Chihuly Garden and Glass, an exhibit at the Seattle Center in Washington, provides a look at the inspiration and influences that inform the career of critically acclaimed glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. The exhibit features the “Glasshouse”—a 40-foot tall, glass and steel structure covering 4,500 square feet of light-filled space. There are also galleries, a theater, bookstore, dining, a gift shop and more.
Chihuly was born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington. He 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. 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.
In 1968, after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, he went to work at the Venini glass factory in Venice, Italy. There he observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today. In 1971, Chihuly co-founded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. With this international glass center, Chihuly has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as a fine art.
His work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide. He has been the recipient of many awards, including 12 honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Chihuly Garden and Glass is located at 305 Harrison St. in Seattle, Washington. For information, including hours and admission prices, visit ChihulyGardenAndGlass.com or call (206) 753-4940.
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Lynne Tucker is a travel writer and photojournalist based in Palm Desert.