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Chihuly Passport Edition 008
Welcome to Chihuly Passport, the latest updates on Chihuly exhibitions,
galleries, and events.

Exhibition Updates

Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibition Groundbreaking Event

Seattle, Wa
August 23, 2011


The official groundbreaking for the most extensive presentation of Dale Chihuly's artwork was held Tuesday, August 23rd on the 1.5 acre site at Seattle Center. Dale, Leslie and Jackson attended the milestone event along withSeattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Space Needle chairman Jeff Wright, all of whom placed the first shovels into the ground to officially kick-off the construction process. The Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition, scheduled to openin the spring of 2012, will feature works from many of Chihuly’s most popular series and architectural installations, highlighting the wide breadth and scope of Chihuly’s celebrated career. The project is privately funded byCenter Art LLC, a subsidiary of the Space Needle, and there is no cost to the city of Seattle or to the public. The project has formed partnerships and will continue to work with several local non-profit organizations includingPratt Fine Arts Center, Pilchuck Glass School, ArtsFund, and the Seattle Public Schools to further arts education and arts engagement for youth and adults within the Seattle and Northwest community.


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Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass

Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, Massachusetts


Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass, a major exhibition of new and early work presented at the Museum of Fine Arts, was seen by record-breaking crowds of more than 372,000 people.  Dale and Leslie traveled to Bostonfor opening events which included a sold-out lecture by Dale and several book signings.  The museum recently announced that it had successfully raised funds to purchase “Lime Green Icicle Tower,” toremain on permanent view in the museum’s Shaprio Courtyard

Chihuly | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass

Dale Chihuly’s Northwest

Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, Washington


The Tacoma Art Museum in Dale’s hometown of Tacoma, WA recently concluded an exhibition entitled Dale Chihuly’s Northwest, which presented new and early works representing Dale’s artistic influencesand inspirations over the last four decades.

Tacoma Art Museum - Dale Chihuly's Northwest

TAM Northwest Room
Gallery Updates




Pismo Gallery, Echt Gallery and Arthur Roger Gallery will each unveil the first full scale shows of Chihuly’s body of white works to include white Venetians, Soft Cylinders and Cylinders. Thepublic had a sneak peak of these works at Imago Gallery in Palms Springs in March as well as Traver Gallery, Tacoma in May.

Pismo Fine Art Glass Events

ECHT Gallery Chicago


White Venetian with Snow Flowers

SOFA Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

November 3 – 7, 2011

At the 17th Annual Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art November 3 – 7, Chihuly will feature a table of Silvered and gilded Soft Cylinders as well as other works presented by Litvak Galleryof Tel Aviv, Israel.

SOFA CHICAGO 2011, November 4-6, Chicago's Navy Pier


Toronto International Art Fair

Toronto, Canada

October 28 – 31, 2011

Presented by Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Chihuly will showcase several Silvered works at the Toronto International Art Fair at the Metro International Convention Center, October 28 – 31, 2011.

TIAF | 2011 Toronto International Art Fair

Toronto International Art Fair

Traver Gallery - Tacoma

Tacoma, Washington

May - July 24, 2011

Traver Gallery presented a show of Silvered, gilded, clear and white Soft Cylinders in celebration of Dale’s exhibition at the Tacoma Art Museum.

Traver Gallery - Current Exhibitions

White Soft Cylinder
Project Updates

Salk Institute

La Jolla, California


Chihuly's Sun sculpture returned to the Salk Institute's campus as a permanent installation. It was first exhibited there during the Institute’s 50th anniversary last April. Irwin and Joan Jacobs gifted The Sunto the Institute and the community which was unveiled during a ceremony at the Institute in April 2011.

Salk Institute | Where Cures Begin

Salk Institute

Wheelock Properties



Chihuly’s V&A Chandelier, first shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, has found a new home at Wheelock Properties new Scott's Square development in Singapore. The piece will be featured prominently inthe entrance atrium of the new exclusive residential/retail property. The Chandelier will be featured as part of a collection of public art including works by Henry Moore, Salvador Dali and Berner Venet among others.

Wheelock Properties

Wheelock Properties
Portland Press

Chihuly Garden Installations


Available through Abrams Books November 1, 2011

Chihuly Garden Installations explores the results of Chihuly’s nearly decade-long investigation into designing site-specific installations for some of the world’s preeminent gardens and conservatories. Thishandsomely illustrated book follows this investigation from its beginning at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago through botanic, tropical, sculpture, and desert gardens, ending with his installation at Cheekwood in Nashville,exhibitions which drew over five million visitors. Tracing the correspondence between his art and botanical life, Chihuly Garden Installations shows how the exchange between art and nature can shift from the harmoniousand tranquil to stunning juxtapositions of scale and color. Chihuly Garden Installations showcases the ever-fascinating arrangement of Chihuly’s unique glass sculptures among the natural beauty of the plants, flowers,and landscapes of these astounding gardens.

Portland Press - Official Dale Chihuly Online Store

Chihuly Garden Installations

Crisscross Ikebana


Available now

Utilizing broad expressive marks and a warm palette, Crisscross Ikebana is a magnificent 10 color intaglio print by Dale Chihuly. Employing old world print making techniques, Crisscross Ikebana’s complicated applicationsinclude sugar lift, aquatint, and a Kozo chine colle, creating the rich color tones found in Chihuly’s glass and works on paper. Elegant transitions between terra cotta, teal and purple highlight the graphic and unmistakablestyle of Dale Chihuly. Crisscross Ikebana is a limited edition of 75 and signed in pencil.

Portland Press - Official Dale Chihuly Online Store

Crisscross Ikebana
Chihuly History

40 years ago

Stanwood, Washington


Forty years ago this summer, on the site of a tree farm owned by Seattle art patrons Anne Gould Hauberg and John Hauberg, the Pilchuck Glass School experiment was started. A $2,000 grant to Chihuly and Ruth Tamura from the Unionof Independent Colleges of Art and funding from the Haubergs provided seed money. Pilchuck Glass School grew into an institution with a profound impact on artists working in glass worldwide.

Pilchuck Glass School

Lectures and Appearances

Morean Art Center, The Chihuly Collection

St. Petersburg, Florida

May 7, 2011

In celebration of their one year anniversary, Dale visited the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, Florida for a book signing, some press and a celebration reception. More than 124,000 people have enjoyed the exhibit sinceopening last July.

Morean Arts Center

The Chihuly Collection

Chihuly Emerald Spire Award CentryLink Field

Seattle, Washington

July 20, 2011

Dale and Jackson were on hand to present the Emerald Spire to Manchester United on July 20th during an on-field presentation at the Sounders FC versus Manchester United match. The Sounders FC and Dale entered into a five-yearpartnership in 2009 to create a unique piece of commemorative artwork that is presented to the club's friendly opponents. Chihuly created the striking Emerald Spire based on his Venetian series. The artwork boasts and emeraldfeather and stands approximately 20" high and measures 5" in width at its base.

Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma, Washington

September 18, 2011

To celebrate the successful conclusion of the Tacoma Art Museum’s Dale Chihuly’s Northwest exhibition, Dale gave a lecture at the University of Washington, Tacoma which was immediately followed by a booksigning and reception.