Dale Chihuly Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akinwalere Olaleye
Jan 31, 2024 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on May 16, 2022
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About Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly is a famous glass artist and entrepreneur from the United States.
The work done by Dale Chihuly is said to be aesthetically pleasing, and the sculptor is considered one of the best in the world in his profession. He first became introduced to glass sculpting when he was studying interior design at the University of Washington.
He is known for his unique and splendid sculptures and is a living legend. Dale Chihuly lost his father and brother at a very young age and was depressed. His mother motivated him to move on in life, and he soon developed the skill of glassblowing to enrich the world of art. He makes complex designs that have wowed the world.
Dale married Sylvia Peto in 1987 but got divorced in 1991. Dale married Leslie Jackson in his second marriage and has a son with Leslie Jackson named Jackson Chihuly.
Learn more about this glass sculptor in the coming topics.

Dale Chihuly's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Dale Chihuly's net worth?

Dale Chihuly is a successful glass sculptor and is known worldwide. It is estimated that he has a net worth of $10 million.

How much does Dale Chihuly earn per year?

Dale Chihuly earns quite a lot with each work and exhibition as a sculptor. However, the annual income of Dale Chihuly is not known.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Dale Chihuly?

Dale Chihuly is known to be 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) tall.

How old is Dale Chihuly?

Dale Chihuly was born on September 20, 1941. As of January 2022, the legend is 80 years old.

Childhood And Education

Dale Chihuly was born in Tacoma, Washington. He was born to George Chihuly and Viola Chihuly. Viola was a homemaker, while George was a union organizer and a meatpacker. When he was in high school in 1957, his brother died in a flight training incident, and one year later, his father also died. Dale's mother encouraged him to continue his studies sincerely. Dale graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and then joined the College of Pugel Sound in 1859. In 1960, he transferred to the University of Wisconsin. In 1965, he completed his bachelor's degree in Interior design from the University of Wisconsin. From the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he got his Master of Science degree in 1967. He got a Master of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design on a Fulbright Fellowship in Venice in 1968.
He was first introduced to glass sculpture during his time at the University of Washington.
Dale Chihuly had a car accident blinding his left eye in 1976.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Dale Chihuly's partner?

Dale first married Sylvia Peto in 1987. Sylvia Peto and Dale divorced each other in 1991. Dale then married Leslie Jackson in 2005. Leslie Jackson and Dale Chihuly gave birth to a boy named Jackson Chihuly.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Dale was hired to start a glass department at RISD in 1969. In 1971, Dale founded the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington with help from John Hauberg and Anne Gould Hauberg. Dale, in 1976 went through a car accident that resulted in damaging his left eye. It was a severe setback. In 1979, he dislocated his shoulder and was unable to hold the glassblowing pipe and was unable to practice his craft anymore, so he decided to hire some skilled blowers to do that part. He has worked on many different products since then.
Dale Chihuly has held exhibitions in Chihuly Exhibition, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin, Ireland in 1995, Chihuly Over Venice, Venice, Italy in 1996, Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000, Tower of David, Jerusalem, Israel in 1999–2000, Dale Chihuly: Masterworks in Glass, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and JamFactory, Adelaide, Australia in 1999–2000, Chihuly at the V&A, Victoria and Albert Museum, London in 2001, Chihuly In The Park: A Garden Of Glass, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, Illinois in 2001–2002, Winter Olympic Exhibition, Salt Lake City, Utah in 2002, Chihuly Across Florida: Masterworks in Glass, and Orlando Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida, Jan. 18 - May 30, 2004.
Other exhibitions include, Chihuly in the Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia in 2004, Gardens of Glass, Kew Gardens, London in 2005, Modern and Contemporary American Art (1900 to present), Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2005, Chihuly at Fairchild, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Florida in 2005–2007, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri in 2006, Oisterwijk Sculptuur, Oisterwijk, Netherlands in 2006, New York Botanical Garden, New York, New York in 2006, Wrapped In Tradition: The Chihuly Collection of American Indian Trade Blankets, Mayborn Museum Complex, Waco, Texas in 2007, Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens and Glass, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2007, Chihuly at the de Young, de Young Museum, San Francisco, California in 2008, Chihuly: Day and Night, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona in 2009, Chihuly Illuminated, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio in 2009, Chihuly: Recent Work, Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Florida in 2009, Chihuly at Cheekwood, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee in 2010, Chihuly at the Salk, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California in 2010, Chihuly at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: A New Eden, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2010, Chihuly at the Frist, Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee in 2010-2011, Through the Looking Glass, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts in 2011, and Chihuly at The Dallas Arboretum, Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, Texas in 2012.
The list goes on to include more exhibitions like, Chihuly at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia in 2012, Chihuly: Utterly Breathtaking, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 2013, Chihuly in the Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona in 2013–2014, Chihuly Denver, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colorado in 2014, Chihuly Venetians, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, Mississippi in 2016, Chihuly, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2016, Chihuly in the Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden in 2016, Chihuly, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York in 2017, Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum, Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building in 2017, Chihuly at Biltmore Biltmore House, Asheville, NC in 2018, Reflections on nature, Kew Gardens, London in 2019, Chihuly: Celebrating Nature, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, Ohio in 2020, Chihuly at Cheekwood, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee in 2020, and Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore in 2021.
There are more than 400 collections in the world having the art of Dale Chihuly. He has his art in collections in the United States, England, Canada, China, Israel, Singapore, Australia, and United Arab Emirates.

Charity Work

Charity work done by him is not known.

What awards has Dale Chihuly won?

Dale Chihuly received the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement in 1994. He received the American Craft Council’s gold medal in 2006. Dale Chihuly received the Fritz Redlich Alumni Award from the Institute of International Education in 2011.
12 honorary doctorates have been bestowed upon him, along with two fellowships from the National Endowments of the Art.

Dale Chihuly's Hobbies And Interests

His hobbies are not known.

Other Interesting Dale Chihuly Facts And Trivia

  • Dale Chihuly and Leslie Jackson have a son together named Jackson Chihuly.
  • Dale made the glass ceiling at Bellagio casino in Las Vegas.
  • He made the 'Chihuly Garden and Glass' in Seattle Center Park.
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Dale Chihuly Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

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173 cm

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Glass Sculptor, Entrepreneur


Rhode Island School of Design

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Leslie Jackson


George Chihuly , Viola Magnuson Chihuly


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