Where to find Dale Chihuly in your state (FALL 2022)
Article by Caroline Haller
Dale Chihuly (b. 1941, Washington) is a world-renowned glass blower and artist. His iconic sculptures are almost instantly recognizable for their often monumental, brilliantly colored and technically proficient nature.
Chihuly was born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington. In 1965, Chihuly was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design in interior design from the University of Washington. While at the University of Washington, Chihuly had studied glass fusing, weaving and taken time abroad in Florence, Italy and the Middle East to study art. By 1965, Chihuly was working with glassblowing as he attended the University of Wisconsin- Madison, from which he earned a Master of Science degree in sculpture. Additionally, Chihuly attended Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), obtaining a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture. Chihuly has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant for his glassblowing and also studied it in Italy. In 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin.
Today, Chihuly frequently participates in exhibitions around the United States and internationally. These instillations are typically temporary. However, with art in over 400 permanent collections around the world. It shouldn’t be hard to track down a Chihuly.
Recently, Chihuly created a unique instillation at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in the desert of Arizona. (Figure 1) Dale Chihuly’s exhibit inspired by the Arizona Desert Landscape also took place at the Arizona Botanical Garden. (Figure 2)
Figure 1. Dale Chihuly. Instillation at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. Chihuly in the Desert. December 3rd, 2021- June 19th, 2022.
Figure 2. Dale Chihuly. Instillation at the Arizona Botanical Garden. Chihuly in the Desert. December 3rd, 2021- June 19th, 2022.
The six-part instillation was known as “Chihuly in the Desert” and comprised of Chihuly’s alabaster and amber interpretation of desert flora. The artist created red reeds and bulbous glass floats in the pond. The thousands of pieces were made in Chihuly’s studio in Seattle, Washington before being transported to Arizona. Chihuly noted that it was a “dream come true” to be able to create this instillation. The instillation ran through June 19th, 2022.
Unfortunately, I was unable to go see it this summer! But it made me question where else I might be able to see a Chihuly piece closer to where I live!
I am always blown away (pun intended if you’ve watched the Netflix show) at the amazing things Chihuly is able to accomplish with glass! I’ve stumbled upon a few Chihuly works in places I didn’t expect. So, I thought I’d make a list of where one might find Chihuly works in their state! That way, if you are wondering how far you have to drive to gaze upon a majestic piece of glass in person, you’ll have a guide!
Some common places you might find his work include museums, botanical gardens and public buildings. The places listed below feature large installations, chandeliers and “Persians” which are poetic creative forms, among other works by Chihuly. Additionally, I have included a few bonuses that are time sensitive as they are exhibitions.
The list below is by no means comprehensive! Let me know what I’ve missed so we can add it!!
- Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama (Amber Luster Chandelier)
- Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama (Birmingham Persian Wall)
- Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama
- At the moment you’ll have to travel to the continental United States, or Hawaii, to view public installations of Chihuly’s work.
- Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona
- Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
- Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
- Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas
- Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
- University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, California
- Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California
- Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California
- Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
- de Young Museum, San Francisco, California
- Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
- Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, California
- San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California (Nuutajarvi Turquoise Chandelier, San Jose Chandelier-Cadmium Yellow, San Jose Chandelier- Cadmium Red)
- Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, California
- Soka University of American, Aliso Viejo, California (Blue Jules- Founders Hall Art Gallery)
- Sobrato Office Tower at 488 S. Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, California (Sobrato Chandelier)
- Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs Colorado
- Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood, Colorado
- Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
- Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Denver Botanic Garden, Denver, Colorado
- Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver, Colorado
- Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
- Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Connecticut
- New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut
- Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
- Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford, Connecticut (Ode to Joy)
- Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut (River Blue)
- Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware (Persian Window)
- Morean Arts Center, Petersburg,Florida (Chihuly Collection, includes Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier)
- The Baker Museum, Naples, Florida
- Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida
- Imagine Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida
- Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
- Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, Florida
- Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida
- Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida
- Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida
- Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
- Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, Florida
- Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts, Dania Beach, Florida
- Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs, Florida
- Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida (Persian Sealife Ceiling)
- Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia (Parterre Fountain, Radiant Yellow Icicle Tower, Nepenthes Chandelier)
- High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
- Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia (Isola di San Giacomo in Palude)
- Albany Museum of Art, Albany, Georgia
- Scheller College of Business, Atlanta, Georgia (Chandeliers)
- Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii (Persians: Yellow and Cobalt Wall Piece/ reef)
- Hilo Art Museum, Hilo, Hawaii
- Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Bonus: Between now and January of 2023, you can catch Chihuly’s work in an exhibition “Dale Chihuly: Blanket Cylinders 1975-2016,” at the Community Library in Ketchym, Idaho.
- Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
- Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois
- Schaumburg Township District Library Main Branch, Schaumburg, Illinois (Persian Wall)
- Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, Illinois (Persian Pool)
- Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
- Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana
- Ball State University Museum of Art, Muncie, Indiana
- Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
- Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana (Fireworks of Glass Tower and Ceiling)