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David Gilhooly

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Born in Auburn, California, Gilhooly graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1965 with a BA and in 1967 with an MA. Gilhooly worked with Robert Arneson, Peter Vandenberge, Chris Unterseher, and Margaret Dodd, in TB-9 (temporary building 9) and together they created what was later called The Funk Ceramic Movement of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gilhooly left TB-9 for one semester to become Manual Neri’s assistant and began making art out of lumber, fur, neon lights and asbestos shingles. In 1969, Gilhooly took a teaching position at the University of Saskatchewan in Regina, Canada. He followed this, teaching for seven years at York University, in Toronto, Canada. In 1982, Gilhooly started exploring the medium of Plexiglas, but still produced a multitude of ceramic pieces. Gilhooly worked from a handful of humorous themes in pressing together a vision of the universe unrivaled in its insight and creativity. His distinctive frog world successfully bridged his passions for history, the physical sciences, and art. From the early days of his career, Gilhooly examined the world, past and present, through his frog-tinted glasses. His pointed examination of social and political realities resulted in characters such as Frog Queen Victoria, Frog Osiris, and Boris Frogloff, all depicted in stately busts. Soon after the busts came Gilhooly’s celebrated arks, strong vessels made with real nails that transported Gilhooly’s characters and themes throughout his work.

Gilhooly’s work is in collections throughout the United States and Canada.

Artwork

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Education:
1965 BA University of California, Davis
1966 MA University of California, Davis

Teaching:
1990-91 Linfield College, McMinnville, OR
1979 California State University, Sacramento: Summer School
1978 California State University, Sacramento: Summer School
1975-76 University of California, Davis (1971, ’75, ’76 Summer School)
1971-75 York University, Ontario, Canada
1976-77 York University, Ontario, Canada
1969-71 University of Saskachewan, Regina, Canada
1967-69 San Jose State College, San Jose, CA

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2006 The Many Hearts of David Gilhooly,
Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005 An Affair of the Heart: Works on Paper by David Gilhooly,
Pence Gallery, Davis, CA
Best in Show: Dog Works by David Gilhooly,
Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
Food, Frogs and Fido: Works on Paper by David Gilhooly,
Cantor Art Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
2002 Eastern Washington State College, Cheney, WA
2001 Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2000 Hallie Ford Museum, Willamette University, Salem, OR
1999 DeSaisset Museum, Santa Clara University, CA
1994 University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
1992 San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
1990 Renshaw Gallery, Linfield College, McMinnville, OR
1985 Redding Museum of Art, Redding, CA
1980 St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
1978 A Gilhooly Galaxy
Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada
Confederation Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Art Space, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
1977 ARCO Center for the Visual Arts, Los Angeles, CA
1976 Matrix Gallery-Wadsworth Anteneum, Hartford, CT
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
1973 Gifts from the Frog World
York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
1971 Anna Leonowens Art Gallery, Hallifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
1970
Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan,
Saskatchewan, Regina, Canada

1968 M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
1967 San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
1965 Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
Very Selected Group Exhibitions:
2006
Regina Clay: Worlds in the Making,
Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, British Colombia, Canada

2005 Fired at Davis: Figurative Ceramic Sculpture,
Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Regina Clay: Worlds in the Making (traveling for 2 years),
London Museum, London, Ontario, Canada
Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
2000 The Lighter Side of Bay Area Figuration,
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
1999 Regina Clay Contemporaries, MacKenzie Art Gallery,
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
1998 Do It, Boise State University Visual Arts Center, Boise, ID
The Art of Collaborative Printmaking, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
A Fire for Ceramics: Contemporary Art from the Daniel Jacobs and
Derek Mason Collection, Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA
1997 Trashformations, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA (traveling)
1994 Elvis and Marilyn: 2X Immortal, Institute of Contemporary Art,
Boston, MA (traveling for three years)
1991 Keeper of the Kiln: 7 Contemporary Ceramic Artists, (traveling for three years)
1986 Art Ceramics: Then and Now, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
1985 Art in the San Francisco Bay Area: 1945-1980,
Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA
1984 Return of the Narrative, Palm Springs Desert Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
1982 West Coast Ceramics, Crafts Council Gallery, London England
1981 Ceramic Sculpture: Six Artists,
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1978 A Century of Ceramics in the United States: 1878-1978,
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
West Coast Ceramics, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1977 American Crafts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1976 Painting and Sculpture: The Modern Era, San Francisco
Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
1973 Clay, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1971 Joseph Monsen Collection, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
1969 Whitney Sculpture Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1967 FUNK,
U.C. Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Selected Public Collections:
Australia National Council, Canberra, Australia
National Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA
Palm Springs Desert Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
University of Arizona Art Collections, Tempe, AZ
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Fine Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
Little Rock Art Center, Little Rock, AK
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

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