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Name  Dan Dailey

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Dan Dailey (born 1947 in Philadelphia) is an artist who, with the support of a team of artists and crafts people, creates sculptures and functional objects in glass and metal.


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Dan Dailey's career in glass has spanned more than 40 years. Emerging from the Studio Glass movement initiated by Harvey Littleton, Dailey's work has branched out from the mainstream by the incorporation of metal into many of the sculptures. Additionally, he has worked with several glass companies, in particular as an independent artist/ designer for Crisallerie Daum, France for more than twenty years. He has taught at many glass programs and is professor emeritus at the Massachusetts College of Art where he founded the glass program. Since 1971, Dailey's work has been featured in more than 100 exhibitions and included in over 350 juried or invitational group shows.

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He is married to Linda MacNeil, an artist also working with glass and metal, primarily in the studio or art jewelry field.


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Dailey encountered glass as an artists' medium when helping construct a small glass blowing studio at the Philadelphia College of Art with Roland Jahn, a glass blower, ceramics teacher at the college, and former student Harvey Littleton. From building basic equipment and observing processes, Dailey soon began working with glass.


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In 1970 Dailey received a teaching fellowship at Rhode Island School of Design, (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island, where the well-known glass artist, Dale Chihuly, was teaching at the time. Dailey became Chihuly’s first graduate student. Along with other students, Dailey assisted in building the RISD glass studio and began to develop concepts for illuminated sculpture.

  • 1972-73 Venini Factory, Murano, Italy; Fulbright Hayes Fellowship
  • In 1972 Dailey received a Fulbright Fellowship and was invited by Ludovico Diaz di Santillana, the director and owner of the Venini Factory in Murano, to work as an independent artist/designer. Dailey created a series of blown glass and brass sculptural lamps while in residence at the factory. This industrial experience became a model for Dailey’s future work in several glass factories later in his career.
  • 1973-85 Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston; Founder and Head of the Glass Program
  • In 1973 Dailey began teaching glass and ceramics at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. The school was without facilities for glass and with the experience that marked the beginning of his career with glass, Dailey built the studio and equipment with the assistance of several students. Dailey also taught from 1985 to 2007, he often taught the introductory glassblowing class to beginner students who were unaware of his success as an artist. He is notably humble and very generous with students.Dailey continued to create illuminated sculpture, vase forms and began to develop Vitrolite wall reliefs.In 1975 Dailey taught at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, for the first time.
  • 1976 Cristallerie Daum, Paris and Nancy, France; Independent Artist/Designer, 7 editioned works, 1978–2003
  • In 1976 Dailey was invited by Jacques Daum, nephew of August Daum, to work as an independent artist at Cristallerie Daum in Nancy, France. Between 1978 and 2003 he produced seven editioned pâte de verre sculptures. This experience created a working relationship that continues today.The numerous works created at Cristallerie Daum were produced as limited edition, pâte de verre works. Dailey is one of three Americans to have worked with Daum and holds the longest standing relationship of any artist after 32 years of work with the company. Other artists who have worked with Daum include Salvador Dalí, Fernand Léger, Jean-Michel Folon, César, Christian Poincignon, and many others.Dailey’s editioned works include: Les Danseurs, Le Vent, Le Joyeau, L’Eau, Le Vin, Le Soleil, and La Dame.Along with the limited editions, Daum melted selected colors of crystal for Dailey’s personal use. From 1987 to 1990, with the assistance of Mark Weiner, three Daum crystal vase series were produced.
  • 1979 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship–Glass
  • 1980s

  • 1980 Massachusetts Council on the Arts Fellowship–Glass
  • 1980-85 MIT
  • In 1980 Dailey received a fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies in Cambridge where he co-taught the class Glass, Gas and Electricity with German artist Otto Piene. This experimental sculpture class emphasized and explored the phenomenon of illumination. Otto Piene remained a friend and colleague until his death in 2014.In conjunction with the MIT Research Lab for Electronics, Dailey further studied the qualities of light and glass.
  • 1984-85 Steuben Glass, Corning, New York; Independent Artist/Designer
  • In 1984 Dailey produced a suite of designs for Steuben Glass in Corning, New York. At the request of Steuben, Dailey produced sports-themed designs to be produced on vases, with one design Ice Dancers being produced.
  • 1984-85 Fenton Art Glass Company, Williamstown, West Virginia; Independent Artist/Designer
  • In 1985 Dailey began working with Fenton Art Glass Company to produce cast glass components of a low relief mural. Over a period of 20 years, Dailey made 26 large scale murals, one of which was 16 feet (4.9 m) by 24 feet (7.3 m), weighing over 4,000 pounds (1,800 kg).With numerous assistants, Dailey also blew glass to create various works, notably, the Science Fiction Series, 1985-86.
  • 1987 Commission: Orbit, Rockefeller Center, New York City
  • In 1987 Henry Geldzahler, Milton Glaser, and Hugh Hardy selected Dailey to make a cast glass relief mural titled Orbit, for the Rainbow Room at the Rockefeller Center. The mural is a 15-foot (4.6 m) by 8-foot (2.4 m) abstract representation of orbiting planets and artistic debris, illuminated from behind with changing colors coordinated with the mood lighting of the dining/dancing space.Dailey also created wall sconces for various locations around the Rainbow Room complex.
  • 1987 Solo exhibition: Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Henry Geldzahler wrote an essay for the catalog, in which he noted, "Dan Dailey’s achievement is in the seamless marriage he effects in his work in every medium between the idiosyncratic convolutions of his inner landscape and the classic harmony and lucidity of the great tradition in glass, of whom Daum, Nancy and Lalique are giants. Dailey’s work joins in that tradition, but with a contemporary spin that causes the viewer to smile in complicity."
  • 1987 Retrospective Exhibition of Dan Dailey’s work at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Rosenwald Wolf Gallery
  • The exhibition, curated by Eleni Cocordas, consisted of fifty works, including illuminated sculpture, Vitrolite wall reliefs, vases, and pastel drawings.
  • 1989 Masters Fellowship, Creative Glass Center of America
  • 1990s

