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Paul Marioni Papers

Identifier: MS-0099

Scope and Contents

The Paul Marioni Papers primarily contains materials documenting his more than 30-year career as a glass artist, including information on commissions, exhibitions, grants and scholarships, awards and certificates, workshops presented and attended, conference agendas, clippings and articles and correspondence, both business-related and personal. The collection also includes some personal materials, dating from Marioni’s early childhood in the 1940s through the 1980s.

The collection is divided into eight series:

(1) Administrative, 1979-2013

(2) Awards, Exhibitions, and Projects, 1977-2017

(3) Commission Design Drawings, 1977-2009

(4) Correspondence, 1969-2013

(5) Published Materials, 1972-2016

(6) Teaching and Writings, 1973-2015

(7) Miscellaneous, 1958-2007

(8) Photographic Materials, 1940-2006


  • 1940-2017


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for public research. Researchers must make an appointment to view this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Paul Marioni was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1941. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1967 with degrees in Philosophy and English. After graduation, Marioni lived in Cincinnati for several years, where he married and started a family. He had begun working on cars as a young teenager and continued to support himself and his family this way. During this time that he decided to become an artist.

In 1969, the family moved to San Francisco, where Marioni studied film with independent filmmaker Robert Nelson, and in 1970 he starred in a Nelson film titled _Rest in Pieces_. In 1972, Marioni created the mockumentary _Hole_.

The same year Marioni appeared in _Rest in Pieces_, he met stained glass artist Judy Raffael. Raffael’s influence and Marioni’s newly discovered interest in light, reflection and refraction piqued his interest in working with glass. By the late 1970s, Marioni had developed an innovative technique for fusing color into stained glass, eliminating the traditional leading between panes, and integrating designs and imagery into molten glass, which was then hand-blown. His work is included in many museum collections, and he has taught at the Pilchuck Glass School, the Penland School of Crafts, San Francisco State University, the San Francisco Art Institute, the California College of Art and Crafts, and the Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey. He has also completed more than 100 public commissions and private commissions, some in collaboration with artist Ann Troutner.

Marioni has received many accolades for his work, including two National Endowment for the Arts fellowship grants (1976 and 1982). He is also a fellow of the American Crafts Council (1976), He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Glass Art Society (2004) and the Pilchuck Glass School’s Libensky Award (2009).

Marioni has two children, Dante and Marina. He and his wife divorced in the early 1970s after seven years together, and Marioni raised the children himself. Both Dante and Marina work with their father.


66.6 Linear Feet (13 flat boxes, 8 Hollinger boxes, 3 oversized folders, 7 roll boxes)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Unidentified design drawings in Box 25 OV must be evaluated by a conservator before researcher use. Other rolled materials may also require conservation prior to researcher use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Paul Marioni in 2013. Accession 2017.008

Processing Information

Processed by Mary Anne Hamblen, Hannah Cox, and Amanda LaLomia between 2015 and 2019.

Paul Marioni Papers, 1940-2017
A Guide to the Collection
Mary Anne Hamblen, Hannah D. Cox, and Amanda LaLomia
June 2016, September 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
Former Series (2) Commissions and Exhibitions, was divided to form two new series: Series (2) Awards, Exhibitions, and Projects, and Series (3) Commission Design Drawings. Revised October 2019 by Amanda LaLomia.

Repository Details

Part of the The Rakow Research Library Manuscript Collection Repository

The Rakow Research Library
The Corning Museum of Glass
Five Museum Way
Corning NY 14830 USA