Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art. He is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world, in historic cities, museums and gardens. Chihuly’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Corning Museum of Glass. Major exhibitions include Chihuly Over Venice (1995-1996), Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999), Garden Cycle (2001 – present), as well solo exhibitions at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young (2008), the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (2011), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (2012) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2013), among others. Chihuly Garden and Glass opened at the Seattle Center in 2012.
Born in Boston in 1941, Seaver Leslie earned his B.F.A. in 1969 and M.A.T. in 1970 from the Rhode Island School of Design. He also studied painting with Sir Peter Blake in London, 1973-1974. Leslie works in the American narrative tradition, often expressing political or cultural themes such as the destruction of nature and the abandonment of the ideals of traditional cultures. Painters such as George Bellows, Ben Shahn, and Erastus Salisbury Field inspire his work. He has exhibited his paintings and drawings at Jacques Seligman, Hirschl and Adler, and Tatistcheff in New York City; at a one-man show at the DeCordova Museum (Lincoln, MA) in 1989; and at other galleries around the United States and in Great Britain. In 1973-74, Leslie painted and exhibited with a group of English artists known as the Brotherhood of Ruralists. In fall 2013 and winter 2014, he collaborated with artist Dale Chihuly on this series of glass cylinders, a project they began in 1975.