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Joel Philip Myers Papers

Identifier: MS-0105

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the career of Studio Glass artist Joel Philip Myers. It is divided into eight series, two of which of been further arranged in subseries. The series arrangement of the materials is as follows:

(1) Interviews, 2007

(2) Portfolios, 1986, 2006

(3) Projects, 1975-1976, 1993

(4) Published Materials, 1965-2014

(5) Writings, 2004

(6) Miscellaneous, 1976-2013

(7) Photographic Materials, 1958-2008

(8) Posters, Circa 1970-1999


  • 1958-2014


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

Joel Philip Myers is a contemporary glass artist, who was born in Patterson, New Jersey, in 1934. In 1951, he entered the Parsons School of Design, and graduated with honors in the Department of Advertising Design. In 1963, he received his BFA in Ceramic Design from New York State College, and began working for the Blenko Glass Company in Milton, West Virginia as the the design director. While at Blenko, Myers honed his glassblowing skills, and in 1968, earned his MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University in New York. Myers left Blenko in 1970 to begin the glass department at Illinois State University, Normal. Although he officially retired from teaching at Illinois State in 1997, Myers continued teaching and making glass.

Myers is widely recognized as a pioneer of the Studio Glass movement. For his accomplishments in the field of contemporary glass, he has been recognized as an honorary life member of the Glass Art Society and a fellow of the American Crafts Council. He also received a craftsman's fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.


23.4 Linear Feet (18 Hollinger boxes, 1 half Hollinger box, 1 flat box, and 4 roll boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Joel Philip Myers and Karen Birthe Ericksen Noer Myers in 2018.

Accession 2018.006.

Materials previously received from Joel Philip Myers in 2006 and accessioned in 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Hannah D. Cox in 2018.

Joel Philip Myers Papers, 1958-2014
A Guide to the Collection
Hannah D. Cox
October 2018
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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