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Dayton Celebrates Glass:

Chihuly, Littleton, Labino and Beyond
July 12 2014 - September 28 2014
Dayton Celebrates Glass:

Final Weekend - Closes September 28!

On the heels of the 50th anniversary of the Studio Glass movement in America in 2012, the special exhibition, Dayton Celebrates Glass: Chihuly, Littleton, Labino and Beyond, showcases the Dayton Region’s love of studio glass, ranging from the early pioneers of the studio movement through today’s artistic innovators.

Download: Exhibition Brochure


Please note that the final week of the exhibition coincides with the museum's annual Oktoberfest celebration. Beginning Tuesday, September 23, Belmonte Park North and the museum's main parking lot will be closed for Oktoberfest setup, so allow extra time for travel and parking. During Oktoberfest weekend, September 27 & 28, admission to Dayton Celebrates Glass will be a special discounted rate of $9 adults, $6 youth (ages 7-17), and free for museum members and children (6 & under). Anyone visiting the special exhibition on September 27 & 28 must also pay Oktoberfest admission.

Parking near the museum will be extremely limited on September 27 & 28; we recommend taking one of the free Oktoberfest Shuttles.

Please also note the following special museum gallery & exhibition hours during Oktoberfest week:

September 23 & 24, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. each day
September 25 & 26, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day
September 27 & 28, noon - 6:00 p.m. each day.

The Studio Glass movement began with a workshop led by American glass artists Harvey Littleton and Dominick Labino at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio, in March 1962. During this workshop these two artists introduced new advances in technology that allowed glass artists to work in a smaller scale, instead of requiring the reliance on collaborations with large industrial companies, thereby freeing individual artists to create glass in a new way and fostering the development of glass as a material for artistic exploration.

Aimed at demonstrating the enthusiasm, knowledge, and sensitivity a group of regional collectors and galleries have brought to a specialized but fertile field of artistic expression, Dayton Celebrates Glass highlights work drawn from area collections, Ohio institutions, and artists with ties to the region. Some of the artists featured in the exhibition include Dale Chihuly, Harvey Littleton, Dominick Labino, Lino Tagliapietra, Dante Marioni, Paul Stankard, William Morris, Toots Zynsky, Dan Dailey, Jon Kuhn, Stephen Powell, Christopher Ries and many others.


Ohio Magazine: Crystal Clear

Dayton City Paper: No throwing stones! Dayton Most Metro Celebrates Glass

Video: Exhibition preview on WDTN's Living Dayton

Video: Artist Christopher Ries on Living Dayton

Dayton Daily News: New exhibit celebrates love for glass

Dayton Daily News photo gallery

This exhibition is organized by The Dayton Art Institute and curated by The DAI’s Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Dr. Aimee Marcereau DeGalan.


Celebrate Dayton GlassAs a companion to the exhibition, the museum has compiled an informal, self-directed tour that celebrates glass of another type in the Dayton area. The Celebrate Dayton Glass Self-Directed Tour highlights stained glass windows at churches and businesses around Dayton. Call before you visit, as most churches and synagogues require an appointment.

Download the list of locations


Let us know what you think about the exhibition - join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and tag your posts with #DaytonGlass! Photos are allowed in this exhibition, so share your images as well (please be sure to to review our general photo policies)!

Exhibition Admission

Museum Members: Free
Adults: $12
Seniors (60+), Students (18+ w/ID) & Active Military: $9
Groups (10 or more): $9
Youth (ages 7-17): $6
Children (6 & under): Free

Click here to purchase exhibition tickets

Prices include admission to the exhibition and the museum’s permanent collection. A $2 per transaction fee will be added to all ticket sales for Building Preservation and Art Conservation.Online ticket sales include additional processing fees.

Exhibition Sponsors

Benefactor Sponsor
The Berry Family Foundation

Patron Sponsors
Bob Ross Auto Group
DP&L Foundation
Premier Health

Supporting Sponsor
Miller-Valentine Group
U.S. Bancorp Foundation

With additional support from
Pam Houk
University of Dayton

Image: Dale Chihuly (American, born 1941), Olive Macchia with Cadmium Yellow Lip Wrap, 1992, Blown glass and gold leaf, 19 x 31 x 29 inches, Museum purchase with funds provided by the James F. Dicke Family, 1999.2

TUESDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
THURSDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
FRIDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
SATURDAY 10 a.m. - 5 p.m
SUNDAY Noon - 5 p.m.