contemporary art

Dale Chihuly

United States 1941

Installation, Sculpture

Dale Chihuly
Dale Chihuly
United States
December 8, 2014

Dale Chihuly is an American artist and glass sculptor. He uses glass as the primary medium for his installations and large-scale sculptures.

Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly was introduced to blown glass technique and learned how to melt and fuse glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington, in 1961. In 1962, he drooped out of school to study art in Florence. He later traveled to the Middle East and met architect Robert Landsman. Their meeting and his time abroad spurred Chihuly to return to his studies. In 1963, he took a weaving class where he incorporated glass shards into tapestries. After graduating in 1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the country, at the University of Wisconsin. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he later established the glass program and taught for more than a decade.

Chihuly created several remarkable series of his work over the years, like Cylinders and Baskets in the 70s, SeaformsMacchiaVenetians, and Persians in the 80s, and Niijima Floats and Chandeliers in the 90s. He used his Cylinders to create glass-thread drawings on vessels inspired by Native American textiles. Colorful threads are carefully laid out in an intricate design and fused onto the vessel when it is in its molten stage. Baskets were inspired by Northwest Coast Indian baskets, struck by the grace of their slumped, sagging forms, capturing this grace in glass.

On several occasions, Dale was forced to stop his work progress. In 1976, while Chihuly was in England, he was involved in a car accident during which he flew through the windshield. His face was severely cut by glass and he was blinded in his left eye. After recovering, he continued to blow glass until he dislocated his right shoulder in a 1979 bodysurfing accident. No longer able to hold the glass blowing pipe, he hired others to do the work. Chihuly explained this change, saying ‘Once I stepped back, I liked the view’. This accident allowed him to see the work from more perspectives and enabled him to anticipate problems faster. Chihuly describes his new role as ‘more choreographer than dancer, more supervisor than participant, more director than actor.’

Venice has been the city crucial for Chihuly’s work. His Venetian series is an homage to Italian Art Deco vases, it’s aesthetic and symmetry. In 1968, after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, he went to work at the Venini glass factory in Venice. There he observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today. In 1971, Chihuly cofounded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. With this international glass center, Chihuly has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as a fine art. In 1995, he began Chihuly over Venice, for which he created sculptures at glass factories in Finland, Ireland, and Mexico, then installed them over the canals and piazzas of Venice.

