Fort Wayne Museum of Art presents Chihuly and The Summer of Glass

| July 5, 2013
Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Fort Wayne gets its first Dale Chihuly exhibit in over a decade

Courtesy of FWMoA

The work of studio glass pioneer and legend Dale Chihuly makes a triumphant return to Fort Wayne this summer, the likes of which Fort Wayne hasn’t seen in over a decade. Not since 2002 have the unique glass forms of Chihuly been shown publicly in Fort Wayne, making Chihuly: Secret Garden, the blockbuster exhibition of the year. This show of contemporary art glass by internationally famous Chihuly is an unprecedented collaboration between the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, OH, designed to welcome different kinds of art lovers throughout the community to discover this contemporary art form that has its roots in a process that is centuries old.

What makes this show unlike other Chihuly shows is the interpretation of ‘garden’ as a dream world incorporating unlikely installation materials to complement the organic and sometimes geometric forms of each glass piece. Guest designer Thomas Cain of the City of Fort Wayne will interpret the glass from Chihuly’s famous Macchia, Blue Heron, Red Beluga, and Neodymium Reed series, bringing this installation to life with other materials not generally found in a museum gallery: sparkling crushed glass, building materials transformed into artistic forms, custom built bases and display boxes, and a subtle yet unique color scheme to allow the colors and forms of the glass works to take center stage.

The organization and presentation of this major exhibition is a landmark effort to bring to Fort Wayne art that has previously only been accessible in the major metropolitan cities of the country.  By illustrating the artisanal roots of this gorgeous art form, this exhibition intends to break down the barriers between high art and craft, and underscore the relationship of art and craft to daily life, our natural environment, and popular culture.

The second major component of the Summer of Glass is a duo of contemporary studio glass exhibitions courtesy of Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, Michigan. The first in this duo is the 41st International Studio Glass Invitational, featuring 26 award winners regarded as the best in the world. The second is The Next Generation of Studio Glass, an exhibition which explores the influence of Dale Chihuly and other glass luminaries on today’s emerging studio glass sculptors.

The Summer of Glass shows opened to the public June 29 and continue through September 29. Special tickets at $7 per person are required for these exhibitions in addition to general admission. Timed entry tickets will be issued based on gallery capacity at each half hour. FWMoA Members receive complimentary tickets to the Summer of Glass exhibitions as well as free general admission. To become a member, visit

The public is welcome to a lecture on July 19 at 6:30pm by the Director of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Bruce Harkey. Lecture admission is $5 FWMoA Members, $10 non-members.

Kick off your weekend with Chihuly and the Summer of Glass!

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