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The art of Dale Chihuly - Glass Art

Updated on July 11, 2016

Dale Chihuly's glass art

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Dale Chihuly

The art of glass blowing has been around since the times of the Phoenicians in the B.C. era. Glass blowers and makers alike have long kept their skills a secret. This solitude would last thousands of years and the glass was worth a lot due to it's rarity. Since glass workers worked by themselves, they hardly produced a lot of work and hence why the work would be expensive. A modern day artist out of Tacoma, Washington would change these ways of the glass blowers for generations to come.

Dale Patrick Chihuly was born in Tacoma, Washington on September 20, 1941. He had tragic early life losing his father to a heart attack and his brother in a flight training accident. With his mother by his side he graduated from high school and eventually attended College of the Puget Sound. After one year he transferred to the University of Washington where there he would join the glass making movement founded by Harvey Littleton. He would then go on to achieve a bachelor of arts degree in interior design and a Master of science in sculpture. An automobile accident in in England in 1976 threw Dale Chihuly through the windshield severely injuring his face. He has since wore a patch over his left eye.

What Dale Chihuly did that he's most known for is not even the art itself. It was the process that it took to make the art. Most glass blowers would keep to themselves but Dale Chihuly incorporated team work into the fraction hence producing more pieces faster. Also the level of sizes Chihuly's art is amazing. Structures stories high. Dale Chihuly's art is all over the world. He is the father of glass blowing and is credited with bringing glass blowing into the arts.

I personally love Dale Chihuly's pieces. I see a lot of articles and blogs that take away from what he's achieved. People are saying that his art is too vastly produced to be considered art. Anyone who follows art knows that his pieces are everywhere contemporary art is. I ask of those who know about Chihuly or just in general, "How do you feel about massed produced art"? Should it be an art at all? The fact that Dale Chihuly is mostly known for combining teams of people to create art at a consistent rate is why art critics wish to devalue his works and legacy.

Here are Dale Chihuly's exhibits schedules for 2015.


Atlanta Botanical Garden Atlanta, Georgia - 04.30.16 – 10.30.16

Chihuly Drawings Wichita Art Museum Wichita, Kansas - 05.21.16 – 09.11.16

CHIHULY at Schantz Schantz Galleries Stockbridge, Massachusetts - 07.08.16 – 08.28.16

Chihuly at the Sandra Ainsley Gallery - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - 04.11.15 – 06.07.15

Chihuly also has exhibitions in the following countries:




San Francisco




Permanent Installations

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Morean Arts Center

Franklin Park Conservatory

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Tacoma Art Museum

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Chihuly Exhibition History


Dale Chihuly

University of Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin.


Glass Environment: Dale Chihuly & James Carpenter

Museum of Contemporary CraftsNew York, New York.


Dale Chihuly: Indian Blanket Cylinders

Museum of Fine Arts, University of UtahSalt Lake City, Utah.

Dale Chihuly: Indian Blanket Cylinders

Institute of American Indian Art MuseumSanta Fe, New Mexico.


Dale Chihuly: Glass Cylinders

Bell Gallery, Brown UniversityProvidence, Rhode Island.

Dale Chihuly: Glass Cylinders

Wadsworth AtheneumHartford, Connecticut.


Baskets and Cylinders: Recent Glass by Dale Chihuly

Renwick Gallery, National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution Washington, District Of Columbia.


Dale Chihuly/VIDRO

Museu de Arte de São Paulo São Paulo, Brazil.


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    • jill of alltrades profile image

      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      These are absolutely stunning! I love them!

      Thank you for introducing me to the art of Dale Chihuly.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So beautiful! Nothing like being surrounded by such beauty. Thanks for the photos!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Wow - I love it. Thanks so much for bringing this artist to our attention.

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful artist. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of this talented person. God Bless You.

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      ChristineVianello 6 years ago from Philadelphia

      Wow, these pieces are completely amazing! I never seen anything like this.

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      epigramman 6 years ago of the coolest things that anyone can do here is to promote someone else's talents as an artist or a writer - and because I love art of all kinds I am very open minded - and I glad you found the art of Dale Chihuly so I could discover his genius ....... by the way what kind of music do you listen? I sense a musical flow throughout all of your hubs it 'intuition'

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      Felix J Hernandez 6 years ago from All over the USA

      TY again my new friend for checking out my Hub. I listen to Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Hip Hop (not ganster rap) I love old school r&b (motown man) classical to sooth my nights and digging old salsa music in spanish plus reggae keeps my feet going.

