For Immediate Release: December 15, 2010
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Anita Gross, Chihuly Studio
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Chihuly Exhibition and KEXP Receive Endorsement by Mayor McGinn for Seattle Center

Chihuly Studio announced today that Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is recommending to the Seattle City Council the development of the former South Fun Forest area on the Seattle Center campus for a comprehensive exhibition featuring the work of artist Dale Chihuly. Mayor McGinn will also recommend that radio station KEXP move into the Seattle Center’s Northwest Rooms.

“It is a privilege and honor that the Mayor is recommending this exhibition. Adding both KEXP and this exhibition to the Campus will help create a more vibrant and exciting experience for the neighborhood, the City of Seattle and out-of-town visitors”, said Dale Chihuly.

Chihuly is currently in Tel Aviv, Israel, at a gallery opening and attending the premier performance of the Israeli Opera’s production of Bluebeard’s Castle, for which he designed the sets. Leslie Jackson Chihuly, President of Chihuly Studio, spoke on his behalf at a press announcement with the Mayor, Council Member Sally Bagshaw, and others, held this morning.

“It is so important to us that this exhibition is here in Seattle – it’s a way for Dale, our family and our extended family in the arts community to give back, and acknowledge Seattle as a center of art, culture and creativity” said Leslie Jackson Chihuly.

Chihuly was excited by the invitation from the Wright family to exhibit artwork at the Seattle Center. He has not had an exhibition of his work in Seattle since 1992, when the Seattle Art Museum opened the Venturi building.

Chihuly plans for the exhibition to be a comprehensive exploration of his work presented in both interior and exterior spaces. It will include a Glass House featuring dramatic artwork suspended above open floor space to allow for community events and other activities. The vision for this project is to create an exciting indoor/outdoor exhibit that adds color and vibrancy in green, garden space, while providing a point of entry to the visual arts that appeals to all ages. The presentation features an interior exhibition of the artist’s work, a dramatic display of large scale installations in a garden setting, and newly created sculptures within the Glass House.

The Chihuly Exhibition, conceived jointly by the Space Needle Corporation and Chihuly Studio, will generate more than $1 million annually in lease payments and taxes to the city for up to 20 years. No public funds will be used to construct or operate the exhibition, which is expected to create 225 new jobs.

Non-profit organizations including Pratt Fine Arts Center, Pilchuck Glass School and ArtsFund will benefit from this project, and educational programs with Seattle Public Schools will be enhanced.

Ninety-seven exhibitions in seven countries have presented artworks by Dale Chihuly during the last decade, which have been enjoyed by over 10 million visitors. Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the medium of glass from the realm of craft to fine art.