The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, has named Diane Wright the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass, a position that has been vacant since Kelly Conway departed for a position at The Corning Museum of Glass in September. Wright, who is currently the marketing and communications director at the Pilchuck Glass School, will transition to her new curatorial position in March 2014, where she will be responsible for the display, interpretation, study, and care of works of art in the Museum’s glass collection of over 10,000 objects. Wright will be taking over as the Chrysler's extensive glass holdings will be given special focus as the institution reopens with expanded galleries for glass in April 2014.
Wright holds an M.A. in the history of decorative arts and design from Parsons The New School for Design, where she focused on glass. Prior to joining the staff of Pilchuck, Wright served as the Marcia Brady Tucker Senior Curatorial Fellow in the American Decorative Arts Department at the Yale University Art Gallery. She co-curated the exhibition “Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion” at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York and recently co-curated “Wheaton Glass: the Art of the Fellowship” at the WheatonArts American Museum of Glass in Millville, N.J.
Wright has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons The New School for Design, and George Mason University and has written on glass for Modern Magazine, GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly, the Journal of Glass Studies, and the Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin.
“Diane arrives with an impressive array of academic achievements and an extraordinarily wide range of practical experiences within the world of glass,” said Jeff Harrison, chief curator, in a prepared statement. “We are certain she will prosper as our new Barry Curator of Glass, and we are delighted to have her on the curatorial team.”