  • 1993 collections: Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Louvre, Paris
  • Dailey work titled The Doctor from 1988 is accepted into their permanent collection.
  • 1994 commission: Boca Palms
  • 26 special edition vases commissioned by the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida.
  • 1998 Invited Artist: Waterford Crystal, Kilbarry, Ireland
  • Dailey was invited to work as an independent artist by Waterford Crystal, Kilbarry, Ireland, in 1998. Dailey visited three times between 1998-1999 to create chandeliers, wall sconces, and seven engraved vases, using particular processes unique to the history and specialty of Waterford Crystal.
  • 1998 awards
  • Fellow of the American Craft Council, ACC College of Fellows
  • Outstanding Achievement in Glass, UrbanGlass
  • Honorary Lifetime Membership Award, Glass Arts Society
  • 2000 on

  • 2000 Libensky Award, Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards & Winery
  • 2001 awards
  • President’s Distinguished Artist Award, University of the Arts, Philadelphia
  • Masters of the Medium Award, James Renwick Alliance
  • Art of Liberty Award, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia
  • 2004 commission: Tribute Chandelier, Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 2007 publication: Glassigator, written and illustrated by Dan Dailey and Allison MacNeil Dailey in conjunction with the Toledo Museum of Art
  • The Toledo Museum of Art, a museum whose major focus is on glass, asked Dailey to create a children's book explaining and illustrating the process of glassblowing. Dailey collaborated with Allison Dailey, who developed the characters and executed all of the final watercolor drawings for the book. The book is based on the making of a particular vase titled Alligator, from Dailey's Animal Vase series begun in 1992.
  • 2007 publication: Dan Dailey, a 384-page volume on Dailey's work, published by Harry N. Abrams.
  • The book, a comprehensive view of Dailey's work from 1968 to 2007, includes 460 illustrations, 400 full-color images, and was designed and edited by Joe Rapone. Writing and essays are by Milton Glaser, Tina Oldknow, and William Warmus.
  • 2007 Silver Star Alumni Award, College of Art and Design at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia
  • 2008-09 Residency: G.A.P.P Glass Residency (Guest Artist Pavilion Project) Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
  • Dailey was asked to be a part of the G.A.P.P. The focus of the residency was to study and respond to the museum's collection, with a focus on landscape and paintings. Dailey's glass mural project for the museum was begun in 2008 and is now in progress.
  • 2009–Present: Materialism lecture series, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston
  • Dailey conducted a series of artist interviews, in collaboration with Joe Rapone, which explore the notion of "Materialism", a term that includes a rethinking of movements of the 1970s, specifically the Studio Craft Movement.
  • 2010 Guest Artist Pavilion Project - Artist Residency, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
  • 2012 Exhibition Dan Dailey: Working Method, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts.
  • Dailey named Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
  • 2013 Visiting Artist Fellowship, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
  • 2014 Exhibition Dan Dailey: Illuminated Works 7, World Trade Center, New York, New York.
  • Distinguished Educator Award, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.Lifetime Achievement Award, Glass Art Society.

    Public collections

    Data as of mid 2016.


  • California
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • de Young Museum, San Francisco
  • Colorado
  • Town of Vail
  • Connecticut
  • Connecticut Appellate Court, Hartford
  • Johnson-Horsfall Laboratory, New Haven
  • District of Columbia
  • Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC Link to items in Renwick Gallery collection
  • Florida
  • Boca Raton Museum of Art
  • Lowe Art Museum University of Miami, FL
  • Georgia
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta
  • Illinois
  • Illinois State University Galleries, Normal
  • Indiana
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Kentucky
  • Speed Art Museum, Louisville
  • Massachusetts
  • Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Northern Essex County Courthouse, Newburyport
  • Michigan
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Minnesota
  • Mayo Clinic, Rocheseter
  • New Hampshire
  • Currier Museum of Art, Manchester
  • New Jersey
  • Morris Museum, Morristown
  • Museum of American Glass, Millville
  • New York
  • 92nd Street Y, New York City
  • Corning Museum of Glass
  • Greatest Bar on Earth, Windows on the World Corp, One World Trade Center Towers, New York City (destroyed on September 11, 2001)
  • Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca
  • JPMorgan Chase Collection, New York City
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
  • Museum of Arts & Design, New York City
  • Rockefeller Center Corp., New York City
  • Visions, New York City
  • North Carolina
  • Mint Museum, Charlotte
  • Ohio
  • Cincinnati Art Museum
  • Dayton Art Institute
  • Toledo Museum of Art
  • Pennsylvania
  • Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Rhode Island
  • Providence Performing Arts Center
  • Tennessee
  • Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga
  • Texas
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Washington
  • Pilchuck Glass Collection at City Centre and US Bank Centre, Seattle
  • West Virginia
  • Huntington Museum of Art
  • Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Racine Art Museum
  • Australia

  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Canada

  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec
  • Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario
  • France

  • Les Archives de la Cristallerie Daum, Nancy and Paris
  • Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Louvre, Paris
  • Germany

  • Museum August Kestner, Hannover
  • Japan

  • National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
  • Toyama Institute of Glass, Toyama City
  • Yokohama Museum
  • Russia

  • State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
  • Switzerland

  • Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts, Lausanne
  • References

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