The name Dale Chihuly (b. 1941) has become synonymous with glass art of the 20th century. His explorations of glass as a medium stretch the boundaries of what was once considered possible and led to his fame as a true innovator in the field. He took a material that was generally used for small, intimate pieces and found ways to turn it into a sculptural medium on par with ceramics, clay and bronze. By enlisting a cadre of assistants, he further pushed the art form in a conceptual direction. With the help of his studio assistants, he is able to create the massive, intricate, gorgeously grand works he envisions. Chihuly has the ability to wow viewers as few other artists can.