Located next to the Space Needle at Seattle Center

Glass and the Mayor’s Arts Awards

Glass and the Mayor’s Arts Awards

Every year, through the Office of Arts and Culture, the Mayor’s office recognizes the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members committed to enriching their communities through the arts with the Mayor’s Arts Awards. Seeing an opportunity to bring attention to the local glass community, Chihuly Garden and Glass partnered with the Office of Arts and Culture in 2015 and funded the creation of the awards. Emerging glass artist Manuel Castro was tapped to develop five glass works to be presented to the honored artists.

Originally from Washington D.C., Castro has been blowing glass in the Seattle area for nearly two decades. He was first introduced to the art of glassblowing at Pratt Fine Arts Center in 1998 and later began to work with glass artist Luca Rattazzi as part of the Manifesto glass team—a premiere glass studio in Seattle. In addition, he was also part of world-renowned artist Lino Tagliapietra’s Seattle glassblowing team. The opportunity for Castro to work with Tagliapietra, a living maestro (masterglassblower), instilled a deep passion and respect for traditional glassblowing techniques.

“My exposure to artists and glass art organizations allowed me to hone my skills and comprehension of glassblowing,” said Castro. I wanted my partnership on The Mayor’s award to not only give recognitionto the artists, but to also stimulate inventiveness. The glass disk with over lapping lines has a small window in the center enabling the eye to physically look through the sculpture.”  

Following the success of 2015, Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Office of Arts and Culture will continuethe partnership into the future. The collaboration will ensure the Pacific Northwest’s great tradition ofglass will play a role in one of Seattle’s most revered arts events.

"Do Not Miss"

Thought we were killing an hour but was the highlight of our day. No photographs could do it justice. We are seasoned travelers and one of the best exhibits I have ever seen.


Reviewed October 29, 2015 on TripAdvisor


Visit during the evening and you'll be delighted by the garden spectacle. Chihuly's glass sculptures come alive through the vibrant showcase amongst nature - its best context! A feast for your eyes and imagination.


Reviewed October 29, 2015 on TripAdvisor

"A must when visiting Seattle!"

This exhibit is absolutely amazing! I have visited Seattle many times and this was my first visit to Chihuly and I cannot believe it took me so long! The glass is breathtaking and each piece is beautiful and unique. I HIGHLY recommend visiting when your in the city.


Reviewed October 29, 2015 on TripAdvisor


What a wonderful exhibit! This was a total surprise to me and it was a visit to remember. Each exhibit was breath taking and fortunately there is a series of short films explaining the process. To my mind this is a must see in Seattle.


Reviewed June 2, 2015 on TripAdvisor

"Amazing. Go here."

Amazing art, great venue- great setting. Flawless. Don't miss this place. Went with a 3 year old and she was even impressed. Amongst lots of Seattle tourist destinations- easy to get to. Seriously, go here!


Reviewed May 4, 2015 on TripAdvisor

"A wonderful treasure"

Photos cannot do this exhibition justice. As I wandered from room to room my reaction was a continual WOW. Then to head out into the Garden and see Glass sculptures matching the flower gardens - that was beautiful. If I had more time in Seattle, I would have loved to have visited again.


Reviewed May 4, 2015 on TripAdvisor

"Don't miss it!"

An amazing and beautiful exhibition of craft glass. I'm not usually impressed by this sort of stuff but the scale, variety and lighting of these very elegant glass sculptures is amazing. The gardens, with glass and flowers contrasting and blending, are also very relaxing - if it wasn't for the traditional Seattle drizzle!


Reviewed May 4, 2015 on TripAdvisor

"Beautiful, peaceful and one of a kind..."

A great way to spend a couple of hours. Take your time strolling through the museum. Part of the museum is a theater with several short films about Chihuly - take the time to watch them, they are interesting. Take plenty of pics, some of the most beautiful colors! Also great is the fact that you can buy your ticket via a kiosk outside, will save you tons of time. You can also buy a joint ticket for the space needle and the museum. One fun tip: in the garden in the afternoon there is a blue glass ball that has a beautiful reflection of the space needle. it is one of my favorite pictures from my trip to Seattle.


Reviewed May 4, 2015 on TripAdvisor

"Glass at it's Very Finest"

You will find no other display of glass works as plentiful and as beautifully mastered as Seattle's Chihuly Garden and Glass. Whether you have ever blown glass or not, you will be left amazed.


Reviewed May 3, 2015 on TripAdvisor

"Moved me to tears"

I am not an artistic person, but I did connect with the display at this museum. The presentations of Native American art was small but well displayed. I love to garden and the use of glass outside as a natural drop was creative and spectacular.


Reviewed May 3, 2015 on TripAdvisor


If you are not familiar with Chihuly, you will be amazed. Wide variety of works representing his artistry over the years. The outdoor gardens are spectacular, and if you are observant, you will find glass orbs with the Space Needle reflected in them!


Reviewed May 2, 2015 on TripAdvisor