As a boy growing up near Corning, NY, David C. Burger visited The Corning Museum of Glass numerous times. He loved to watch the Steuben glassblowers at work. He decided that someday he would attempt glassblowing himself. When he was sixteen years old, he was invited to apply for and was accepted into, a one-year program combining his senior year in high school and his freshman year in college at the New School for Social Research in Greenwich Village, New York City. After attending Columbia College and law school, clerking for a federal judge, and then beginning work as a litigation attorney in NYC, David finally had the opportunity to try glassblowing.
David learned about the Experimental Glass Workshop (EGW) in Manhattan and signed up for an initial glassblowing class. He came to know William (Bill) Gudenrath, a glass artist intimately involved with EGW, and Amy Schwartz, who was also taking a glassblowing class there. Coincidentally, this is when Amy and Bill—who married and left NYC to build and run The Studio at the Museum—first became acquainted. David subsequently joined the EGW board of directors and served as chairman for several years during which time the name of the organization was changed to Urbanglass. He also became a good friend of Bill’s and acquired a large collection of his glass.
David’s connection to Corning has grown over the years, as has his desire to foster the next generation of young glassmakers. He became a member of Ennion in 2004. David then established The David C. Burger Endowment Fund in 2019 to support the development of young glass artists under 30 from the Corning region, allowing them to work at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass and further improve their practice.
Using this fund, The Studio has created the Regional Young Artist Scholarship, and the inaugural residency has been awarded to Jason Hitchcock. Jason is a hard-working emerging artist living in Corning, whose work is inspired by the oceans and the natural beauty found beneath the waves.
“This generous donation from David Burger has given me an opportunity to expand my knowledge and expertise as a flameworker/glassblower,” Jason said. “From renting time to taking classes here at The Studio, I’m able to continue pursuing what I love. This donation has really helped give me time to focus on building my work. Also, it’s been an excellent boost of motivation to keep creating and pursuing this art form.”
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Regional Young Artists Scholarship Recipients