Corning Museum: William Gudenrath elected president of Fellows

William Gudenrath has been elected president of the Fellows of The Corning Museum of Glass. He replaces Dena K. Tarshis, an independent art historian, author, lecturer and curator who passed away in M…

William Gudenrath has been elected president of the Fellows of The Corning Museum of Glass. He replaces Dena K. Tarshis, an independent art historian, author, lecturer and curator who passed away in March 2009. An independent artist and historian, Gudenrath also is the resident adviser to The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. He is an authority on historical hot glass working techniques from ancient Egyptian times through the Renaissance, and regularly teaches courses in Venetian techniques at The Studio. Gudenrath demonstrates techniques he believes to have been employed by glassmakers of the past. These are illustrated and described in a number of books and video segments including Chronicle: The Portland Vase (BBC-TV and A&E, 1989), Five Thousand Years of Glass (British Museum Press, 1991), Journey through Glass: A Tour of the Corning Museum Collection (The Corning Museum of Glass, 1992), and Master Classes from The Studio, volume 2, An Introduction to Venetian Techniques (The Corning Museum of Glass, 1998). In addition, Gudenrath co-authored with the Museum“s executive director, Dr. David Whitehouse, several articles on the manufacture and ancient repair of the Portland Vase for the 1990 volume of the Journal of Glass Studies. Gudenrath holds degrees in music from North Texas State University and the Juilliard School, and is on the International Advisory Committee of UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY. His works are sold in the Museum“s GlassMarket, as well as other exclusive stores and galleries nationwide. The Fellows of The Corning Museum of Glass are among the world“s leading glass collectors, scholars, dealers, and artists. The 57 members of the organization help to disseminate knowledge about the history and art of glassmaking and to support the acquisitions program of the Museum“s Rakow Research Library. Admission to the fellowship is intended to recognize accomplishment in the field, and is by invitation only.