Professor Rick Mills

 

Teaching Philosophy

I believe students must pursue a course of study and creative inquiry that is fueled by their own interests. It is my job to help them locate this: by providing training to teach them the necessary technical skills so they can articulate their ideas; by providing a historical background from which they can contextualize their art work within, and providing a rigorous environment to challenge themselves and their classmates to produce their very best work.

I ask nothing of my students that I don’t require of myself. I expect them to be honest and sincere in all their efforts, to develop their interests in a professional way and to always aspire to accomplish their goals to the best of their abilities. Developing an artistic voice is difficult to begin with and takes concerted effort, patience and a willingness to contend with failure. To develop ones’ voice in such a challenging medium as glass is even more difficult. I believe my role as a professor is to foster a supportive yet challenging learning environment, to inspire students to excel, and to help them develop as thoughtful individuals, good global citizens and great artists. I try to instill within each of my students the sense responsibility to their community that comes with the honor of being an artist.

Biography

Rick Mills is a glass and mixed-media sculptor and Full Professor of Art at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received his Bachelors of Fine Art Degree from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio and a Masters of Fine Art Degree from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. In 1986 and again in 2004, Mills received Creative Glass Center of America Fellowships in Millville, New Jersey, and in 1987-‘88, he was awarded a research fellowship at the Royal College of Art in London, England and studied under Keith Cummings. In 1988 he accepted the assistant professorship position at the University of Hawaii and established the Glass Program in the Department of Art and Art History. In 1989 he initiated the Visiting Artist Program in Glass (VAPG) to bring artists from around the world to the University to share their expertise with UHM students. Many of these artists donated the work they made to the program to enable the next artists to come to Hawaii. 1992 and 1998 he taught courses in glass casting at the renowned Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. Through the years, his work has been widely exhibited locally, nationally and internationally in places such as the International Glass Kanazawa 1990, Japan, Crossings, 1989 France-Hawaii; solo exhibitions at The Contemporary Museum, Hawaii in 1995, Friesen Gallery in Seattle, Washington in 1997 & 2000 and at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington in 1999.

In 1995 and 1998 he completed large-scale public sculptures commissioned by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) Art in Public Places Program for the Queen Liliokalani Student Services Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Hawaii Convention Center, in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 1999 Mills received the SFCA’s Individual Artist Fellowship Award. In November of 2003, he completed another large glass wall relief sculpture for Leilehua High school in Wahiawa also as part of the SFCA’s Artists in the Schools Program and in January 2007 a glass curtain wall for the Maui Memorial Medical Center in Kahului, Maui. Mills is currently completing a series of five large-scale monolithic glass sculptures for the new Hawaii State Public Library in Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii as part of SFCA’s Art in Public Places Program. Completion and dedication is planned for March 2015.

In 2002 Mills received the Baciu Award for his glass sculpture entitled “The Midden and the Maid” in the Artists of Hawaii annual statewide exhibition at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. His sculptures and blown glass are in numerous private and public collections such as the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Persis Corporation Honolulu, HI, DHX Corporate Headquarters, San Francisco, California, Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark, Royal College of Art, London, England.

Resume

EDUCATION:

1986 MFA Sculpture, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
1980 BFA Sculpture, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2000 “Sentience,” Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1999 “Sentience,” Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Washington
1997 “Inherent Voice,” Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1996 “Artificial Curiosities,” The Contemporary Museum, Castle Gallery, Honolulu,
Hawaii
1989 “Greasing the Wheel,” Queen Emma Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii
1988″Walking Sticks,” Jay Mews Studio Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, England

TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS:

1994 “Color and Light,” The Contemporary Museum’s Alana Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii

1985 “Uechi / Mills,” Volcano Arts Center Gallery, Volcano, Hawaii
1984 “Odd and Even,” Central Pacific Bank, Honolulu, Hawaii

SELECTED INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS:

