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Curriculum Vitae
 



Curriculum Vitae

Denis O’Connor
Born Australia 1953

 

Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Fine Art. Charles Sturt University- Riverina, NSW.
  • Masters of Art (Visual & Performing). Charles Sturt University- Riverina, N.S.W.
  • Masters of Education. Charles Sturt University- Riverina, N.S.W.
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Art Education. Newcastle College of Advanced Education. Now the University of Newcastle. N.S.W.
  • Diploma of Fine Art (4yr) National Art School. Hunter Street Newcastle. N.S.W.

 

Overseas Study and Work Experience

  • Scandinavia
  • Great Britain
  • Canada
  • U.S.A

 

Teaching

  • Caulfield Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria (now Monash University).
  • N.S.W. Department of Education and Training.
  • Canberra School of Art. Australian National University. ACT.
  • Riverina College of Advanced Education. Wagga Wagga NSW.
  • Riverina Murray Institute of Higher Education. Wagga Wagga NSW.
  • Charles Sturt University. School of Visual and Performing Arts. Riverina, N.S.W.
  • Riverina Institute TAFE NSW. Wagga Wagga Campus, N.S.W. Fine Art and Design.  

 

Employment

  • Public Programs and Education Officer. Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery,  
    NSW.
  • Full time artist. Studio Wagga Wagga, NSW.

 

Exhibitions

Exhibited widely throughout Australia and overseas since 1973.
Selected major solo and invitational exhibitions since 1990 listed below.

2014 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award. Selected finalist. Grafton Regional Art Gallery, NSW. Touring.
2012 FATE. Staff exhibition, Riverina Institute. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga NSW Australia.
2011 Adrift. Denis O’Connor: Drawings-a twenty year survey. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga NSW Australia.
2010 Life to Line. Final exhibition PhD. Joyes Hall Exhibition Space. Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga campus, NSW Australia.
2009 Adrift. Drawings, work in progress exhibition. PhD. H.R.Gallop Gallery. Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga campus. NSW Australia.
2008 Submerge. Self Directed Residency exhibition. The Other Gallery. Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff Alberta, Canada.
2008 Text/Object. An exhibition of collaborative and inter-disciplinary works by staff of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga campus. NSW. . Wagga  Wagga Regional Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga NSW.
2008 Jacandara Aquisitive Drawing Award. Selected work. Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW.  Touring.
2008 Crossfire. Print and Glass. An exhibition exploring connections. Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga NSW.
2007 Repecussions: Portraits and other Drawings. PhD work in progress exhibition. H.R. Gallop Gallery, Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga campus. NSW.
2007

Outback Art Prize. Works on Paper Award.  Selected finalist. Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW.