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      visionandfocus 6 years ago from North York, Canada

      I stayed at the Bellagio in Vegas last year and in their lobby they have this huge ceiling installation of Chihuly's--brightly-coloured jellyfish. It was awesome. I also have a calendar full of his artwork, but many of the photos at the beginning of this hub I haven't seen before. Thanks for including them!

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I saw some of his beautiful pieces at the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas. They're amazing. Thanks for an informative hub.

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      Felix J Hernandez 4 years ago from All over the USA

      Your welcome. That display must have Neenah special.

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      Maria Janta-Cooper 2 years ago from UK

      Thank you for introducing the art of Dale Chihuly. I always loved art in glass and own some beautiful (much smaller, though) artefacts too. Great introduction.

    Museum Exhibitions

    Across the world there are Chihuly exhibitions that are permanent and non permanent displays. Here they are listed.

    Addison Gallery of American Art Andover,

    Massachusetts Akita Senshu Museum of Art Akita,

    Japan Akron Art Museum Akron,

    Ohio Albany Museum of Art Albany,

    Georgia Albright-Knox Art Gallery Buffalo, New York

    Allied Arts Association Richland, Washington

    Arizona State University Art Museum Tempe,

    Arizona Arkansas Arts Center Little Rock, Arkansas

    Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

    Art Gallery of Western Australia Perth, Australia

    Art Museum of South Texas Corpus Christi, Texas

    Art Museum of Southeast Texas Beaumont, Texas

    Arts Centre Martinsburg, West Virginia

    Asheville Art Museum Asheville, North Carolina

    Auckland Museum Auckland, New Zealand

    Austin Museum of Art Austin, Texas

    Austin Museum of Art–Laguna Gloria Austin, Texas

    Azabu Museum of Arts and Crafts Tokyo, Japan

    Ball State University Museum of Art Muncie, Indiana

    Beach Museum of Art Manhattan, Kansas Berkeley Art Museum,

    University of California Berkeley, California

    Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham, Alabama

    Boca Raton Museum of Art Boca Raton, Florida Brauer

    Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana

    Brooklyn Museum Brooklyn, New York

    Cafesjian Center for the Arts Yerevan, Armenia

    Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

    Canadian Craft Museum Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Center for the Arts Vero Beach, Florida

    Charles H. MacNider Art Museum Mason City, Iowa

    Chrysler Museum of Art Norfolk, Virginia

    Cincinnati Art Museum Cincinnati, Ohio Cleveland

    Museum of Art Cleveland, Ohio

    Clinton Library and Archives Little Rock, Arkansas

    Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Columbia Museum of Art Columbia, South Carolina

    Columbus Museum Columbus, Georgia

    Columbus Museum of Art Columbus, Ohio

    Contemporary Art Center of Virginia Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, Ohio

    Contemporary Crafts Association and Gallery Portland, Oregon

    Contemporary Museum Honolulu, Hawaii

    Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution New York, New York

    Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington, District Of Columbia

    Corning Museum of Glass Corning, New York

    Crocker Art Museum Sacramento, California

    Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Bentonville, Arkansas

    Currier Gallery of Art Manchester, New Hampshire

    Daiichi Museum Nagoya, Japan

    Dallas Museum of Art Dallas, Texas

    Danske Kunstindustrimuseum Copenhagen, Denmark

    Daum Museum of Contemporary Art Sedalia, Missouri

    David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University Providence, Rhode Island

    Dayton Art Institute Dayton, Ohio

    De Young Museum and the Legion of Honor San Francisco, California

    DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park Lincoln, Massachusetts

    Delaware Art Museum Wilmington, Delaware

    Denver Art Museum Denver, Colorado

    Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix, Arizona

    Design Museum Gent Gent, Belgium

    Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit, Michigan

    Dowse Art Museum Lower Hutt, New Zealand

    Eretz Israel Museum Tel Aviv, Israel

    Everson Museum of Art Syracuse, New York

    Experience Music Project Seattle, Washington

    Dale Chihuly at work

    Chihuly at work

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