Faculty and Staff: Diane C. Wright
History of glass, ancient to modern; studio and contemporary glass; stained glass, Louis C. Tiffany and Frederick Wilson
Diane C. Wright received her MA in the History of Decorative Arts and Design from Parsons the New School for Design, specializing in glass studies. She has conducted research and lectured on glass for a number of institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Blair House, the University of Washington and The Freer/Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian Institution. She recently completed a three-year term as a Senior Fellow in the American Decorative Arts Department at the Yale University Art Gallery where she pursued research on Yale’s collection of early American Glass and began building a collection of studio glass for the Museum. She has worked as an Educator at the Corning Museum of Glass where she taught about glass making history and techniques to students of all ages.
Ms. Wright has extensively researched the leaded-glass windows and mosaics of Tiffany Studios at churches across the country. Her graduate thesis presented the first in-depth study of Frederick Wilson, Louis C. Tiffany’s most prolific window designer and head of the ecclesiastic department at Tiffany Studios. In 2009 she published an article on the life and work of Frederick Wilson, in the Journal of Glass Studies (Corning Museum of Glass). She is currently a co-curator for the exhibition, “Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion” and contributied an essay for the accompanying catalogue (published by the Museum of Biblical Art in conjunction with D. Giles, 2012).
Ms. Wright recently joined the Pilchuck Glass School, where she is in charge of marketing and communications. Before that she taught courses and seminars on the history of glass at the Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons the New School for Design, and George Mason University. She has published on contemporary glass in Modern Magazine and the Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin. She is the recipient of the 2011 Rakow Grant for Glass Research from the Corning Museum of Glass.
“Innovation by Design: Frederick Wilson and Tiffany Studios’ Stained Glass Design,”Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion. London: Dan Giles in conjunction with Museum of Biblical Art, exhibition catalog, fall 2012
“New Acquisitions in Glass,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin, February 2012
Contributor, A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950. Yale University Art Gallery and Yale University Press, December 2011
“Pilchuck: Still Introducing Artists to Glass,” GASnews. Glass Art Society, October 2011
“Vitreous Verve,” Modern Magazine, Summer 2011
“Frederick Wilson: 50 Years of Stained Glass Design,” Journal of Glass Studios, 51 (2009), pp. 198–214, Corning Museum of Glass, 2009