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The Australian National University

Richard Whiteley

Glass
Richard.Whiteley@anu.edu.au
Location: Glass Workshop

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Richard Whiteley became an apprentice in stained at the age of sixteen; he holds an undergraduate degree form The School of Art, Australian National University (Glass) and a Masters degree (MFA, Sculpture) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an Associate Professor and currently the Head of the Glass Workshop and Convenor of the Craft & Design Workshops at the School of Art at The Australian National University.


Full Biography

Richard Whiteley became an apprentice in stained at the age of sixteen; he holds an undergraduate degree form The School of Art, Australian National University (Glass) and a Masters degree (MFA, Sculpture) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an Associate Professor and currently the Head of the Glass Workshop and Convenor of the Craft & Design Workshops at the School of Art at The Australian National University.

Whiteley’s research practice focuses on cast glass and his works explore voids as the primary constructive agent.  He says of the working method:

“I am interested in the physical and conceptual possibilities of space. My works explore space and I use glass as a substrate to structure and layer voided forms so they can be read as illuminated positives. I explore the inherent duality this translucent material invites and am interested in how punctuated ruptures fold the forms back on them selves. There are references to organic bodily structures and the references of  the body Within the method the works are built from the inside out; voids are ordered first and external structures are built to encapsulate these voided forms. The material qualities of glass – transparency and translucency – are elements within the work that create the dialogue between voids and solids.”

Whiteley was a board member for the Visual Art Board of the Australia Council from 2009-2011 and now serves as a peer for this organisation. His works are held in major museums and private collections worldwide, including the Australian National Gallery, the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY and the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. He has undertaken a major commission for ActewAGL as part of the enlarged Cotter Dam in Canberra. He has also received many research grants to develop creative works and perform technical research. These research projects include a major glass-recycling with a Sydney based company, Verastone Glass and he is currently working on a Roman Glass research project as well as working with Australian artist Mike Parr facilitating for him new works in glass.

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions

2016 Remain In Light, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney

2015 Distant Reflections (two person exhibition with Klaus Moje AO). Lorch-Seidel, Berlin

Surface Work (two person exhibition with Nick Mount), BMGArt Gallery, Adelaide

2013 Mass, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney

2011 Encapsulated Space, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, USA

2009 Transparent Constructions, Marx-Sanders Gallery, Chicago, USA

2008 Solid Light, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney

Solid and Suggested Space, Object Gallery, Sydney

2007 Inner Space, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne

2005 New Work, Marx-Saunders Gallery, Chicago, USA

2005 Recent Work, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, USA

2004 Arc, Axia Modern Art, Sydney

2003 Refraction, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne

2002 Richard Whiteley, Marx-Sanders Gallery, Chicago, USA

New Work, Heller Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2001 Richard Whiteley, SOFA, New York, U.S.A, Bullseye Connections Gallery, Portland, USA

Symmetry, Australian Art Resources & Axia Modern Art, Melbourne

2000 Skew, Bullseye Connections Gallery, Portland, OR, USA

1998 Transmission, Craft Victoria, Melbourne,

1996 Seam, Wagga Regional Art Gallery

1995 Richard Whiteley, The Glass Gallery, Bethesda,  USA

Group exhibitions (selected)

2015 Collaborative Endeavour, Australian Embassy, Berlin Germany, curated by Nadania Idriss, Director Berlin Glass e.V

Glass, JamFactory, Adelaide (touring Australia), curated by Brian Parks

2014 Ranamok Glass Prize, Canberra Glassworks (touring Australia)

2013 Ranamok Glass Prize,’ Canberra Glassworks, (touring Australia)

Links, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, USA. (touring USA), curated by Vicki Harper and the Tacoma Museum of Glass

10 Squared, Canberra Glassworks, curated by Vicki Harper and the Tacoma Museum of Glass

2012 Word of Mouth, Canberra Museum and Gallery, curated by Mark Baily

2011 Elements Glass, Craft ACT, Canberra, curated by Diana Hare

Ranamok Glass Prize, Canberra Glassworks (touring Australia)

2010 Mind and Matter: Meditations on Immateriality, Jam Factory, Adelaide and Object Sydney, curated by Margot Osbourne

2009 Tom Malone Glass Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

A Glass Act, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, curated by Sandy Benjamin & Caroline Field

2008 In Essence, Sabbia Gallery Sydney, curated by Dan Klien and Anna Grigson

Pilot Light, Canberra Glassworks, curated by Clare Belfrage

2006 Australian Glass 2006, Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Canada, curated by Sandra Ainsley) 

Reflections: A Decade of North Lands Creative Glass, National Museum of Scotland, UK, curated by Dan Klein

2005 Australische Impressionen, Galerie Rosenhauer, Göttingen, Germany, curated by Ursula Rosenhauer

Exhibitions curated

2014 Breathing Through Transparency, International Glass Exhibition for the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China        

