Dale Chihuly

Biography

Dale Chihuly is predominantly known for his complex glass sculptures. Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. After graduating in 1965, he enrolled in the first glass program in the country at the University of Wisconsin, and he later established the glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design and taught there for over a decade.

Throughout his long career, Chihuly has defied categorization and stretched creative boundaries. Credited with restoring vitality to a craft that began centuries ago in Venice, he has taken glassblowing to new heights. Chihuly's interest in printmaking began over 15 years ago. His enjoyment in the spontaneous act of drawing has led to his continued pursuit of original printmaking, and like his drawings, the prints offer an intimate and alternative connection to his work in glass.

Chihuly's works have been exhibited internationally and are in the collections of close to two hundred museums worldwide, including: Akita Senshu Museum of Art, Akita, Japan; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia; Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Danske Kunstindustrimuseum, Copenhagen, Denmark; Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain de Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France; Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Musée d’Art; Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.

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