2009 “Hawaii’s Modern Masters” Luxury Row, 2100 Kalakaua Avenue and the Cedar Street Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii
“Faculty Exhibition” University of Hawaii, Department of Art and Art History, Honolulu, Hawaii
“Art of Glass II” Crysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia
“Faculty Exhibition” University of Hawaii, Department of Art and Art History, Honolulu, Hawaii
2008 “Accessions” Hawaii State Art Museum, Recent Acquisitions, Honolulu, Hawaii
2005-2009 “Commitment to Excellence,” The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce
Annual Exhibition, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Linekona Arts Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
2007 “2100 Kalakaua Avenue and the Fine Art Associates”, Honolulu, Hawaii
“Uncommon Objects”, Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
“Island to Island: A Collaboration Between Three International Universities” One of fifty artist from the University of Hawaii, the Universiti Sains Malayasia, Penang, and the University of Tasmania Launceston
2004 Hawaii Craftsmen Annual Exhibition, Invited Artist, Honolulu Academy of Arts,
Linekona Art Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
“Commitment to Excellence,” The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce Annual
Exhibition, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Linekona Arts Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
2003 “Vessels,” Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, Hawaii “Commitment to
Excellence,” The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce Annual Exhibition, Honolulu
Academy of Arts, Linekona Arts Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
20/20 Vision: Creative Glass Center of America, Museum of Contemporary Glass,
Millville, New Jersey
“Fire to Form: Glass Artists of Hawaii,” traveling exhibition, The Contemporary Museum
at the First Hawaiian Bank Center Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii
2002 “Fire to Form: Glass Artists of Hawaii,” Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, Makawao,
Hawaii
1999 “New Vessels,” Morgan Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1993- ’01″Commitment to Excellence,” The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce Annual
Exhibition, Amfac Exhibition Plaza, Honolulu, Hawaii
1998 “Pilchuck Faculty Exhibition,” Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington
1997 “Collective Visions 1967-1997 30th Anniversary Exhibition of the State
Foundation on Culture and the Arts,” Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu,
Hawaii
“The Ripple Effect in Glass,” The Gallery of American Craft, Millville, New Jersey
“Crossings ’89/ ’97,” Pegge Hopper Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii
1996 “Artist / Hawaii,” The Contemporary Museum’s First Hawaiian Bank Gallery,
Honolulu, Hawaii
1995 “Glass Weekend,” The Gallery of American Craft, Millville, New Jersey
1994 “The Second Annual Pacific Rim Sculpture Conference,” The Honolulu Academy of
Arts Linekona Arts Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS:

2004 “Inner-Scapes” Hawaii State Art Museum, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts,
Honolulu, Hawaii
2002 “Enriched By Diversity: The Art of Hawaii” Hawaii State Art Museum Inaugural
Exhibition, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii
“Artists of Hawaii,” Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii
2000 “Hawaii Craftsmen Annual Exhibition,” Honolulu Academy of Arts Linekona Arts
Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
1994-’95″Artists of Hawaii,” Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii

PUBLIC SCULPTURE COMMISSIONS:

2012-2013 “Mist of Time”* Manoa Public Library a large scale monumental glass sculpture
commissioned by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Kiln Cast Glass, Bronze, 5
elements, 10’ x 4’ x 1’ largest (*working title)
2007 “Haloa: Everlasting Breath” Abrasive blast carved taro leaf design 6’ x 9’ x 3/4” thick,
Commissioned by The Fine Art Associates, for the First Hawaiian Bank, Corporate Headquarters,
21st Floor, Bishop Square, Honolulu, Hawaii
2006-2007 “Healing Waters” Maui Memorial Medical Center, Wailuku Maui, a large scale glass
curtain wall commissioned by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Kiln Formed Glass,
Stainless Steel, 10’ x 20’ x 2”
2006 “Midden and the Made” Hokua main lobby and garden level lanai, 2-3 piece blown glass
groupings indoors, each 74” x 20” x 8” and 1-5 piece blown glass grouping outdoors, 78” x 24” x
36”
1999-2003 “Ka Piko,” A large scale cast glass sculptural wall frieze 10′ x 16′, commissioned by
State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Artists in the Schools Program. Located at Leilehua
High School’s main library, Wahiawa, Hawaii
2000 “Something Calls” 76” x 20” x 18” cast glass and welded steel public sculpture, main
lobby DHX corporate headquarters in San Francisco, California
1998 “Reef Map,” A large-scale cast glass and copper sculptural wall frieze 10′ x 26′ x 6”
commissioned by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Art in Public Places
Program. Located on Hale Alawai meeting room concourse level of the Hawaii Convention
Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.
1995 “Spirit of Loyalty,” A monolithic out door cast glass and bronze sculpture commissioned by
the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Art in Public Places Program to commemorate the
Varsity Victory Volunteers. Located in the Student Service Building on the University of
Hawaii’s Manoa Campus, Honolulu, Hawaii.
1990 “Atlantean Dreams” A medium scale cast glass and bronze interior sculptural wall
niche commissioned by Janis Beuret and Associates for the Tosei International Commerce
Honolulu, Hawaii. (Sculpture was sold to an anonymous collector in 2002 when the building was
sold to a new owner currently on view at the Fine Art Associates.)