Chihuly’s work is exhibited in more than 200 museum collections worldwide, including in the United States, Canada, England, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait. He has been the recipient of many awards, including twelve honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Dale Chihuly Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LASolo
2014Chihuly RediscoveredColorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, COSolo
2014Holiday Group Show David Richard Contemporary, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2014Dayton Celebrates Glass: Chihuly, Littleton, Labino and Beyond The Dayton Art Institute,Dayton, OHGroup
2014Glass Today: 21st-Century InnovationsNew Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CTGroup
2013Dale Chihuly - Solo ShowJane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJSolo
2013Dale ChihulyThe Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal,Montreal, QCSolo
2013Dale Chihuly: Ikebana: A selection from the Gerard L. Cafesjian CollectionCafesjian Center for the Arts, YerevanSolo
2013Chihuly Illuminated Halcyon Gallery - New Bond Street, LondonSolo
2013Private SelectionsNina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NYGroup
2013Summer Exhibition Featuring Lorenzo QuinnHalcyon Gallery - New Bond Street, LondonGroup
2013Hidden Away: 20th and 21st Century Works from the Permanent CollectionMiddlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VTGroup
2012Chihuly at the Virginia Museum of Fine ArtsVirginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VASolo
2012Chihuly VenetiansKimball Art Center, Park City, UTSolo
2012Dale Chihuly - Recent Works and New FormsTalley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TXSolo
2012Group exhibitionHalcyon Gallery - New Bond Street, LondonGroup
201250 Years of CollectingLouisiana Art & Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LAGroup
2012Studio Glass at 50: A Tradition in FluxUniversity Galleries at Illinois State University, Normal, IlGroup
2012Group exhibitionMarlborough Monaco, MonacoGroup
2012Venetian InspirationLitvak Gallery, Tel AvivGroup
2012Color IgnitedToledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OHGroup
2012Global + LocalThe Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FLGroup
2012Global + LocalMuseum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FLGroup
2012Image abstraction objectRussell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, ILGroup
2012From Private Walls: Pensacola Collects IiiPensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FLGroup
2012Mixed Modern Prints and GraphicsHalcyon Gallery - New Bond Street, LondonGroup
2012Studio Glass: Works from the Museum CollectionNorton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FLGroup
2012Fifty Years: Contemporary American Glass from Illinois CollectionsKrannert Art Museum,Champaign, ILGroup
2011Chihuly: NorthwestOklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OKSolo
2011Chihuly Venetians: From The George R. Stroemple CollectionFort Collins Museum of Art, Fort Collins, COSolo
2011Chihuly - Halcyon GalleryNew Bond Street, LondonSolo
2011Dale Chihuly: WhiteArthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LASolo
2011Dale Chihuly: New WorksTayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WYSolo
2011VelocityMuseum of Northwest Art - MONA, La Conner, WASolo
2011Dale Chihuly's NorthwestTacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WASolo
2011Dale ChihulyTraver Gallery, Tacoma, WASolo
2011Chihuly: Through the Looking GlassMFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MASolo
2011Art As ExperienceGalerie AM PARK, FrankfurtGroup
2011Celebrating Noma's CentennialNew Orleans Museum of Art NOMA, New Orleans, LAGroup
2011Our Community CollectsChrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VAGroup
2011Group ShowMarlborough Chelsea, New York City, NYGroup
2011TogetherMuseum of Northwest Art - MONA, La Conner, WAGroup
2010Chihuly Litvak Gallery, Tel AvivSolo
2010Chihuly at Cheekwood Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TNSolo
2010Chihuly at the FristFrist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TNSolo
2010Chihuly: A New EdenFrederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MISolo
2010Chihuly: Recent WorkNaples Museum of Art, Naples, FLSolo
2010Z depozitára II. Prírastky 2001 - 2010Liptovská galéria Petra Michala Bohúňa, Liptovsky MikulasGroup
2010Artpark: 1974-1984UB Art Galleries - University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NYGroup
2010The Vision of Contemporary ArtArtsonje Museum, Gyeongju BomunGroup
2010Paving the WayGlasmuseet Ebeltoft, EbeltoftGroup
2010New Acquisitions in GlassWexler Gallery , Philadelphia, PAGroup
2010The Art of Discovery - The Northwest Art Collection of the Junior League of SeattleBellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WAGroup
2010Eyes for Glass: The Price CollectionBellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WAGroup
2010A Selection from The Permanent CollectionGlasmuseet Ebeltoft, EbeltoftGroup
