Dale Chihuly will join such distinguished names as Chuck Close, Renee Fleming and Loren Maazel on Oct. 4, when he is awarded the Institute of International Education’s Fritz Redlich Alumni Award. In a nutshell, the award recognizes Fulbright Scholars (a program the IIE administers for the U.S. Department of State) who continue to contribute “innovative ideas, valuable knowledge, and dedication to the cause of mutual understanding and international cooperation.” Chihuly was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to work at the Venini factory in Venice, Italy, in 1968. (Shown here is a a piece by Chihuly called “Chiostro di Sant’Apollonia Chandelier” from 1996)
And, arties, here’s your Word for Today: Fazzoletto. Venini, founded in 1925, became famous for its “fazzoletto” design. Fazzoletto, which trips nicely off the tongue, means “handkerchief,” and the dazzlingly colorful pieces that came from the factory resemble a basket made from a square of cloth, soft folds and all.