Today we are celebrating one of the world’s most talented blown glass artists, Dale Chihuly, who has a number of amazing exhibits around the United States to be seen. Many of these photos are from both permanent installations and traveling exhibits, and it’s fascinating to see how some of the same sculptures give different impressions in different settings. You can find upcoming exhibitions on his website.
Chihuly was born on September 20, 1941, in Tacoma, Washington, and started working with glass in 1965. A year later, he attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison on a full scholarship and enrolled in the university’s glass program, which was the first of its kind in the U.S. There he studied under glass artist and professor Harvey Littleton. He later went on to focus on his art and also co-founded the Pilchuck Glass School.
Here are some of the highlights of his work, with exhibits from Denver Botanical Gardens; Seattle’s Chihuly Garden and Glass museum; the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida; the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, Florida; the New York Botanical Garden; and my favorite of these, the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.
“Glass is the most magical of all materials. It transmits light in a special way.”
Denver Botanical Gardens
Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit, Seattle, Washington