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Robert Wilhite

Robert Wilhite
Senior Lecturer
Teaches In
Product Design
Education: 

MFA, New Genres, University of California Los Angeles

BA, Cultural Anthropology, Magna Cum Laude, University of North Carolina At Asheville

 

1991 Semester in Nepal Program, School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont

 

1987-88 Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland


1987 Diploma in Visual Art, North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, North
Carolina

 

Bio/Affiliation: 

BFA, Fine Art, UC Irvine, Graduate Program

MFA, Fine Art, UC Northridge

Robert Wilhite’s 45 year, multi-disciplined career includes sculpture, painting, drawing, design, and both theatrical and sound performances. Wilhite’s practice, as he commented, is a continual juggle between the serendipitous, the conceptual, and the tangible. His work displays a readiness to freely move amongst mediums and disciplines, from fine art of sculpture, music, and performance, but also to rethinking the everyday objects around us. For Wilhite: “A painting is an object, and a coffee pot is an object. Which object inspires attention and contemplation? As artists we should be able to look at both with inspiration and folly.” In the late ’70s, Wilhite collaborated on four plays with Guy de Cointet. He remains involved in the re-staging of these plays today.

Awards/Honors: 

Grants Awarded

1977, CETA Grant for Art in Public Places

1979, Artist Fellowship Grant, National Endowment for the Arts

1981, Artist Fellowship Grant, National Endowment for the Arts

1983, “Jade Garden”, Artist Apartment, Washington Project, Funded by Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  

1985, “Gyro | Cone”, sound sculpture, Commissioned by the New Music America Festival, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, Calif.

1986, Artist Fellowship Grant, National Endowment for the Arts

Professional Accomplishments/Exhibitions:  

Selected Group Exhibitions and Performances

2015, Fox, Henhouse, and the Crow, 2015 Brussels Art Fair, Belgium

2013, IGLU, the play by Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite performed at The Rufino Tamayo Museum Theater, Chapultepec Park, Mexico, D.F.

2013, Group Exhibition, Grazer Kunstverein, Palais Trauttmansdorff, Burggasse 4, A-8010 Graz

2012, Chinese Cocktail, A Concert, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Theater, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, Calif., Pacific Standard Time Performance

2011, IGLU, a play by Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.  Pacific Standard Time Performance.

2011, Civic Virtue, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif., Pacific Standard Time Exhibition.

2010, IGLU, a play by Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite, If I can’t Dance, Frascati WG, Amsterdam

2010, IGLU, a play by Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite, STUK, Leuven, Belgium

2010, IGLU, a play by Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite, Paying a Visit To Mary, curated by Maxine Kopsa, Aldrich Museum, Conn.

2009,  The Beat Goes On, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2005, Coast to Coast, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2004, Guy de Cointet, Who Is This Guy?, MAMCO Museum, Geneva, Switzerland

2001, “Designs for Living”, Palos Verde, Calif.

2001, “Art in the Circle”, Manhattan Beach, Calif.

1999, Bill 1999, “One String Quartet”, Al’s Bar, Los Angeles, Calif.

1991, “Artists Chairs”, Gallery of Functional Art, Santa Monica, Calif.

1987, “Chair Exhibition”, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, Calif.

1985, “Furniture and Fashion”, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art

1985, “Future Furniture”, Newport Beach, Calif.

1985, “New Music America”, Los Angeles, Calif.

1984, Group Exhibition, Angeles Gallery, Santa Monica, Calif.

1984, “American Craft Traditions”, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, Calif.

1984, “Furniture Furnishings: Subject and Object”, Rhode Island School of Design, R.I.

1983, “Directions 1983”, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

1982, “Sonic Art”, CSU San Bernardino, San Bernardino, Calif.

1981, “With More Than One Sense”, Los Angeles County Art Museum, Los Angeles Calif.

1980, “Furnishings by Artists”, Otis/Parsons Art Gallery, Los Angeles, Calif.

1980, “Mach One”, Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, Santa Barbara, Calif.

1979, “Parallelogram”, PS1, Long Island City, New York

1979, “Visual | Musical Permutations”, UC Irvine, Irvine, Calif.

1979, “Sound”, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Calif.

1978, “Forms For Sound”, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, Calif.

 

Clients/Employment History:  

Teaching Experience

2013, Werkplaatz Typographie, Arnhem, Netherlands

2013, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2013, HEAD, (Sound Sculpture) Master Workshop, Geneva, Switzerland

2012, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

1989 - 2000, Santa Monica College of Design, Art, and Architecture, Santa Monica, Calif.

1999 - 2000, CSU Northridge, Northridge, Calif.

1995 - 1996, CSU Northridge, Northridge, Calif.

1980, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, Calif.

1979, Otis-Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, Calif.

1979, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Calif.

1978, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, Calif.

1977, UC Santa Barbara, College of Creative Studies, Goleta, Calif.