COLLECTIONS:

Elton John, Atlanta, Georgia residence
DHX corporate headquarters in San Francisco, CA
Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark
Hokua Condominium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Hale Koa Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii
Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Relocatable Collection, Honolulu, Hawaii
Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Art in Public Places Program, Honolulu, Hawaii
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii
Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii
Persis Collection, Honolulu, Hawaii
Queen Emma Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii
Royal College of Art, London, England
The Museum of American Glass, Millville, New Jersey

VISITING FACULTY:

1999 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington, Visiting Artist
1992,’98 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington
Three week course in Bonded Sand Glass Casting
1988 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
Glass casting demonstration, slide lecture, individual critiques

FELLOWSHIPS / SCHOLARSHIPS:

2004, 1986 Creative Glass Center of America, Wheaton Village, Millville, New Jersey
5 and 3 month (respectively) fellowships with stipend
2000 Individual Artists Fellowship, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu,
Hawaii, $5.K
1993 University of Hawaii, Center for Arts and Humanities, two course reduction in
teaching load for research on “Spirit of Loyalty”
1987- ’88 Staff Attached Research Assistantship at the Royal College of Art, London, England
December 1987- July 1988.

AWARDS:

2002 Baciu Award, $ 3K for outstanding achievement in the Visual Arts given at the annual
Artists of Hawaii exhibition, Awarded by the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the
Hawaii Community Foundation Honolulu, Hawaii
1987 First Runner Up, Brosse/ Heller Scent Bottle Competition, Heller Gallery, New York
1986 $10K Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement, University of Hawaii, Department of
Art, Honolulu, Hawaii

HONORS:

1989,’93 “Instructor of the Year,” University of Hawaii, Department of Art

GRANTS:

2005 Bullseye Glass Company Educational Improvement Grant, $3K in glass materials per year
for 3 years. Awarded to glass programs on the merit of student work and faculty direction to assist
in further development of kiln working. Was also invited and participated in a 5 day workshop on
teacher training.
1994 BHP Hawaii Foundation, $4.5K for new glass melting furnace materials
Henry Clark, $5.45K for new glass melting furnace materials
1992 Center for Arts and Humanities, University of Hawaii, $2K Small Project Grant, Dale
Chihuly’s glass blowing team
1991 & 2006 Bullseye Glass Company Educational Grant, Portland , OR, $2K specialized
colored glass
1990 PRI Foundation, $.5K for new furnace materials
1989 Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, $2K to begin “Visiting Artist
Program in Glass”

