DALE CHIHULY Bonfire Fiori, 2008, 85” x 33” x 37” was unveiled Tuesday, Sept. 4 during a reception. The acquisition was made possible through the support of the UT Tyler Alumni Foundation and Cowan Center President's Circle.
“We are thrilled to unveil a new piece of art,” Thomae-Morphew said. “This is the first acquisition since the James Surls exhibition at the opening of the Cowan Center, and we thank Mrs. Frances Cowan Gibson for her support in that purchase. Fifteen years later, the UT Tyler Alumni Foundation generously funded a Chihuly of our choice to commemorate their service to the university and to be enjoyed by students, patrons and visitors forevermore.”
Chihuly is an American artist whose work in glass led to a resurgence of interest in that medium. A native of Tacoma, Wash., he holds a master of fine arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and worked at a renowned glassblowing workshop in Italy. Chihuly established the glassblowing program at his alma mater and founded the Pilchuck Glass School. A car accident in 1976 left him blind in one eye.
His work is featured in permanent collections all over the world including 26 states, Canada, England, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.
“This Chihuly, to my knowledge, is the only public piece in this region. His work is so magnificent that people can always tell you where they first saw one of his works. The Tyler Museum of Art featured a Chihuly exhibition in 2000, and it was so well-received that many East Texans bought pieces for their homes.
We look forward to carrying the torch and sharing his work with more patrons and visitors.”
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