2007 CountryScapes. Selected from Country Energy Art Prize 2006. Artspace, Sydney NSW.
2006 Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting. Selected finalist. Goulburn Regional Gallery. Goulburn, NSW.
2006 Swan Hill Print and Drawing Awards. Selected finalist. Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery. Swan Hill Victoria.
2004 aaah. Riverina Institute Art and Media staff exhibition. Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, NSW.
2004 Country Energy Blackfriars Drawing Aquisitive. Drawing selected. Cootamundra N.S.W. and Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery.
2003 Raw waR. Drawing selected. Albury Regional Art Gallery. N.S.W.
2003 Re-connections. Exhibition of selected drawings by Fine Art staff, TAFE N.S.W. A satellite exhibition of the ‘Drawing-Connection II conference, COFA UNSW. The Muse Gallery, Sydney Institute, Ultimo, Sydney N.S.W.
2003 Love Your Work. TAFE N.S.W. An exhibition of selected works from Fine Arts Staff, TAFE N.S.W. The Muse Gallery, Sydney Institute, Ultimo Sydney N.S.W.
2003 Postcard Show. Drawings selected. Grafton Regional Art Gallery, Grafton N.S.W.
2002 Albury Art Prize 2002. Albury Regional Art Gallery, Albury N.S.W.
2001 From Line To Life. Solo exhibition of drawings. Grafton Regional Art Gallery, Grafton N.S.W.
2001 Jacaranda Aquisitive Drawing Award. (and tour) Grafton Regional Gallery, Grafton N.S.W.
2000 The Drawn Line. Regional artists Survey Exhibition, Albury Regional Art Gallery, Albury N.S.W.
2000 Works on Paper. Albury Purchase Award, Albury Regional Art Gallery, Albury N.S.W.
1999 From Line to Life. Solo exhibition of drawings. Shepparton Regional art Gallery, Shepparton Victoria.
1998 From Line to Life. Solo exhibition of drawings. Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga N.S.W.
1998 Working Art. Riverina Institute of TAFE, Arts and Media Staff Exhibition, Albury Regional Art Gallery, Albury Victoria.
1998 Drawings. Master of Fine Art exhibition and seminar. H.R. Gallop Gallery, Charles Sturt University, Riverina N.S.W.
1997 From The Model. An exploration of the human figure. Rice Theatre Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta Canada.
1997 Faces and Figures. Contemporary Figurative Representation in Alberta. Art is Vital Gallery, Calgary, Alberta Canada.
1997 While in Canada. Solo exhibition of drawings. Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta Canada.
1996 Beyond The Great Divide. Drawings. Arts Council of N.S.W. 50th Anniversary Exhibition. Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga N.S.W.
1994 Reprise. Drawings. Charles Sturt University Staff Exhibition, Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery. Wagga Wagga N.S.W.
1994 The Cutting Edge. National Glass Triennial. Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga N.S.W.
1993 ACI Glass Award. Meat Market Craft Centre. Melbourne, Victoria.
1993 Sculptures in Glass. Beaver Galleries. Canberra. ACT
1992 Guests From Australia. Jahresmess Kunsthandwerk Mueseum Fir Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany.
1992 Drawings on Glass and Paper. Solo exhibition Riverina Galleries. Wagga Wagga, N.S.W.
1992 Ways of Seeing. Exhibition of drawings. H.R. Gallop Gallery. Charles Sturt University. Wagga Wagga, N.S.W.
1990

Art Glass From Australia. West Germany, Holland, France. Touring Exhibition.

1990  International Exhibition of Glass. Kanazawa, Japan.

 

Collections

Represented in Australian and overseas private collections.
Represented in major Australian public collections.

  • Ministry for the Arts/Craft, Victoria, Australia.
  • Monash University, Victoria, Australia.
  • National College for the Arts, Victoria, Australia.
  • TAFE NSW, Newcastle Institute, Australia.
  • Her Excellency Lady Cowan.
  • Skolan for Brugskunst, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Ebeltoft International Glass Museum, Ebeltoft, Denmark.
  • Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Australia.
  • Manly City Art Gallery, NSW, Australia.
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria, Australia.
  • Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia.
  • Launceston Art Gallery, Tasmania, Australia.
  • Power House Museum, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia.
  • Nordlingen City, Nordlingen, Germany.
  • TAFE NSW, Riverina Institute, Australia.
  • Albury Regional Art Gallery, NSW. Australia.
  • Shepparton Regional Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia.
  • Grafton Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Australia.
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT, Australia.

 

Publications

  • Clear Thinking – Australian glass artistry. May/June 1980. Belle. Australian Consolidated Press.
  • Glazed expression. November/December 1983. Belle. Australian Consolidated Press.
  • Stained Glass in Australia. Jenny Zimmer, 1984. Oxford University Press.
  • Our Glass Studio. Craft Australia. Winter 1985/2 pp 49, 50. Crafts Council of Australia.
  • Cultivating the Country: Living with the arts in regional Australia. Ed. Peter Timms & Robyn Christie, 1988. Oxford University Press.
  • Glass: A Contemporary Art. Dan Klein, 1989. Collins.
  • Australian Studio Glass: The Movement, Its Makers and Their Art. Noris Ioannou, 1995. Caftsman House.
  • National Art Glass Collection. From The Collection of the City Art Gallery Wagga. 1995. City Art Gallery Wagga Wagga.
  • The Story of Studio Glass. Ed. Finn Lynggaard, 1998. Rhodos.
  • Figurative Line Drawing. Dr. Neill Overton. Craft Arts International. No 45, 1999. P 86. Craft–Arts Pty Ltd.
  • O’Connor ADRIFT: In The Frozen World. Dr. Neill Overton. Craft Arts International. No 84, 2012. P 107. Craft- Arts Pty Ltd.

