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Internationally acclaimed artist Dale Chihuly will have a free public lecture at the Institute of American Indian Arts on Sept. 27.
Chihuly will speak about some of his most iconic projects and installations, including Chihuly Over Venice and Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the IAIA auditorium.
Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Wash., 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.
He continued studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he later established the glass program and taught for more than a decade.
In 1968, after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, he went to work at the glass factory in Venice. There he observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today. In 1971, Chihuly co-founded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State.
Chihuly later came to Santa Fe, setting up a glass “hot shop” in an old barn and teaching at IAIA in 1974.
His time at the Institute inspired him to begin one of his series, the Navajo Blanket Cylinders, in which glass threads are fused around the surface of blown-glass cylinders. He continues to support IAIA today with art donations for the annual IAIA Benefit Dinner and Auction.
Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art. He is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world in historic cities, museums and gardens.
Chihuly’s work is in more than 200 museum collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass. Major exhibitions include Chihuly Over Venice (1995-96), Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999), Garden Cycle (2001-12).
Chihuly Garden and Glass, a 45,000-square foot museum, glasshouse, garden and theater, opened at Seattle Center, the sight of the Space Needle, in 2012.
For more information about Chihuly, go to chihuly.com. For more information about IAIA, visit iaia.edu.