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Recent Reviews

BOMB Number 108, Summer 2009 (Editor's Choice)


Education

Center for Creative Studies, Detroit
St. Alban’s School of Art, England


One-Person Exhibition


2013
Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto (also 2010, 2006, 2003,1999,1996,1994,1991,1989,1987)

2007
Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles
Alliance Gallery, Narrowsburg, New York

2004
Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York

2000
Sean Scully's West Space, New York

1999
"Nameless Waters: the paintings of Bobbie Oliver 1993-1998"
University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, Canada; Tom Thomson
Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Canada; Illingworth Art
Gallery/Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Canada (catalogue)
Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence

1995
Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence

1993
Wheeler Gallery, Providence
Wolff Gallery, New York

1984
Freidus/Ordover Gallery, New York

1979
Art Gallery of Southern Alberta, Lethbridge, Canada

1978
Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Canada
Feigenson/Rosenstein Gallery, Detroit
“A” Space, Toronto


Selected Group Exhibition


2014
"Let's Go Let Go", Jane Kim Gallery, NY
"Le Show des Amis" , Showroom, NY

2013
“Upfront”, Feature Gallery, NY

2012
“Floating Explosions”, The George Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2 person show with Mary Jones)
“Gang of Six”, The George Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Slow Numbers”, Showroom, NY
“Connected”, Feature Gallery, NY
“Recent Acquisitions”, Art Bank Collection, US Department of State, Washington, DC

2011
"Bodybraingame", curated by Hudson, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, Ill.
Summer Group Show, Feature Gallery, NY

2010
"Tenant's Show", 106 Green Street, Brooklyn NY, Curated by Vera Iliatova
"Power to the People", Feature Gallery, NY

2009
“May/December”, Painting Gallery, RISD, Providence curated by Dike Blair

2008
"Works on Paper", (Melissa Meyer/Bobbie Oliver) Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence
"Cool and Austere", Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles
Benefit Auction, Dumbo Arts Centre, Brooklyn, NY

2007
Aljira Fine Art Auction, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, New Jersey
"Arts Desire:The Art Auction", Museum of Art, St. Louis, Missouri

2006
"RISD Painting Faculty", Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence
"Small Works", Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto

2004
"Up and Off the Wall". Cur. By Donald Sultan, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

2003
"Thinking in Line", University of Florida, Jackson, Florida

2001
"Guide to Trust #2", Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

2000
"3ness", Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium cur. By Dike Blair (catalogue)
"Re: Place", Planet Thailand, New York

1999
"Choice 99", cur. By Donald Sultan, Exit Art, New York
"Abstraction", Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, India
"Mind's Eye", Boothe Contemporary Art, Wakefield, R.I.

1998
"The Fanelli Show", O.K. Harris Gallery, New York
"Diverse Works, Urban Configuration", Starwood Urban Investments, Washington, D.C.

1997
"So Much Deathless", Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, a curated installation by Peter Nagy
"Land", Forster/Goldstrum Gallery, New York

1996
"Image/After Image", The Work Space, New York, curated by Paul Campbell (catalogue)
"In a Meditative Manner", E.S. Vandam Gallery, New York
"Drawing", Nancy Solomon Gallery, Atlanta

1994
"East/West", E.S. Vandam Gallery, New York (essay Sol Ostrow)
"Recent Painting", E.S. Vandam Gallery, New York
"Addressing Surrender", Paolo Baldacci Gallery, New York
"Contemporary Art in Rhode Island", Museum of Art, RISD (catalogue)
"Whateva", Dru Arstark Gallery, New York

1993
"Canadian Contemporary Works on Paper", University of Waterloo, Canada
Group Show, Bomb Magazine Benefit, Fawbush Gallery, New York
"The Bridge Has the Blues", Art Auction, Bridge Center for Contemporary Art, El Paso, TX.
"A Celebration of Life", Mount Sinai Breast Resource Center, Auction, United Nations, NY
Group Show, E.S. Vandam, New York

1992
Group Show, Faculty, Rhode Island Museum of Art, Providence
Group Show, Spotted Dog Gallery, Old Chatham, New York, curated by Holly Hughes

