A New and Exciting CHIHULY Experience
at The New York Botanical Garden

For the first time in more than ten years, the artwork of world-renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly will be featured in a major exhibition in New York. Returning to The New York Botanical Garden beginning in Spring 2017 (April 22–October 29), CHIHULY, presented by Bank of America, will be a new experience with monumental installations within and around the most celebrated sites in the Botanical Garden's landscape. The new exhibition will also feature a display of Chihuly's drawings. On select evenings, the installations throughout the Garden will be dramatically illuminated in a celebration of color, form, and light.

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Support also provided by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass

Top image: Dale Chihuly, Sapphire Star, 2016

About the Exhibition

New Chihuly Installations Throughout the Botanical Garden

The dramatic vistas of The New York Botanical Garden through changing seasons will be a showcase for Chihuly's dynamic works of art with their organic shapes in brilliant colors. New hand-blown glass sculptures, created specifically for NYBG, will complement the architecture of the Garden's Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, itself considered a work of glass art. Other sites for the artist's creations throughout NYBG's 250-acre National Historic Landmark landscape include the Conservatory Courtyard pools, Lillian and Amy Goldman Fountain of Life, Leon Levy Visitor Center, Arthur and Janet Ross Conifer Arboretum, and Native Plant Garden. These one-of-a-kind installations will highlight the connections of artwork to the natural world.

Chihuly Drawings in the Art Gallery

In the LuEsther T. Mertz Library's Art Gallery, visitors will be treated to an exhibition of drawings by Dale Chihuly. These compelling creations offer a direct representation of the energy behind his artistic process. In addition, educational materials and study pieces will help visitors understand the artist's process.

Chihuly Nights and Programming for All Ages

During "Chihuly Nights," the Garden's vistas will become living canvases as the sculptures are dramatically illuminated, allowing visitors to enjoy live music, themed cocktails, shopping, and extended hours on select evenings.

In the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, young visitors will explore the connections among art, science, and nature through guided activities facilitated by trained Teen Explainers. Using Chihuly's sculptures as references, children will learn about form, color, and light as seen through the prism of nature in the garden. Daily programs will provide opportunities to observe the relationship between science and nature-based artwork and to create nature-inspired art.

About the Artist

Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. After graduating in 1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the country, at the University of Wisconsin. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he later established the glass program and taught for more than a decade.

In 1968, after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, he went to work at the Venini glass factory in Venice. There he observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today. In 1971, Chihuly cofounded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. With this international glass center, Chihuly has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as a fine art.

Chihuly is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific architectural installations in public spaces, and in exhibitions presented in more than 250 museums and gardens worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Museum, and the Corning Museum of Glass. Major exhibitions include Chihuly Over Venice (1995–96); Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999); Garden Cycle (2001–present); de Young Museum in San Francisco (2008); the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2011); Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (2012); and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada (2013). Chihuly Garden and Glass opened at Seattle Center in 2012. Chihuly's lifelong fascination with glasshouses has grown into a series of exhibitions within botanical settings.

For more information about Dale Chihuly and his art, please visit chihuly.com.


Young Garden Circle Individual – $500

Art and garden enthusiasts, ages 21–40, who come together throughout the year for private viewings of exhibitions, educational programs, and social occasions.

Membership Benefits:

  • One complimentary ticket to each of the YGC Private Evenings
  • Invitation to purchase discounted tickets to the Winter Wonderland Ball, the Garden's annual holiday gala event in the beautiful Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
  • Special behind-the-scenes tours with curators and environmental scientists
  • Dedicated phone line to assist with tickets, parking, and events
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Invitations to private evening receptions and the annual Andrew Carnegie Distinguished Lecture
  • Morning access to each exhibition during Muffins and Mimosas events
  • Complimentary reserved parking
  • Free admission for 6 adults and 6 children
  • Discounts on Adult Education courses
  • 10% discount at NYBG Shop
  • Access to the Garden's Plant Information Hotline and Circulating Library
  • Acknowledgment in the Annual Report

Young Garden Circle Dual – $750

All the benefits of YGC Membership for two.

Antique Garden Furniture Fair Preview Party and Collectors' Plant Sale

April 28; 5:30 p.m.
Join the benefit that attracts over 600 guests to enjoy cocktails and preview the oldest and most beautiful collections of antique garden furniture and architectural artifacts in the country. The evening includes a Silent Auction with one-of-a-kind items and experiences, and a Collectors' Plant Sale that features rare and exotic plants. Special ticket required.

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Above images, left to right:
Macchia Forest, Dale Chihuly, The New York Botanical Garden, 2006
Yellow Boat, Walla Wallas, & Red Reeds, Dale Chihuly, The New York Botanical Garden, 2006
Persian Chandeliers, Dale Chihuly, The New York Botanical Garden, 2006