'Growing up in the Glass City: Reflections from a Glass Curator on the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s Collection'

  • August 23, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

    1934 Poplar Avenue
    Memphis, Tennessee 38104
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“How do you become a curator of glass?” is usually the first question asked of Kelly Conway, former curator of glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York and the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia.  From growing up in the “Glass City” of Toledo, Ohio, to her recent assessment of the Memphis Brooks’s glass collection, Conway has pursued a career sharing her passion for the versatile and magical material of glass.  Join us on August 23rd from 6:00 - 8:00p for an illuminating conversation ranging from long-lost finds in the attic, climbing on ladders to see Tiffany glass, and her latest discoveries in our Museum. Reception will begin at 6:00p followed by the talk at 7:00p. 


Kelly Conway was the curator of American glass at The Corning Museum of Glass from 2013 to 2019. While in Corning, she co-curated and edited the museum’s 2017 exhibition and accompanying publication, Tiffany's Glass Mosaics, and she led the reinstallation of the permanent collection gallery, Corning: Glass in the Crystal City, commemorating the 150th anniversary of glassmaking beginning in Corning.  Conway was also the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, from 2007 to 2013. There, she led the design and re-installation of the renovated glass collection galleries, was a key member of the team that established a hot glass studio at the museum in 2011, and was a contributor to the 2017 publication, Glass: Masterworks from the Chrysler Museum of Art.  

Conway received a Bachelor of Arts in American history from DePauw University and a Master of Arts in the history of decorative arts at the Smithsonian Institution and Parsons School of Design.  Currently, she is working towards her doctorate degree in American Studies at the College of William & Mary, and her dissertation research focuses on the historical development of museums in the American South. 

Date & Time

Wed, Aug 23, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Venue Details

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

1934 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38104 Memphis Brooks Museum of Art