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Dan Dailey

 (born 1947)
Dan Owen Dailey is active/lives in Massachusetts.  Daniel Dailey is known for site specific sculpture installation, glass artist, teaching.

Dan Dailey

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

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 a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design* where he founded the glass program. Since 1971, Dailey's work has been featured in more than 90 exhibitions and included in over 300 juried or invitational group shows.

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

Dailey first encountered glass as an artist's medium when helping to construct a small glass blowing studio at the Philadelphia College of Art* with Roland Jahn, a ceramics teacher at the college.  From building basic equipment and observing processes, Dailey soon began working with glass.

In 1970, he received a teaching fellowship at the Rhode Island School of Design*, and there became the first graduate student of Dale Chihuly, who was teaching there at the time. Dailey and others also assisted in building the RISD glass studio and working on concepts for illuminated sculpture. In 1972, he received a Fulbright Hays Fellowship* and worked at the Venini Factory in Murano as an independent artist/designer.  There he created a series of blown glass and brass sculptural lamps.

From 1973 to 1985, he established the glass curriculum and taught glass and ceramics at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. With students, he built the studio and equipment and also created much work of his own including illuminated sculpture, vase forms and Vitrolite* wall reliefs.  In 1975, he taught at the Pilchuck Glass School* in Stanwood, Washington; and in 1976 he worked as an independent artist at Christallerie Daum in Nancy, France, and developed an ongoing relationship with that company. In 1980, he received a fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Advanced Visual Studies in Cambridge and co-taught "Glass, Gas and Electricity", a class with German artist Otto Piene. From 1984, Dailey was an independent artist/designer for Steuben Glass* in Corning, New York, and at the request of the company produced sports-themed designs on vases including the design for Ice Dancers.

Other artist/design associations and commissions include the Fenton Art Glass Company in Williamstown, West Virginia, 1984-1985; Rockefeller Center in New York City, 1987, where he made a cast glass relief mural titled Orbit for the Rainbow Room.

At the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Dailey had a solo exhibition in 1987. In the accompanying catalogue, New York art critic Henry Geldzahler wrote an essay 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."

In 2007, Harry N. Abrams Press published a 384 page volume titled Dan Dailey. 

In 2012, Dailey was named Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  In the last several decades of his career, he has continued to lecture and teach, and even wrote a children's book, Glassigator, at the request of The Toledo Museum of Art.

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About  Dan Dailey

Born:  1947 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Known for:  site specific sculpture installation, glass artist, teaching