning Incorporated, this large volume combines both history of the company renamed after moving to its new location in the city of Corning in 1868, through the end of the 20th century. The processes, scientists, engineers, patents, and corporate expansion are covered with some photos, many notes and a detailed index.



Frederick Carder and Steuben Glass: American Classics


Author: Thomas Dimitroff


Description: This essential reference work provides a detailed study of Frederick Carder, his contributions to the Steuben Glass Works, and the captivating works of art he produced in glass. To dazzle and delight the reader, there are over 760 photographs and 450 line drawings, the vast majority of which provide illustration for 800 pieces of Steuben glass from the famous Rockwell collections. Reference material and photographs never before in print are provided. The text evaluates Carder and the Steuben Glass Works that he co-founded in 1903 in a critical light. It reviews Carder's lengthy and productive career, analyzes his changing role within the company, and places Carder's artistic contributions within the matrix of the international decorative arts industries of his time. A section valuable to all collectors is one in which many aspects of identification and evaluation are covered--signatures, relative rarity, and dating.



The American West: People, Places, and Ideas


Author: Suzan Campbell


Description: Permanent collection catalog for the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, NY. This collection of American paintings, bronzes, firearms and Native American artifacts was assembled by the late Robert F. Rockwell, local businessman, and established as a museum in 1976. It is an unusually fine collection of mid-to-late 19th and 20th century art works documenting the westward expansion movement, the popular illustrations created about it, and includes contemporary artists, many who are Native American.



The Corning Museum of Glass; A Guide to the Collections


Author: Richard W. Price, editor


Description: Full color guidebook of the 3500-year history of glassmaking using color plates of significant objects with full descriptions, plus chapter overviews of the various technological advancements through the ages. An exceptional pre-visit view of the museum and its collections or souvenir memory collection. Much of the book's information and its images can also be found on the Museum's website at www.cmog.org.



The Finger Lakes Book


Author: Katharine Delavan Dyson


Description: Travel guide to the top sites in the 14-county western New York State region, the Finger Lakes. Good for adding pre- and/or post-program activities. Good photos and maps included.



The Maverick and His Machine


Author: Kevin Maney


Description: The latest biography of Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM, and founder of Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center, on farm of his birth in 1879. Includes information about Watson and the Making of IBM. Author Kevin Maney of USA Today was the first biographer of Watson given access to the original boxes of personal and corporate ephemera that were sealed at his death in 1956.





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