Desert Botanical Garden

Chihuly Passport

Edition 002
Welcome to Chihuly Passport, a guide to the latest updates on Chihuly openings, exhibitions, and events.
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Museum and Exhibition Updates

RISD Catalog
Chihuly at RISD
Providence, Rhode Island
September 27, 2008 - January 4, 2009
Crowds lined up to see the Chihuly exhibition one last time during the show's final weekend at the new Chase Center at the RISD Museum of Art. More than 78,000 people visited the exhibition during its fourteen-week run at Dale's alma mater. As a legacy piece for their collection, the museum will acquire Gilded Frost and Jet Chandelier.
Chihuly at RISD Exhibition Information
Chihuly at RISD
RISD Catalog
Chihuly at Seymour 100
Tacoma, Washington
November 16, 2008 – February 22, 2009
Since its opening in mid-November, more than 18,000 visitors enjoyed the exhibition at W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Dale’s hometown of Tacoma, Washington – three times the usual attendance for this time period. Dale was pleased to provide the exhibition to the conservatory in celebration of their 100-year anniversary and is happy to know that so many people have enjoyed one of his favorite glass houses.
Chihuly at Seymour 100
W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory
Chihuly: The Nature of Glass
Phoenix, Arizona
November 22, 2008 - May 31, 2009
Chihuly: The Nature of Glass opened at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona before Thanksgiving. This exhibition is the ninth Garden and Glass exhibition and the first set in a desert environment. The fifteen installations located throughout the garden appear dramatic by night and by day. More than 134,000 visitors have seen the show since Dale and Leslie attended opening festivities at the garden in mid-November.
Chihuly: The Nature of Glass
Desert Botanical Garden
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Phipps has finalized their commitment to purchase three additional Macchia for their permanent collection. The Chihuly Collection at Phipps now includes Goldenrod, Teal and Citron Chandelier, Celadon and Royal Purple Gilded Fiori, Desert Gold Star, Paintbrushes and Cattails, and a grouping of Macchia.
Phipps Conservatory - Exhibition Information
Phipps Conservatory

Exhibitions Coming Soon in 2009

  • Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio will re-install their Chihuly collection in July.
  • The Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio will host a Chihuly exhibition in late September.
  • The Flint Institute of Arts in Flint, Michigan will feature the exhibition Chihuly Seaforms from June 6 – September 8.
The Chihuly Collection at Franklin Park Conservatory
The Flint Institute of Arts
Chihuly Illuminated at the Columbus Museum of Art

Gallery Updates

  • SOFA Santa Fe, New Mexico (June 11 - 14, 2009)
  • Traver Gallery, Seattle, Washington (opens August 2009)
  • Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Canada (opens September 2009)
  • Hawk Gallery, Columbus, Ohio (opens October 2009)
  • SOFA Chicago, Illinois (November 6 - 8, 2009)
*Please check the Chihuly website at for updated information.
Traver Gallery, Tacoma
Tacoma, Washington
March 14 - April 5, 2009
Dale will be participating in Traver Tacoma's upcoming Looking Forward show March 14 - April 5, 2009. The goal of the show is to recognize emerging artists (those who are creating exceptional works) in glass, selected by an accomplished artist like Dale. James Mongrain was selected to display a piece of his artwork alongside one of Dale's large Black Baskets. There will be other selections from Dick Weiss, Preston Singletary, Paul Marioni, Dante Marioni, and Benjamin Moore, to name a few.
Looking Forward at Traver Gallery

Portland Press

Full Size Hotshop Cover
New from Portland Press: Chihuly in the Hotshop
Portland Press was pleased to release its latest film, Chihuly in the Hotshop, to PBS stations nationally on November 1, 2008. Since that time more than 354 stations have picked up the show in 39 states nationwide with an estimated viewing audience of more than 3.5 million.
Chihuly In the Hotshop DVD from Portland Press
Majestic Macchia
2009 Studio Editions
This highly anticipated 2009 Studio Edition collection will be released on April 1, 2009. The collection includes Majestic Macchia, Misty Persian Pair, Ginger Plum Seaform, and Aspen Green Persian. These Studio Editions represent the vivid colors and forms found in Chihuly's unique work, including Chihuly's newest series, Black (Majestic Macchia). Portland Press is proud to present these new Studio Editions.
Misty Blue Persian Ginger Plum Seaform Aspen Green Persian
Other Portland Press Editions
Reeds Before
Coming Soon: Lithograph, Reeds Before, 2009
Reeds Before---five layers of handwork revealed behind a veil of dual-colored, pearlescent Reeds, includes signature in gold by Chihuly.
Other Lithographs by Dale Chihuly
BB Main
Limited Edition Book and Prints, Chihuly Black
A limited edition book with a tri-fold intaglio print titled, Las Tres Hermanas Ikebanas, is now available, handsomely packaged in a leather-bound clamshell. Created using the sugarlift intaglio method, Las Tres Hermanas Ikebanas reveals delicate brush movement highlighted by the artist’s fingerprints in iridescent acrylics. In keeping with his latest work in black, Chihuly applied a blow-torch technique to each print, creating a novel texture never before seen in Chihuly’s limited edition original prints. Chihuly Black is an edition of 125.
Chihuly Black from Portland Press
Hotshop Bluray
Chihuly in the Hotshop Blu-ray
November 1, 2008 marked the national television debut of Chihuly in the Hotshop through American Public Television. A copy of this program can be found in a DVD/book combination or can be purchased in the newly released Blu-ray version.
Chihuly in the Hotshop Blu-ray edition from Portland Press
Art Kit Book
Chihuly Art Kit Activity Book
Ten artist-inspired activities are included in a spiral bound hardcover with easy tear-out paper and stickers. This kit received the 2007 NAPPA Gold Award.
Chihuly Art Kit Activity Book from Portland Press

Lectures & Appearances

Palm Springs
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Palms Springs, California
January 6, 2009
Dale and Leslie were happy to attend one of their favorite annual events - the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Dale created a Cobalt Feather Piccolo Venetian for award recipients, including directors Gus Van Sant, Adrian Sitaru, Yojiro Takita, and actress Amy Adams.
2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival
TED logo
TED 2009
Dale and Leslie were invited to attend the annual TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Conference. This prestigious conference brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers, who speak about their lives and experiences. Dale gave a presentation pertaining to his history with and interests in interior architecture and environmental installations.
2009 TED Conference
Inauguration 2009
Inauguration 2009
Dale and Leslie were thrilled to attend the compelling and historic inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C. Along with their 2 million best friends from around the US and the world, they enjoyed the opening ceremony concert at the Lincoln Memorial, a candlelight bi-partisan dinner at Union Station where Biden and Obama spoke and Carol King performed, the Huffington Post party, the Google party, and the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol steps. It was amazing to witness so many people behaving so well in freezing cold temperatures with much walking and waiting! We all share high hopes and great dreams for education, healthcare, and the arts in the next 4-8 years!
Dale and Leslie at the Inauguration (seated within the crowd)
Coming up in 2009:
Bellagio Book Signing Event - Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
May 2, 2009
Signing his most recent book, Chihuly Black, along with his other publications, Dale will be at the Bellagio Hotel on May 2, 2009 at 1 PM for a one hour book signing event and to personally introduce the 2009 Portland Press Editions.
Chihuly at the Bellagio