During his time at the University of Washington, Chihuly discovered how glass could be used as a decorative art form. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1965, and furthered his education at the University of Wisconsin, which is home to the first glass program in the United States. After spending time at the University of Wisconsin, Chihuly relocated to the Rhode Island School of Design. Chihuly even created and taught an innovative glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design.
In the late 1960s, Chihuly was awarded with a Fulbright Fellowship. Then, he moved to Venice and landed a job at the Venini glass factory. During his time at the Venini glass factory, Chihuly was exposed to the art form of blowing glass. Chihuly returned to the United States in 1971 and founded the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State.
Since then, Chihuly’s work has been featured in over 200 collections spread across the world. Also, he has been awarded various honorary doctorates, fellowships, and awards. In the early 2000s, the Wright family contacted Chihuly to help them create a new era of artwork for the Seattle Center. Chihuly was honored to work alongside a family that was instrumental in creating and maintaining many of the architectural and artistic elements of Seattle, so he orchestrated the creation of the Chihuly Garden and Glass, which opened in 2012. Things to Do in Seattle: Chihuly Garden and Glass - Photo: cascoly2/Fotolia
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