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Stankard finds many corresponding themes between his work and that of Walt Whitman:

“As an artist who has worked with my hands in glass for 35 years, the line "the narrowest hinge in my hand puts to scorn all machinery" continues to amaze me. And the native flowers he chose to write about like pokeberries and common mullein are easily overlooked, ordinary. He speaks of the ant's perfection, the egg of a wren. 

Experiencing the plant kingdom with Whitman energizes me. I have internalized his works with my feelings to recapitulate and rework those feelings in glass. His work informs my aesthetic and elevates my expectations of myself as an artist. What Whitman did with words, I seek to do with glass on a visual level. My dream is to articulate fresh information about nature in glass. My work is driven by respect for living things, and by delicacy and detail. I try to match Whitman's depth of feeling with my own passion and skill. You have to bring something to Whitman - it isn't immediately available at first. I want from the viewer the same openness, curiosity, and maturity that are needed for Whitman's work.”

 Paul Stankard is one of the most prestigious and world-renown glass artists, famed for encasing his extremely delicate sculptures of flowers and insects in globes or cubes of clear glass. He is the recipient of numerous awards and holds two honorary doctorates. Stankard's work has been shown across the United States and Europe and in Japan and Taiwan. He is currently a Fellow at the Corning Museum of Glass and serves as a founding board member of the Creative Glass Center of America in Millville, New Jersey.



Salem Community College, Pennsgrove, New Jersey

Rowan University, 1997, Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Glassboro, New Jersey

Muskingum College, 2007, Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, New Concord, OH.

Salem Community College Honorary Associate Degree

Selected Public Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenan, WI

Birmingham Art Museum, B, AL

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA

Brooklyn Museum, NY

Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA

Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Corning Museum of Glass, NY

GlasMuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark

Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art,

Sapporo, Japan

Huntington Museum of Art, WV

Hsinchu Cultural Center, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN

The JB Speed Museum, Louisville, KY

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

Milwaukee Art Museum, WI

Mint Museum of Craft and Design,

Charlotte, NC

Mobile Museum of Art, AL

Morris Museum of Arts and Sciences, NJ

Musee des Arts Decoratif, Palais du Louvre,

Paris, France

Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

National Museums of Scotland,

Edinburgh, Scotland

Newark Public Museum, Newark, NJ

New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of

American Art-The Smithsonian

Institution, Washington, DC

Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art,

Lorretto, PA

Suwa Museum, Toyoda, Japan

Tittot Glass Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Toledo Museum of Art, OH

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts,

Hagerstown, MD

Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, WI

 Selected Public Exhibitions 

"Floating World: Exhibition of Paul J. Stankard" - Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland, MI 2006; Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix, AZ, 2006; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL, 2006;  Leigh Yawkey
Woodson Museum, Wausau, WI,  2006; Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, 2005; Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ, 2004; Museum of Arts and Design, NY, 2004;
"Northern Light: Exhibition of International Glass Art Celebrating 10 Years of North Lands Creative Glass," North Lands Creative Glass, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2006
"Paul Stankard - Glass Flowers and Walt Whitman,"  James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist Lecture, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian  American Art Museum, Washington DC, 2006
"The 9th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, " University of Hawaii,  Honolulu, HI, 2005
"Paul J. Stankard: Paperweight," Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA, 2005
"Where there's Smoke...Ceramics and Glass," Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 2005
"Blowing Hot, Cutting Cold: 35th Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement," Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, IL, 2005
 "Sculpting in Glass," Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2005
 "Magnificent Extravagance: Artists and Opulence," Charles A Wustrum, Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI, 2005

 "Kanaz Forest of Creation Glass Art Exhibition," Kanaz Forest of Creation, Japan, 2005
"Poetic Vision of Nature: The Solo Exhibition of Paul Stankard", Tittot Glass Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, 2003
 "The 8th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition", University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, 2002 (catalog)
"Paul Stankard: Homage to Nature A thirty Year Retrospective", Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA, 2002
"2001 Contemporary Glass Exhibition", Beijing to Shanghai, China, 2001
"Paul J. Stankard", Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY, 2000
"Defining Craft I", American Craft Museum, New York City, NY, 2000
"Glass!, Glorious Glass!", Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC, 1999