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Innovative Glass Art Featured in Fort Collins

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Dale Chihuly has been recognized as one of the most innovative, creative, and skilled glass artist today.

His talent has been mastered over the years starting with an educational background at the University of Wisconsin, to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and then in 1968 was given the opportunity to work in Venice, Italy to work at the Venini glass factory. His craft was guided in Italy by observing the team at Venini work their creative approach to blowing glass, which is now an essential part of his art today.

“His work is included in more than 200 hundred museum collections worldwide. He has been the recipient of many awards, including ten honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.” (

His recent exhibition: Chihuly Venetians: from the George R. Stroemple Collection is now being featured at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. The display features a magnificent 5-part chandelier that has two components hanging from the ceiling and 3 that come up from the floor. All of the magnificent glass art displayed in the exhibition are inspired from the beautiful Venetian glass art from the 1920’s and 1930’s.

A number of Chihuly’s art drawings will also be displayed in the collection that are considered to be independent works of art and “blueprints” to communicate the meaning behind his glass art creations. To bring his designs to life and to improvise on the themes he created.

The Chihuly Venetians exhibition will be featured at The Fort Collins Museum of Art until March 18, 2012 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement.

For more information about Dale Chihuly visit his website at



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