Dan Dailey


Dan Dailey is an American visual artist who has simultaneously produced sculpture and functional art with an emphasis on lighting since 1970. Made primarily from glass and metal, every piece of work begins with a drawing. Dailey's drawings and the objects they inspire depict human character and the world we inhabit, with many familiar forms rendered iconic. Dailey's myriad series explore extraordinary concepts with a broad range of themes and styles. These attributes and his forty years of achievement and recognition have made Dan Dailey a prominent artist in the history of glass, and unique among American artists. 

Since 1971, Dailey has participated in over 250 group, juried, and invitational exhibitions, and has had numerous one-person museum and gallery exhibits including a major retrospective at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. He has completed more than 70 architectural commissions for corporate headquarters, hospitals, municipalities, a county courthouse, a performing arts center, and private residences. His work is represented in more than 50 museum and public collections around the world.


1973 Full Bright Fellowship, Venice Italy

1977-Present Independent Artist, Cristallierie Daum, Paris and Nancy, France

1980 Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies in Cambridge

1987 Solo exhibition: Renwick GallerySmithsonian InstitutionWashington, D.C.

1993 Musée des Arts DécoratifsLouvre, Paris

1998 Fellow of the American Craft Council, ACC College of Fellows

1998 Outstanding Achievement in Glass, UrbanGlass

1998 Honorary Lifetime Membership Award, Glass Arts Society

2001 President’s Distinguished Artist Award, University of the Arts, Philadelphia

2001 Masters of the Medium Award, James Renwick Alliance

2001 Art of Liberty Award, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia

Present Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA 

Present Advisory Council, UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY 

Present National Advisory Board, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA