Hampton Roads, VA - Therman Statom, famed glass artist, will donate his time and talents to create a spectacular 100-piece glass installation for the new lobby of Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. Statom will create blown-glass fish for the aquatic-themed project at the Chrysler Museum’s Perry Glass Studio October 21 to October 25. The public is invited to watch Statom at work in the glass studio during the week at no cost.

The project has been a year in the making and a unique community collaboration between CHKD and the Chrysler Museum, which has donated glass and studio time for the glass sculpture. Statom visited last month to meet with children in CHKD’s cancer clinic and gathered their input to inspire the project’s design. “I see art as very therapeutic. I feel it is one way that can help a child heal,” Statom says.

Statom, the son of a teacher and a doctor, has promoted the concept of using art in therapeutic ways for decades. He has created artwork for eight children’s hospitals and pediatric wards across the country and is nationally acclaimed for his large installations in public places. He studied at Pilchuck Glass School, Rhode Island School of Design and received a Master of Arts from Pratt Institute School of Art and Design. His career includes exhibitions at major museums across the United States and in Stockholm, Sweden; Paris, France; Hokkaido, Japan and Ensenada, Mexico.

CHKD is the only freestanding, full-service children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of more than 400,000 children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.