Residencies

Residencies

2013 Artist in Residence, University of Washington at Tacoma and Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, USA

2009 Artist in Residence, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, U.S.A

2001 Visiting Artist, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, USA

1999 Artist in Residence, Bullseye Glass Co., Portland, USA

1992 Visiting Artist, Canberra Institute of the Arts

1991 Residency and Fellowship with Harvey Littleton, Littleton Studios, NC, USA

Grants, awards and research funding (selected)

2015 Individual Project Grant , Australia Council, with Klaus Moje AO

2012 Individual Project Grant, Australia Council (Sydney exhibition $20,000)

2011-13 Awarded major public artwork commission by ActewAGL Canberra, ACT ($230,000)

2009-10 Principal researcher for glass recycling project, ANU and Refire Glass

2009 Finalist, Tom Malone Glass Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

2006 MEC Grant, Australian National University, for Kiln and hot glass research

2005 Individual Project Grant, Australia Council

2004 Individual Project Grant, Arts ACT

2003 Craft ACT Mentorship Grant

2001 Individual Project Grant, Australia Council

National Design Commission for Australian Business Arts Foundation Awards 

2000 Winner RFC Glass Prize 

1999 Peoples Choice Prize, RFC Glass Prize

First Prize, International Expo, Glass Art Society Conference, Tampa, USA

Australia Council Grant (group) for assistance towards US exhibition

Thomas Foundation Grant (group) for assistance towards US exhibition

1998 Individual Project Grant, Australia Council Grant

1994 Individual Project Grant, Australia Council Grant      

Capitol Glass Invitational Award, The Glass Gallery, Bethesda, USA

1991 Australia Council Grant (group) for assistance toward European tour of Australian glass

1990 Graduate Scholarship and Assistantship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, USA

1988 Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Grant for Young Australians

1986 Australia Council Overseas Study Grant to attend Pilchuck Glass School

Qualifications

1992 Master of Fine Arts (MFA), University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA

1987 Bachelor of Visual Arts, Canberra School of Art, Australian National University

1986 Pilchuck Glass School (Cast Glass with Stanislav Libensky & Jaroslavá Brychtova)

Research Interests

Professional positions and activities  

2014 Speaker Breathing Through Transparency conference, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China

2011 Speaker, Design For the Next Decade, UTS and Object, Sydney

Speaker, Glass Arts Society Conference, Seattle, USA

2009 Speaker Becon conference, Portland, USA  

Inspire and Inform, lecture series for Bullseye Glass, UK, co delivered with Dr Heike Brachlow Royal College of Art, London; University of Sunderland; University of Ulster, Belfast and other venues.

Board Member for the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council (2009-12)

2008 Speaker, Glass Arts Society Conference, Portland, USA  

Demonstrator, Ausglass Conference, Canberra

2007 Juror for New Glass Review 29, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, USA

2006-8 Board Member and organiser for Ausglass Conference ‘Open House’, Canberra

2005 Demonstrator, GAS Conference, Adelaide

Speaker, Becon conference, Portland, USA

2004 Speaker, Southern Exposure Glass Conference, New Zealand

2003 Steering Committee for Canberra Glassworks, Canberra           

Keynote address, Becon conference, Portland, USA

2001 Workshop leader, Professional Casting Seminar, Bullseye Glass Company, Portland, USA

New Glass Review 23, New Glass Magazine 2000, Corning, NY, USA

1999 Board Member, Glass Arts Society, USA (1999-2001)

1998 Printing from Glass demonstrator, Glass Arts Society conference, Seto, Japan

1996 External consultant for Object magazine (96-01), Sydney

Board member Object, Australian Centre for Craft and Design, Sydney (Vice President 98-00, President 00-02 and Active Board member (1996-2003)

Chair of the Executive (96-97) and board member for Ausglass (1996-1999)

1995 Eco Design studies, Eco Design Foundation, Sydney

1992 Speaker and demonstrator, Ausglass conference, Canberra

1990 Studio assistant for Weinberg Glass, Providence, USA

1988 Commission for Chisholm Primary School, ACT via The NCDC, Canberra

International Master Workshops in Cast Glass, Canberra

Collections

Art Bank, Sydney

Australia Capital Territory Collection, Canberra

Australian National Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga

Australian National University Collection, Canberra

Bullseye Glass Company Collection, Portland, USA

China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, USA

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, USA

Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, USA

Ernsting Foundation, Berlin, Germany

Hotel Murano, Tacoma, USA

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland

Palm Springs Art Museum, USA

Portland Art Museum, Portland, USA

Portland State University, Portland, USA

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

Queensland Contemporary Art Gallery, Brisbane

Ranamok Glass Prize Collection, Sydney

Victorian State Craft Collection, Melbourne

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