1990
"Sooner or Later: Edward Albee’s Eye", Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University, NY

1989
Group Show, 49th Parallel Gallery, New York

1988
"17 at the Barn", Rosa Esman Gallery, New York, curated by Edward Albee
Group Show, Anne Plumb Gallery

1986
"Fashion Moda Benefit", Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York

1984
"Parallels and Boundaries", Powerhouse Gallery, Montreal (catalogue)

1982
"Artists from the Edward Albee Foundation", Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton

1981
"Viewpoint", Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton; Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto;
Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa; Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor;
Stratford Art Gallery, Stratford; Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery, Kitchener;
Agnes-Etherington Gallery, Kingston; Rodman Hall, St. Catherines;
Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada (catalogue)

1980 "Aspects of Canadian Painting in the 70’s", Glenbow Museum, Calgary (catalogue)
"Material Matters", Norton Art Gallery, West Palm Beach; The Clocktower, New York; The
Spoletto Festival, Charleston; Stamford Museum, Ct., curated by Edward Albee (catalogue)

1979
"A Great Big Drawing Show", P.S.1, New York
Group Show, 288 West Street, New York
"Beyond the Border", (four painters), Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto
"Making A Fresh New Thing: 10 Painters", Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto
55 Mercer Gallery, New York (two-person show)

1978
Group Show, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York
"Paperworks", Feigenson-Rosenstein Gallery, Detroit
A.C.T. Gallery, Toronto (two-person show)
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (two-person show)


Bibliography


Frank, Peter: “Haiku Reviews”, Huffington Post, January 2012
Dillon, Noah: “Connected”, The Brooklyn Rail, February 2012
Thompson, Mimi: "Editor's Choice: Bobbie Oliver", BOMB Magazine, Summer 2009
Frank, Peter: "Hits of Ecstacy", LA Weekly, May 2007
Dault, Gary: "Bobbie Oliver at Olga Korper", The Globe & Mail, March 2003
Fiers, Els: "Museum Light", Knack, Belgium, August 2000
Pieters, Rudy: "A Clear, Playful Threeness", De Morgan, Belgium, August 2000
Laureyus, Jeroen: "Light, Airy and Transitory", De Standard, Belgium, August 2000
Johnson, Ken: "Choice 1999", The New York Times, December 1999
Murray, Joan: "Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century", Durdurn Press, 1999
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Van Siclen, Bill: "Watery-smudge master", The Providence Journal, Dec. 1998
Kissick, John: "A Tale of Two Painters", Canadian Art, Fall 1996
Campbell, James: "Image/After Image", catalogue May 1996
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Colby, Joyce: "Poems, Paintings", Detroit News


Teaching

2006-8
Chair, Painting Department, RISD, Providence

2003-5
Chief Critic, European Honors Program, RISD, Rome

1992-2008
Professor, Painting Department, RISD, Providence

1986-7
Pre-College Painting, Continuing Education Summer Program, RISD

1985
Head, Summer Program, Visual Arts, Banff School of Fine Arts, Banff, Canada

1982-83
Acting Head, Painting Department, RISD, Providence

1981
Lecturer, Painting, Banff School of Fine Arts, Banff, Canada
Lecturer, Painting, School of Visual Arts, New York
Lecturer, Painting, Princeton University, Princeton

1980 -92
Adjunct Lecturer, Painting, RISD, Providence



Visiting Artist

National College of Art, Lahore, Pakistan
Anderson Ranch, Aspen, Colorado
Brown University, Providence
Brandeis University, Boston


Lectures

Brown University, Providence
Brandeis University, Boston
Guelph University, Guelph, Canada
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
Anderson Ranch, Aspen
Banff School of Fine Arts, Banff, Canada
York University, Toronto, Canada


Awards

Canada Council Arts Award, "A" Grants
Canada Council Arts Award, "B" Grants
Canada Council Arts Award, Travel Grant
Ontario Arts Council Award
New York State Council for the Arts Grant
Pollock/Krasner Award
Rhode Island School of Design Faculty Development Grants