This catalog is published in conjunction with Tacoma Art Museum to commemorateone of Tacoma’s most influential glass artists, Dale Chihuly. Chihuly celebrated his 70th birthday in 2011. In order to honor him, Tacoma Art Museum exhibited some major works from his own collection. Chihuly Celebration delves into Chihuly’s works and inspirations, consisting of the Pacific Northwest, Native American baskets, and wool trade blankets. Explore Chihuly’s creative process, in addition to how he became a world-renowned artist, while still maintaining close ties to his home town, Tacoma.
Dale Chihuly was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1941. He was the first American to be welcomed into the renowned glass studios of Venice, Italy. In addition to studying and teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design, he founded the Pilchuck Glass School with Anne and John Hauberg in 1971, located in Stanwood, Washington. He has a workshop in Seattle and stores his works in The Boathouse on Lake Washington.