2009Dale ChihulySylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CASolo
2009Dale Chihuly Recent Glass and PaintingsJerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NCSolo
2009Chihuly illuminatedColumbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OHSolo
2009Chihuly Toledo!Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OHSolo
2009Dale Chihuly: ChihulyTalley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TXSolo
2009Dale Chihuly: MercurioTraver Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
2009Dale Chihuly: SeaformsFlint Institute of Arts, Flint, MISolo
2009Dale ChihulySchantz Galleries, Stockbridge, MASolo
2009Dale Chihuly: Legend and LegacyFlint Institute of Arts, Flint, MISolo
2009Dale Chihuly: Selections from the George R. Stroemple CollectionHunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TNSolo
2009Glass - Trends in Contemporary Glass SculptureLitvak Gallery, Tel AvivGroup
2009At 21: Gifts and Promised Gifts in Honor of The Contemporary Museum's 20th AnniversaryHonolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HIGroup
2009The Passionate Pursuit: Gifts and Promised Works from Donna and Cargill MacMillan, JrPalm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CAGroup
2009Blown Away: International Glass of the 21st CenturyFlint Institute of Arts, Flint, MIGroup
2009The Sea Around UsGlasmuseet Ebeltoft, EbeltoftGroup
2009Spring FormsSolomon Gallery, DublinGroup
20091999-2009: a region collectsVirginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Virginia Beach, VAGroup
2009The 37th International Glass Invitational Awards ExhibitionHabatat Gallery, Royal Oak, MIGroup
2009Old Works in New Light: Favorites from the Permanent CollectionReading Public Museum,Reading, PAGroup
2009Vitreograph Print ShowPrism Contemporary Glass, Chicago, ILGroup
2009Look ForwardTraver Gallery - Tacoma, Tacoma, WAGroup
2009Craft in America: Expanding TraditionsFuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MAGroup
2008Chihuly at RISDThe RISD Museum - University of Rhode Island, Providence, RISolo
2008Dale Chihuly - Solo ShowMuseum of Glass, Tacoma, WASolo
2008SeaformsColumbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SCSolo
2008Dale Chihuly - Black WorkArthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LASolo
2008Chihuly at the de YoungThe de Young Museum, San Francisco, CASolo
2008Dale Chihuly: Baskets, Cylinders and DrawingsTraver Gallery, Tacoma, WASolo
2008Breaking GroundGlasmuseet Ebeltoft, EbeltoftGroup
2008Contemporary Glass: Chihuly and BeyondNew Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CTGroup
2008FLUX - Reflection in Contemporary GlassNew Mexico Museum Arts, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2008The Secret Garden @ Iveagh Gardens Solomon Gallery, DublinGroup
2007Not really so simple: sculpture from the permanent collectionScottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art - SMoCA, Scottsdale, AZGroup
2007Warhol, Chihuly and Others: Showcasing New KIA AcquisitionsKalamazoo Institute of Arts,Kalamazoo, MIGroup
2007A Gathering Of Contemporary Glass: Artists From Haystack And PilchuckFarnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, MEGroup
2007Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft. Selections from the Wornick CollectionMFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MAGroup
2007Simply RedThe Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2007Group showEtienne Gallery, OisterwijkGroup
2006Dale Chihuly - Glass in the GardenDuane Reed Gallery, Saint Louis, MOSolo
2006A Glass PrimerMuseum of Glass, Tacoma, WAGroup
2006Seven Rooms Seven ArtistsL.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CAGroup
20061950 to NowThe Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FLGroup
2006Exposition de groupe , Group exhibitionMarlborough Monaco, MonacoGroup
2006A Transparent LegacySeattle Art Museum, Seattle, WAGroup
2006Glass - Material MattersLos Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006Opening the VaultSioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IAGroup
2006From the FlatfilesMadelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NYGroup
2005Chihuly in KalamazooKalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MISolo
2005Dale ChihulyMarlborough Fine Art London, LondonSolo
2005The Super Bowl Show: Still Life Prints, Drawings, Photographs and VesselsThe Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MIGroup
2005Nature Captured in GlassGlasmuseet Ebeltoft, EbeltoftGroup
2005Dual Vision - The Simona and Jerome Chazen CollectionChazen Museum of Art, Madison, WIGroup
2005Works on PaperMarlborough Chelsea, New York City, NYGroup
2005A kind of magic - The art of transformingKunstmuseum Luzern, LucerneGroup
2005Sculpting in Glass Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, ILGroup
2005Taking Shape: Pilchuck Glass School in the '70sBellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WAGroup
2005Sculpture & GardensSolomon Gallery, DublinGroup
2005Daniel Douke Rose Paintings Object Beauty Works by Gallery ArtistsJerald Melberg Gallery,Charlotte, NCGroup
