Chihuly Drawings

March 1 - June 30, 2015 

Chihuly DrawingMuseum of Glass is proud to present Chihuly Drawings. This new exhibition, organized across mediums—graphite, charcoal, and acrylic—will show work that directly represents the energy behind Dale Chihuly’s artistic process. He describes this energy as “spontaneous, fast, immediate,” and this thirty-five- year survey of over 180 drawings conveys this immediacy as never seen before. The excitement of Chihuly’s two- dimensional work is in its unpredictability and organic expressiveness—the same elements that distinguish the artist’s signature work in glass.

“We are thrilled to be the premiere venue for Chihuly Drawings,” states Susan Warner, Executive Director of Museum of Glass. “As Chihuly is a co-founder of the Museum, it is always wonderful to have the opportunity to have his work on view. Chihuly Drawings is a natural part of the Museum’s goal to explain the story of the Studio Glass movement as a part of contemporary art. We know visitors will be amazed by the work on display.”

Regarded in the art world as someone who has transcended the craft medium, the drawings show Chihuly’s evolution and range as an artist. Guest Curator Barry Rosen worked extensively with Chihuly to select the pieces for this exhibition.

An exhibition catalog featuring essays by Matthew Kangas and Nathan Kernan will also be available for purchase at the Museum Store.

Chihuly Drawings will be accompanied by an audio tour accessible to visitors with smartphones through the STQRY app, as well as docent-led tours of the exhibition and the Chihuly artwork in the Tacoma Museum District including the Chihuly Bridge of Glass.


Sponsored by Wells Fargo and The Boeing Company

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Major sponsors: The Ben B. Cheney Foundation and The Halvorson Family Fund, JoAnn McGrath

Media sponsors: KCTS-9 and CityArts Magazine


STQRYEnhance your Chihuly Drawings experience with the STQRY audio guide! Download the app on your smartphone today to scan the audio tour QR codes in the gallery. Available on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 8.




Image credit: Dale Chihuly (American, born 1941); Basket Drawing, 2013; 30 x 22 inches.

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