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

Public Glass Blowing demonstrations from a portable glass furnace:
2008, 2012 The Contemporary Museum, 20th Anniversary Fundraising event, 2411 Makiki
Heights Drive Honolulu, Hawaii (Scheduled for Oct. ‘08)
Hawaii Glass Artists, First Friday, The Arts at Marks Garage, Honolulu, Hawaii
2008 Grant Review and Selection Committee, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts,
Honolulu, Hawaii. Member on review panel to award grant monies to various art groups
and organizations.
2007 Hawaii State Art Museum, 5th year Anniversary, Capitol District One, Honolulu, Hawaii
2006 “UH at the State Legislature”, Live Hot Glass blowing Demonstration on the Grounds of
the State Capitol, Honolulu, Hawaii. Students in the glass program work together to
present glass blowing from a portable furnace.
2002 “Celebrate Culture and the Arts Festival,” Glass blowing demonstration for the grand
opening of the new Hawaii State Art Museum, Capitol District One, Honolulu, Hawaii
1999 & 2006 Glass Demonstration for the opening of “Vitreous Spectacle” a student glass
exhibition at Windward Community College’s Iolani Gallery
1997 “Celebrate the Arts,” Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii
1993, ’95,’96 “Celebrate the Arts,” Honolulu Academy of Arts Linekona Arts Center, Honolulu,
1998,1999 Hawaii
1994 The Contemporary Museum Open House, Honolulu, Hawaii
1993 “5th Anniversary Celebration of The Contemporary Museum,” The Contemporary
Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
1990 “Ye Glass Equation,” Student Exhibition at the Kapiolani Community College Koa
Gallery, Demonstration for opening reception
1986-’91Hawaii Craftsmen’s’ Raku Hoolaule’a, Kualoa Beach Park, 2 day demonstrations
1989-’93 College Art Annual Exhibition, Amfac Exhibition Plaza, Honolulu, Hawaii
1989-’93 Hawaii Craftsmen Annual Exhibition, Amfac Exhibition Plaza, Honolulu, Hawaii
Panel Discussions/ Lectures:
2008 “The History of Studio Glass in Hawaii: The first 38 years” HISAM, SFCA Fellowship
lecture
2002 “The History of Studio Glass in Hawaii: The first 33 years” Hui No’eau Visual Arts
Center, Makawao, Hawaii
1993 “Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art?” Sarah Bremser, Rick Mills, Joan Rose, and
Merril Rueppel, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii
1990 “Objectionable Art,” Dialogue, KHNET, Public T.V. Honolulu, Hawaii
Juror:
2005 “Art Maui” Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, annual all media exhibition
1998 “Chairs…To Sit or Not,” Kukui Grove Shopping Center, Lihue, Kauai
1993,’95 “Scholastic Art Competition,” 3-Dimensional Juror, Ala Moana Exhibition
Plaza, Honolulu, Hawaii
1989 “The Light Touch,” Stained Glass Association of Hawaii, Amfac Exhibition Plaza
Consultant:
2007-
2003 Grant Review and Selection Committee, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the
Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii
2008-
1992 Acquisition Selection Committee, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts,
Honolulu, Hawaii
President:
1989-’94 College Art Inc. Executive Board, An organization of University of Hawaii at Manoa
and UH Community Colleges Art students that conducted the annual “College Art Exhibition” in
Honolulu, Hawaii

BIBLIOGRAPHY/ REVIEWS:

2003 American Style Magazine, Cover Image, Summer 2003, Volume 9, Number 4,
pp. 80-81
2002 Persistence of Craft, Keith Cummings, A&C Black, London, pp.
1997 Techniques of Kiln-formed Glass, Keith Cummings, A & C Black, London
University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1997 pp.126-127
1997 Glass Magazine, review of Rick Mills “Inherent Voice” Friesen Gallery, Seattle,
Washington, by Matthew Kangas, Fall 1997, Number 68 pp.60
Seattle Times Newspaper, review of Rick Mills “Inherent Voice” Friesen Gallery,
Seattle, Washington, by Robin Updike, June 19, 1997 pp. G 22
Art Week , review of Rick Mills “Inherent Voice” Friesen Gallery, Seattle Washington,
by Ron Glowen, September 1997, Volume 28, Number 9
Collective Visions 1967-1997, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Lisa
Yoshihara, Editor; Clarence Lee Design Associates, Designers, pp. 99
1996 Artist/ Hawaii, Joan Clark and Diane Dods, University of Hawaii Press, 1996 pp.38-43
Honolulu Advertiser Newspaper, review of Rick Mills “Artificial Curiosities” by Joan
Rose, March 3, 1996, D 5.


Public Art


Sculpture


Vessels


Process