Rick Mills is a glass and mixed-media sculptor and Professor of Art at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received his BFA from Ohio State University and an MFA from the University of Hawaii. In 1986, Mills received his first fellowship with the Creative Glass Center of America; 2004 will make his second CGCA fellowship. In 1988 he was a research fellow at the Royal College of Art in London, England. In 1992 and 1998 he taught glass casting at the Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA. 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, WA in 1997 & 2000 and at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, WA in 1999. In 1998 he completed a large glass frieze commissioned by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) for the Hawaii Convention Center and in 1999 received their Individual Artist Fellowship Award. He recently completed another large glass wall relief sculpture for Leilehua High School in Wahiawa as part of the SFCA’s Artists in the Schools Program. IN 2002 he received the Baciu Award from the Artists of Hawaii 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, Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark, Royal College of Art, London, England.
Critic Residency Essay by Robin Rice