Region: Southern Tier
Committee(s): Chair–Strategic Planning, Advocacy
Rob Cassetti joined The Corning Museum of Glass in 1999, became a director of the Museum in 2001, and served as Senior Director of Creative Strategy and Visitor Engagement from 2007 until his retirement in 2020. During his tenure at the Museum, Cassetti developed and championed a series of signature programs—including the popular 2300° events, live hot glass demonstrations and the Hot Glass Show, mobile glassblowing initiatives, and GlassLab—that transformed the public profile of the museum. He also helped plan a major expansion of the Museum, and led an exhibit development team composed of writers, designers, and scientists to plan the Museum's Glass Innovation Center. The Contemporary Art + Design Wing of the Museum, based on Cassetti's master plan, opened in 2015. Cassetti holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts. He has spoken widely on museum planning and glass technology, including broadcast appearances on Discovery, NPR, Martha Stewart, The History Channel, PBS, and Netflix’s Blown Away. Prior to joining the Museum, Cassetti worked for more than 10 years as a glass designer with Steuben Glass. He has served as President of the Board of Directors of The Museum Association of New York, and a member of the Corning Incorporated architectural advisory committee. He lives in Trumansburg, NY.