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June 10, 2013

The University of Washington and Artist Dale Chihuly Honor 100 Years of UW Professional & Continuing Education with Centennial Seaform Set

Artwork in UW Tower Commemorates a Legacy of Lifelong Learning

(Seattle, WA) June 10, 2013: In honor of the centennial of continuing education at the University of Washington (UW), a glass sculpture by internationally renowned alumnus Dale Chihuly now graces the UW Tower. The third piece of Chihuly art on display at the UW, this addition further enhances the university’s art collection.

The work is called Deep Purple and Azure Centennial Seaform Set. The elegant grouping measures approximately 14 x 31 x 18 inches, and features a dominant, clamshell-like piece that cradles smaller trumpets, globes and individual Seaform shapes. The piece from the Seaform Series commemorates UW Professional & Continuing Education (UWPCE) and its diverse programs and offerings over the past 100 years. Chihuly’s artwork welcomes visitors on the top floor of the UW Tower, where it can be enjoyed by UW leadership, guests, faculty, staff, students and members of the public who visit the Tower. Deep Purple and Azure Centennial Seaform Set was presented by the artist on behalf of UWPCE's centennial, as a long term loan for the university’s art collection.

“Dale is a celebrated alumnus and a great friend to the University of Washington. He has been named one of the university’s Top 100 Alumni. He has inspired exciting new avenues of art and education through his innovative work and the Dale Chihuly Endowed Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences,” said UW President Michael Young. “His support and a growing collection of his visionary pieces are a cornerstone of the UW’s legacy in the arts. It’s a tremendous honor and privilege to showcase his extraordinary work.”

“Today, continuing education opportunities through UWPCE increase access to the UW for nearly 47,000 additional students annually, plus many thousands more served through open online courses,” added David Szatmary, vice provost for University of Washington Educational Outreach. “Providing ongoing education for students of diverse ages, stages and walks of life has been a key part of the UW mission for 100 years. Dale Chihuly’s Deep Purple and Azure Centennial Seaform Set is a fitting tribute to the thousands of students, faculty members, instructors, dedicated staff, campus and community partners who exemplify the very best in lifelong learning.”

In addition to this piece in the UW Tower, other works by Dale Chihuly that can be enjoyed at the university include Six Starbursts, an Anemone Wall in the Meany Hall West Lobby (1996), and Chinook Red Chandelier at the UW Tacoma Library Tower, located in the second floor cupola (1999). Chihuly also received the UW Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award (1993) and the UW College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award (1996), in addition to receiving one of the College of Arts and Sciences Timeless Awards during last year’s 150th year celebrations (2012). He received his undergraduate degree in art from the UW in 1965.

“My relationship to the UW spans nearly 50 years, and I’m pleased to add to the university’s collection and honor a century of continuing education,” said Dale Chihuly. “This piece captures just a taste of the breadth and scope of the university’s reach into the community over the decades. The Seaform shape embraces an array of offerings, just as UW Professional & Continuing Education provides opportunities for everyone, with a nod to my alma mater’s Husky purple.”

Visit Our History and Centennial Scoop for more on UWPCE’s legacy, centennial initiatives, photos and video.

About University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education

University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education (UWPCE) helps busy adults in their quest to keep learning by providing hundreds of certificate programs, master’s degrees, bachelor degree completion programs, courses, workshops and more – with flexible options in the evening, on weekends, part time and online. By partnering with academic units throughout the University of Washington (UW), UWPCE programs span more than 75 fields. Each certificate program draws on the expertise of an advisory board made up of industry leaders and UW faculty who guide curriculum and recommend updates that address the demands of rapidly changing work environments and emerging technologies.

UWPCE is managed by UW Educational Outreach (UWEO), which has increased access to the UW since 1912. In addition to UWPCE programs, UWEO administers UW Summer Quarter, International & English Language Programs, Online Learning and more. Programs are not state funded but are self-sustaining, serving nearly 47,000 students each year.

Media Contact: 

Teri Thomas
University of Washington Educational Outreach/Professional & Continuing Education

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