 

Selected Catalogues

  • With Care. Aus-Glass Show. Jam Factory Gallery. 1979.
  • Images Now. An exhibition by staff from Caulfield Institute of Technology, Melbourne Victoria. 1980.
  • With Care. Aus-Glass Show. Jam Factory Gallery. 1979.
  • Glass from Australia and New Zealand. Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt Germany. 1985.
  • The International Exhibition of Glass. Kanazawa, Japan. 1988.
  • Australian Glass “88”. Meat Market Craft Centre, Melbourne Victoria.
  • The International  Exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa, Japan. 1990
  • Art Glass from Australia. Touring exhibition, West Germany, Holland, France. 1990.
  • Beyond The Great Divide. Arts Council of NSW 50th Anniversary – Visual Arts Exhibition. City Art Gallery Wagga Wagga, NSW Australia 1996.
  • Faces and Figures. Contemporary Figurative Representation in Alberta. Art is Vital Gallery, Calgary Canada. 1997.
  • From Line to Life. Denis O’Connor Figurative Drawings. Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery. NSW, 1998.
  • From Line to Life. Denis O’Connor Figurative Drawings. Shepparton Regional Art Gallery. Victoria, 1999.
  • From Line to Life. Denis O’Connor Figurative Drawings. Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW, 2000.
  • Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award. Grafton Regional Gallery. 2000.
  • The Drawn Line. Survey Exhibition of drawing by Artists of the Albury Wodonga region. Albury Regional Art Gallery, NSW. 2000.
  • Albury Art Prize. Albury Regional Art Gallery. 2004.
  • Aaah… TAFE NSW Riverina Institute Arts & Media Staff Exhibition. Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery. 2004.
  • Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting. Finalists Exhibition Goulburn Regional Art Gallery 2006.
  • Repercussions. Portraits and other Drawings. PhD work in progress. H.R.Gallop Gallery Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga campus NSW. 2007.
  • Crossfire. Print and Glass. An exhibition exploring connections. Curated by Cath Bowdler. Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga NSW. 2008.
  • Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award. Grafton Regional Art Gallery, Grafton NSW.2008
  • Text/Object. An exhibition of collaborative and inter-disciplinary works by staff of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga campus. NSW. Wagga  Wagga Regional Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga NSW.  2008.
  • Adrift: Denis O’Connor: Drawings, a twenty year survey. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. NSW 2011.
  • Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award . Grafton Regional Art Gallery, Grafton NSW. 2014.

 

Selected Published Essays

  • An Unlikely Address. National Student Art Glass Prize catalogue, 2010. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery pub. pp.7 -10.
  • The Genesis of a Collection. Australian Signatures: The National Art Glass Collection. From the collection of Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, 2013. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery pub. pp 1-5.
  • Remembering Early Days of Studio Glass in Australia: The genesis of a collection. Why Wagga Wagga? The 16th Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Glass Artists. Conference paper. 2013. pp 69-74.
  • Evidence in possession:. The formative years of Australian studio glass. Catalogue, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. 2015.

 

Awards, Scholarships and Residencies

  • Cultural Grants Award. John Coburn Head National Art School. 1973.
  • Philips Industries (Leonora Glass) Scholarship, Newcastle NSW, Australia. 1973.
  • Hunter Valley North Coast Student Drawing Award. Newcastle NSW, Australia.1975.
  • Ministry for the Arts/Crafts. Assistant to Professor Bill Boysen. Blow Glass Down Under Tour. 1974.
  • Artist in Residence, Riverina College of Advanced Education NSW, Australia. Premier’s Department Artist in the Community funding 1982.
  • Ministry for the Arts/Crafts, Studio Establishment Grant. 1983.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award. TAFE NSW Riverina Institute, Australia. 2007.
  • Self-Directed Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff Alberta Canada 2008.
  • Charles Sturt University, Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship. 2009.

 

 

 

 
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