Dale Chihuly:

Up Close and Personal

Presented by Howard Cohen, MA
Monday, September 23, 2019
10 – 11:30 am in Buchner Hall - Alumnae/i House
(Directions / Campus Map)

Registration Fee: SOLD OUT

Spend the day on campus! Register for both Sage programs on 9/23 (Chihuly as well as Contemporary Glass Art with Michael Janis) and get a free lunch voucher to use that day in the new Mary Fisher Dining Center.

Program Description

Dale Chihuly is one of the world’s most well-known artists. His bold and colorful installations of glass sculpture have fascinated art lovers around the globe. Here you’ll learn about the highlights and developments in his career, starting with his initial glass training in 1965. In 1995 he decided to undertake the audacious project to create and install 14 chandeliers throughout the city of Venice for their 1996 Biennale. To accomplish this, he led his team and local glass workers to blow glass and create chandeliers in five different countries, which were then shipped and installed as over 10,000 glass elements throughout the ancient city. This endeavor made it clear that all things were possible for this visionary artist.

Recently, Howard Cohen visited all of Chihuly’s facilities in Seattle & Tacoma - the city of Chihuly’s birth. He travelled from the spectacular Garden of Glass at the foot of the Seattle Space Needle to the Tacoma Art Museum, which holds the personal items and sculptures Chihuly donated in honor of his parents. Along the way, Howard's group visited the famed Chihuly Boathouse - where Chihuly and his team design and create the sculptures they use for their unparalleled installations. Chihuly spent the day with the group and helped them to blow two glass pieces. Howard will use this program to beguile us with personal stories, photos, and videos about this remarkable man and his work.

Program Objective

Participants will learn about:

  • the development of the career of Dale Chihuly and the team of artists and professionals he directs
  • the series of glass sculptures Chihuly developed from 1965 to 1996
  • the milestones that Chihuly achieved in the first 31 years of a 54 year artistic career

Program Format

  • Presentation
  • Question and answer

Suggested Supplementary Readings

  • Chihuly Over Venice, Portland Press 1996, William Warmus
  • Chihuly on Fire, Chihuly Workshop 2016, Edited by Mark McDonnell, Essay by Henry Adams
  • Chihuly, Henry N. Adams, Inc. & Portland Press 1998, Essay by Donald Kuspit
  • Chihuly videos on Chihuly.com    

About the Presenter

Howard Cohen earned a BA & MA in Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University. He worked for 33 years for GEICO Insurance Company and is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society. Since retirement and for the last 4 years, Mr. Cohen has taught courses on Contemporary Glass Art at Towson’s & Johns Hopkins’ Osher programs, the Food For Thought program, and at the Community College of Baltimore County’s Senior program. He has collected glass art for 23 years and is part of the tight-knit community of collectors, artists, gallery owners and employees, and is a member of institutions that support, produce, sell and exhibit works of glass art. He also serves on the Board of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass Art, and leads trips to artists’ studios, galleries and museums that exhibit glass art, including the Corning Museum of Glass.