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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: 

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, California 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, California, 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, Connecticut
  • 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, California
  • 2001, “Art in the Circle”, Manhattan Beach, California
  • 1999, Bill 1999, “One String Quartet”, Al’s Bar, Los Angeles, California
  • 1991, “Artists Chairs”, Gallery of Functional Art, Santa Monica, California
  • 1987, “Chair Exhibition”, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California
  • 1985, “Furniture and Fashion”, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art
  • 1985, “Future Furniture”, Newport Beach, California
  • 1985, “New Music America”, Los Angeles, California
  • 1984, Group Exhibition, Angeles Gallery, Santa Monica, California
  • 1984, “American Craft Traditions”, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California
  • 1984, “Furniture Furnishings: Subject and Object”, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1983, “Directions 1983”, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
  • 1982, “Sonic Art”, CSU San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California
  • 1981, “With More Than One Sense”, Los Angeles County Art Museum, Los Angeles California
  • 1980, “Furnishings by Artists”, Otis/Parsons Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • 1980, “Mach One”, Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, Santa Barbara, California
  • 1979, “Parallelogram”, PS1, Long Island City, New York
  • 1979, “Visual | Musical Permutations”, UC Irvine, Irvine, California
  • 1979, “Sound”, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
  • 1978, “Forms For Sound”, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

 

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, California
  • 1999 - 2000, CSU Northridge, Northridge, California
  • 1995 - 1996, CSU Northridge, Northridge, California
  • 1980, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California
  • 1979, Otis-Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, California
  • 1979, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
  • 1978, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
  • 1977, UC Santa Barbara, College of Creative Studies, Goleta, California