2005The BluesGlasmuseet Ebeltoft, EbeltoftGroup
2004Chihuly Los AngelesL.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CASolo
2004Mille FioriSandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2004Dale Chihuly at the Reading Public Museum: A Celebration in GlassReading Public Museum,Reading, PASolo
2004Dale Chihuly - Mille FioriMarlborough Chelsea, New York City, NYSolo
2004Dale Chihuly Chihuly: Los AngelesFrank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2004Clay Glass Wood Metal Fiber: Selections from The Contemporary MuseumHonolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HIGroup
2004Through American Eyes: Two Centuries of American Art from the Huntington Museum of ArtTaft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OHGroup
2004Glass in Transit at GjethusetGlasmuseet Ebeltoft, EbeltoftGroup
2004American Studio Glass - A Survey of the MovementHeckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NYGroup
2004Glass - The RISD MuseumUniversity of Rhode Island, Providence, RIGroup
2004Venice Observed: Images of the Paradise of CitiesReading Public Museum, Reading, PAGroup
2004Can we see that one...?Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, EbeltoftGroup
2004Masters of their CraftFrist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TNGroup
2003Dale Chihuly New Glass SculpturesJerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NCSolo
2003Dale Chihuly: Selected WorkFrank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2003Dale Chihuly - Mille FioriTacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WASolo
2003Fire and Form - The Art of Contemporary GlassNorton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FLSolo
2003Exposition de groupe (Group exhibition)Marlborough Monaco, MonacoGroup
2003American Studio Glass - A Survey of the MovementFairfield Center for Contemporary Art,Sturgeon Bay, WIGroup
2003Of Fire and Ice: The Art of Contemporary GlassMadelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NYGroup
2003MelodramaMARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, VigoGroup
2002Dale Chihuly: InstallationsPhoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZSolo
2002Dale Chihuly: An Inaugural ExhibitionOklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OKSolo
2002Dale Chihuly: BasketsThe Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TXSolo
2002Habitats: Cocoon to Castles (Education Gallery)Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TXGroup
2002From Tiffany to Chihuly: 20th century art glassCollection of Mrs Ray Smith,Jr - Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2001Dale Chihuly: BasketsTyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TXSolo
2001Form from Fire - Glass Sculpture by Dale ChihulyThe Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OHSolo
2001Chihuly at the V&AVictoria & Albert Museum - V&A, LondonSolo
2001Glass and PoetryGlasmuseet Ebeltoft, EbeltoftGroup
2001SculptureL.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CAGroup
2000Dale Chihuly - The George R. Stroemple CollectionSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CASolo
2000Adventures in GlassGlasmuseet Ebeltoft, EbeltoftGroup
1999Chihuly - Masterworks in GlassNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACTSolo
1999Dale Chihuly: SeaformsPalmer Museum of Art, University Park, PASolo
1999Dale ChihulyHiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, HiroshimaSolo
1999Grand Opening Group ShowSherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MOGroup
1999Water - A Contemporary American ViewGibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SCGroup
1999The Art of CraftThe de Young Museum, San Francisco, CAGroup
1999Glass-Light-WaterGlasmuseet Ebeltoft, EbeltoftGroup
1999ReunitedGlasmuseet Ebeltoft, EbeltoftGroup
1999On the Ball - The Sphere in Contemporary SculptureDeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum,Lincoln, MAGroup
1998New Acquisition: Dale Chihuly, Tabac SeaformMissoula Art Museum MAM, Missoula, MTSolo
1998Dale Chihuly - InstallationsNorton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FLSolo
1997Chihuly Over VeniceThe Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DCSolo
1996An American Premiere: Chihuly Over VeniceKemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MOSolo
1996Dale ChihulyArthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LASolo
1996Dale Chihuly : On SiteFay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GASolo
1996Dale Chihuly: Installations 1964-1996Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MOSolo
1996Dale Chihuly - Solo ExhibitCharles Cowles Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1996Dale Chihuly: SeaformsThe Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DCSolo
1994Dale Chihuly: New York InstallationsBrooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, NYSolo
1994Dale Chihuly: Installations 1964–1994Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TXSolo
1994Dale Chihuly Opera Maquettes & DrawingsSmithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DCSolo