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Artist Files: Home

The Rakow Research Library's Artist Files are an ever growing set of research materials on contemporary glass art and craft. New and established glassmakers, designers, and artists are welcome to contribute to this collection.

Shelf with files, label says Vertical Files

What are the Artist Files?

The Artist Files at the Rakow Library are a research collection made up of materials that can help contextualize a person's body of work. They are particularly useful for museum staff, appraisers, collectors, artists, and, of course, curious individuals. An individual file may contain business cards, articles, ephemera, and other documents that span an artist's career.  Our Artist Files collection is available for research in-person at the Rakow Research Library. This collection continues to grow as glassmakers, designers, and artists contribute materials to expand current files as well as to establish new ones. 

What kind of materials are found in the Artist Files? 

The Artist Files are made up of a range of materials including: 

  • Magazine and newspaper clippings
  • Resumes and CVs
  • Business Cards
  • Postcards
  • Gallery Announcements
  • Other Ephemera such as Stickers, Pamphlets, Advertisements, photos, and more

Submitting Digital Materials

Born digital content such as PDFs, Word documents, and online articles can be emailed to These materials will be printed and the hard copy will be added to the folder. Digital copies will not be stored for future use. Please use the subject line "Artist File Submission" and include the name of the artist in the body of the email. At this time, we are not able to document online videos, social media pages, or digital books if the content cannot be printed.

Sending Physical Materials

Physical materials can be submitted by mail.  Please include a note or sheet with your submissions that specifies your name, especially when submitting gallery announcements, exhibition catalogs, or other materials that include names of multiple individuals or groups. Send submissions to: 

ATTN: Artist Files Donation
Rakow Research Library
Corning Museum of Glass
Five Museum Way
Corning, NY 14830

Anatomy of an Artist Files Folder

Example contents from Preston Singletary's folder include gallery announcements both in postcard and letter form, a magazine article, and promotional materials. 

Example contents from Richard Craig Meitner's folder include gallery announcements, postcards, an article, a short biography, a price list from a gallery, and a short catalog from a gallery show. 

Example contents from Katherine Bernstein's folder include resume, gallery announcements, and a scanned article.