Bethany Wheeler

Bethany Wheeler

Bethany Wheeler is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia who specialises in kiln formed glass.  She obtained a Master of Fine Art degree from Monash University in 2003 and has been exhibiting her work both nationally and internationally for the past 15 years.  Bethany’s work can be found in private and public collections including the National Glass Art Collection of Australia.  In 2013 she established 1000 Degrees Glass Studios, a communal kiln forming and cold working studio in Melbourne.  Bethany employs a multitude of techniques within her work including fusing, slumping, casting and the creation of pattern using cold carving and multiple firing techniques.

Artists Statement

I am drawn to working with glass because we live in vitreous environments; it’s a material that surrounds us in almost every part of life.   Glass allows light to fill space, letting objects visually materialize and dematerialize simultaneously whilst describing interior and exterior space.  It is charged with fascinating material paradoxes, fragility | solidity, liquid | solid, transparent | translucent | opaque – it is a hybrid that illustrates notions of the human condition and ways of seeing.

| Education |

2001-2003, Master of Fine Art – by Research - Glass, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University

2000, Bachelor of Art – Ceramic Design - Glass – 1st class Honours, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University

1997-1999, Bachelor of Art – Ceramic Design|Glass, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University

|Selected Exhibitions |

June 2016, Aesthetics In a Time of Emergency, Craft ACT, Act

2015, Virtuoso, Kirra Galleries, Federation Square, Vic

2015, One Night with 25 Sculptors, MARS Gallery, Vic

2015, Return To Nature, Jarmbi Gallery, Burrinja Cultural Center, Upwey, Vic

2015, Contemporary Glass: Refracting a History, Incinerator Art Gallery, Moonee Ponds, Vic

July 2015, A Sinister Beauty, Strange Neighbour, Fitzroy, Vic

2015, KIGA – Kirra Illuminating Glass Award finalist, The Light in Winter @ Kirra Galleries, Federation Square, Vic

2015, Desire - Scupture & Wearable Art, Kirra Galleries, Federation Square, Vic

2015, The Tom Malone Prize - Shortlisted finalist, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Wa

2015, Solo - Imprint, Place & Memory, The Gallery @ Bayside Art & Cultural Center, Brighton, Vic

2014, Artists Emerge at the WTC, MARS Gallery, World Trade Center, Vic

2014, 184 Molds Later, The Gallery, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Usa

2014, KIGA – Kirra Illuminating Glass Award finalist, The Light in Winter @ Kirra Galleries, Federation Square, Vic

2013, Glass Showcase, Kirra Galleries @ Albert Street Gallery, Vic

2013, Three Vitreous Bodies, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Nsw

2013, Decoration & Design: “The Black Object”, Clement Meadmore Gallery, The Academy of Design, Vic

2013, Ensemble, Ausglass Members Exhibition, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Nsw

2012, Director’s Choice, Kirra Gallery, Vic

2012, Ranamok Glass Prize - Finalist, Touring Nationally

2011, SOFA Chicago, represented by Kirra Gallery, Usa

2011, Art Melbourne, represented by Glass Plus Gallery, Vic

2011, Media Specific, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Vic

2011, The Tom Malone Prize - Finalist, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Wa

2011, Gaffer Studio Glass, Hong Kong

2011, Tell us your stories, Object Galleries, Sydney, Nsw

2011, Kaleidoscope, Ausglass Members Exhibition, Peripheral Vision Conference, Sydney College of the Arts, NSW

2010, MM10 The Monash Momentum Continues, Kirra Gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne, Vic

2010, Miscellany, Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, Vic

2009, Encore Encore, Vienna, Austria

2009, MM09, Kirra Gallery, Federation Square, Vic

2009, Design::Made::Trade, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Vic

2009, Art Melbourne represented by Glass Plus Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

2009, Encore, Glass Artists Gallery, Glebe, NSW

2008, SOFA Chicago, represented by Kirra Gallery, USA

2008, Entanglement, Manningham Gallery, Vic

2008, Ranamok Glass Prize - Finalist, Touring Nationally

2008, Glass Now Weekend, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, USA

2008, Some Like it Hot, Glass Plus Gallery, South Melbourne, Vic

2008, Art Melbourne represented by Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, Vic

2008, Bethany Wheeler, Kirra Gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne, Vic

2007, Ranamok Glass Prize - Finalist, Touring Nationally

2007, Generation M, Kirra Gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne, Vic

2006, Glass Plus Five, Glass Plus Gallery, South Melbourne, Vic

2006, Ranamok Glass Prize - Finalist, Touring Nationally

2006, Synthesis: Fusing + Kiln Forming, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, USA

2006, Worn, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, Nsw

2006, Fire, Australian Wildlife Gallery, Bairnsdale, Vic

2005, Artworks Gallery, Southport, Qld

2005, Element, 1000C, Avalon, Nsw

2005, Monash Glass 25 Years, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Vic

2005, Journey Through the Flame, Kirra Gallery, Southbank, Vic

2005, Southern Lights, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide, Sa

2005, Summer Heat, Object, Sydney, Nsw

2005, Coastline, 1000C, Avalon, Nsw

| Collections |

National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Collection, NSW

Yarra Valley Grammar School Collection, Vic

Various private collections in Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, France, USA, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand & Japan

 

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