Chihuly lights up the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center announces a once in a lifetime
exhibition of the works of renowned artist, Dale Chihuly. Chihuly at the
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (FAC) will be presented from April 22 through
August 14, 2005 with a public opening celebration on April 21 from 6-9 p.m. The
exhibition will survey the most important and innovative works of Chihuly’s
creative life. For the duration of the exhibition, the FAC’s galleries,
Courtyard Garden, new lounge and museum shop will be dedicated to the artist.
In early 2004, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center commissioned Chihuly to
create a chandelier for its lobby entrance.
As a result of this contact, art has been selected from the FAC’s collection and
incorporated into the upcoming exhibition. For the first time, the FAC’s
collection of Native American art will be exhibited along with Chihuly’s Baskets
and Blanket Cylinders series.
Chihuly’s celebrated Chandeliers also will be featured. These large, exuberant
glass masterpieces will be suspended from the ceilings of the FAC by an
installation process that requires months of preparation and teams of experts
from the Chihuly Studio and the FAC. Large crowds and critical acclaim greeted a
similar exhibition of Chihuly’s Chandeliers in Venice, Italy, and in a
subsequent American tour. His most celebrated exhibition, Chihuly in the Light
of Jerusalem 2000, broke attendance records for 1999-2000 attracting over one
During his 35-year career, Chihuly has elevated the art of glass blowing and
assembly to a level on par with the traditional arts of painting, sculpture and
architecture. His work can be seen in the permanent collections of over 200
museums worldwide including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the
Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Palais du
Louvre in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Many have seen his
Ceiling at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
According to Dr. Michael DeMarsche, President and CEO of the Fine Arts Center,
“This will be an exhibition that has not been seen before nor will it be seen
again. It demonstrates the artistic development of one of the most influential
artists of our era and highlights important works from one of Colorado’s
preeminent collections of Native American art.”
A series of entertaining and educational events will be scheduled to coincide
with the exhibition. For more details contact the Fine Arts Center.
What: Chihuly at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
When: April 22 through August 14.
Where: Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
Contact: (719) 634- 5583 for complete information on hours, admission prices and