Spotlight on Dale Chihuly: Works from Museum of Glass Permanent Collection 

October 14, 2017 - Ongoing

Artist Dale Chihuly visited Italy’s V.S.M Venini and Co. on a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant in 1968 where he was entranced by the fluid movements of the glassblowing teams of Murano and their dramatic skills with the medium of glass. The visit inspired fifty years of experimentation and innovation which has made Chihuly synonymous with glass art.

In honor of Chihuly’s impact on the American Studio Glass movement and his continuing connection to Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest, Spotlight on Dale Chihuly: Works from the Museum of Glass Permanent Collection celebrates the artistic innovation of Dale Chihuly and introduces Museum of Glass (MOG) visitors to his work by showcasing nine intimate examples his work from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, including the Gibson Chandelier, acquired from a private donor in 2013. The exhibition will provide an artistic primer for visitors to learn about Chihuly’s various series and will be accompanied by photos of the artist in MOG’s Hot Shop and by a video presentation of his ambitious Chihuly Over Venice project, which resulted in “end-of-day” chandeliers like the Gibson Chandelier. Spotlight on Dale Chihuly will also feature a “Chihuly in Tacoma” walking tour, to connect visitors to the Bridge of Glass and Union Station Courthouse.


Chihuly_Gibson Chandelier     Chihuly_Jumping Horses Cylinder     Chihuly_Raw Sienna


This exhibition is sponsored by KBTC.



Image Credits:

  1. Dale Chihuly (American, born 1941). Gibson Chandelier, 2000. Glass; 128 x 79 inches. Collection of Museum of Glass, gift of Katie and Drew Gibson. (2014.3). Photo courtesy of Chihuly Studio.
  2. Dale Chihuly (American, born 1941). Jumping Horses Cylinder, 1976. Blown glass, assembled thread drawing picked up while hot, iridized; 11 3/8 x 7 1/8 x 7 5/16 in. (28.9 x 18.1 x 18.6 cm). Collection of Museum of Glass, gift of Elizabeth H. and Heinz K. Wolf. (2008.10.3). Photo by Duncan Price.
  3. Dale Chihuly (American, born 1941). Raw Sienna Macchia with Deep Red Lip Wrap, 2002. Blown glass, applied lip wrap; 18 x 27 x 23 in. (45.7 x 68.6 x 58.4 cm). Collection of Museum of Glass, gift of the artist. (2007.6). Photo courtesy of Chihuly Studio.  


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