Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly

The incredible art of Dale Chilhuly has a strong link to Fairchild. Chihuly has twice been the featured artist for Fairchild's art program.  There are three displays of Chihuly's blown glass that have found a permanent home at Fairchild. The End of the Day Tower, 2005 donated by the Clinton Family Fund, Copper Frog Foot Ikebana Stem and Lapis Blue Split Bud, 2008, which was purchased with funds raised by the 2006 Friends of Fairchld Volunteer Group and Cobalt Herons, 2005, donated by R. Kirk Landon.

View a photo gallery of Chihuly's art at Fairchild past and present.


                                                                                          Cobalt Herons, 2005


Copper Frog Foot Ikebana Stem and Lapis Blue Split Bud, 2008


End of the Day Tower, 2005


About the Artist

 Dale Chihuly is one of the foremost artists with works in over 200 museum collections worldwide. Chihuly is primarily lauded for moving blown glass into the realm of large-scale contemporary sculpture. The prolific artist employs collaborative teams and a division of labor as part of the creative process. His complex, multipart sculptures have made him a pioneer in the international movement toward establishing blown glass as an accepted vehicle for fine art. 

Born in 1941, in Tacoma, Washington, Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. After graduating in 1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the country at the University of Wisconsin. In 1968, Chihuly was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work at the Venini factory in Venice, Italy. While in Venice, Chihuly observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today. In 1971, Chihuly cofounded the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington.

Art at Fairchild is generously supported by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Lin Lougheed and Aaron I. Fleischman.