World–renowned glass artist Paul J. Stankard is a 1963 graduate, earning a diploma in scientific glassblowing.
While working as a scientific glassblower, Mr. Stankard
eventually turned his full attention to glass art. Today, he is known internationally for his delicate, nature-themed paperweights and botanical glass sculptures. He is cofounder of the Creative Glass Center of America at Wheaton Village and has taught throughout the United States and abroad.
Mr. Stankard’s works are featured in 35 public collections in museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Smithsonian Institute; the Corning Museum of Glass; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Palais du Louvre; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Gallery of Salem Community College’s new Glass Center is named in his honor.
He and his wife, Patricia, live and work in Mantua, New Jersey. They have five grown children—Christine, Pauline, Katherine, Joseph and Philip.