From the Field

American Academy in Rome Affiliated Fellowship

November 15, 2016

The Second Samuel H. Kress Foundation/AAMD Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome Awarded to Karol B. Wight, President and Executive Director of The Corning Museum of Glass

The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the American Academy in Rome (AAR) are pleased to announce that the second Samuel H. Kress Foundation/AAMD Affiliated Fellow is Karol B. Wight, the president and executive director of The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY.  During her fellowship, she will focus on research and planning for two major exhibition projects in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Culture.  The first project titled, “Sleeping Beauty” will be an exhibition on the history of glass and glassmaking in the northern Adriatic, and the second will be a traveling exhibit on ancient to modern cameo glass. 


This fellowship is an exciting continued partnership that supports AAMD’s mission of fostering excellence in art museums.  The residency at the American Academy in Rome provides the time and opportunity for a museum director to conduct independent research that benefits both the institution and the field, and gives the Fellow access to a diverse community of artists, thinkers, and scholars with whom to engage and share ideas. 


About the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

The mission of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation (est. 1929) is to sustain and carry out the original vision of its founder, Samuel H. Kress (1863-1955). The Samuel H. Kress Foundation supports the work of individuals and institutions engaged with appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of the history of European art and architecture from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era.


About the American Academy in Rome

Founded in 1894, the American Academy in Rome is the premier overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities. The Academy supports innovative artists, writers, and scholars living and working together in a dynamic international community on its 11-acre campus at the highest point within the walls of Rome.


Above: Photo courtesy of Karol B. Wight