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NIEN SCHWARZ

Web:     http://www.nienschwarz.org

 

Education

1999

Doctor of Philosophy (Visual Arts), Canberra School of Art, Australian National University. Beyond Familiar Territory: solo exhibition and dissertation; focus on mining and the consumption of mineral resources (includes analysis of works by Robert Smithson and Alfredo Jaar, and the Bark Petitions of Yirrkala). External examiners: Professors Anne Graham, Ian North, Tim Bonyhady

1994

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Double Honours in Visual Arts and History in Art (First Class), University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

1987

Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude), Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Current employment (the day job)

2012-

Senior Lecturer (part-time 60%)

School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Solo exhibitions

2008

Earth Matters, Turner Galleries, Northbridge, WA, Australia

2006

Over My Shoulder (curated by Hannah Matthews), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Perth, WA, Australia

2004

Promised Land, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah, WA, Australia

 

Promised Land, The Bank, Midland, WA, Australia

 

Promised Land, Central TAFE Gallery, Perth, WA, Australia

2003

Promised Land, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton, WA, Australia

 

Promised Land, WA Fringe Festival, Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie, WA, Australia

 

Promised Land, Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany, WA, Australia

2002

Transpose, Spectrum Project Space. Northbridge, WA, Australia

2001

Promised Land (curated by Sophie O'Brien), Perth International Arts Festival, The Church Gallery, Claremont, WA, Australia

 

Wh-eat, collaboration with Murray Gibbs, Fremantle Arts Centre, WA, Australia

1999

Beyond Familiar Territory. Canberra Museum & Gallery, ACT, Australia

1996

Bauxite, Canberra Contemporary Art Space (The Cube), ACT, Australia

1995

Backbone 3, de Vaalserberg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

Backbone 2, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka, ACT, Australia

Selected group exhibitions

2015

2014

Bunbury Biennale

Perth Centre for Photography, Collective

Mundaring Arts Centre, Canopy: into the forest

Spectrum Project Space, InConversation

 

Mundaring Arts Centre, My Own Executioner

 Fremantle Arts Centre, Horizon: Exploring the West Coast with the Clipperton Project,

Joondalup Community Invitational Art Award (short listed but withdrawn due to injury)

2013

Shanghai Institute of Technology, Becoming

 

Spectrum Project Space, Edith Cowan University, Artmart

 

Gomboc Gallery, Sculpture Survey 2013

 

Nyisztor Studio, Pure Contemplation Without Knowledge

2012

Choju Contemporary Art, Kyoto, Japan, Japan and Australia Sculpture Exchange:

 

Joondalup Invitational Art Award

 

Gallery Central and EPRA initiative Shopfronts on Beaufort

 

Paper Mountain, How to Talk with a Mountain, Awesome Festival

 

Zuiunan Gallery, Kyoto, Japan, Japan and Australia Sculpture Exchange

 

Kaede Gallery, Osaka, Japan, Japan and Australia Sculpture Exchange:

 

Perth Centre for Photography, WA Photographic Book Survey

 

Paper Mountain, Conservatorium, Northbridge, Australia

2011

Dialogues with Landscape (curated by Katie Lenanton) Perth International Arts Festival, The University of Western Australia

 

Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, Artists for Peace (curated by Pauline Williams), Fremantle

 

Fremantle Arts Centre, Home Open (curated by Chris Hill, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Bevan Honey)

2010

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), PICA Salon

 

John Curtin Gallery, Get smART

2008

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe

2007

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe

 

Vancouver Art Gallery, Albany, Paperartzi

2006

Central Gallery, Sensation (curated by Thelma John), City of Perth & Taipei exchange

 

John Curtin Gallery, Chart, Curtin University

 

Gomboc Gallery, Sculpture Survey 2006

 

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA, Australia

 

My Own Executioner, Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring, WA, Australia

2005

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA, Australia

2004

On the beach, Maritime Museum, Fremantle, WA, Australia

2003

Transpositions, IASKA, Kellerberrin, WA, Australia

 

Transpositions. Mandurah Performing Arts Space, Mandurah, WA, Australia

 

Transpositions, Katanning Art Gallery, WA, Australia

 

Transpositions, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, WA, Australia

 

Transpositions, Narrogin Art GAllery, WA, Australia

 

Transpositions, Cannery Arts Centre, Esperance, WA, Australia

2002

Collectables (curated by Andrew Nicholls), The Moores Building, Fremantle, WA, Australia

 

Initial Spectrum (curated by Domenico de Clario), Spectrum Project Space, Northbridge, WA, Australia

 

Transpositions, Dutch Artists in Western Australia, Western Australia Museum, Perth, WA, Australia

2001

Metis 2001: Wasted, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA, Australia

 

Uglieland, The Moores Building, Fremantle, WA, Australia

1999

Vital Signs, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town University, South Africa

 

Vital Signs, Stargard Szczecinski Museum, Szczecinski, Poland

1998

Canberra National Sculpture Forum (curated by David Watt), ACT, Australia

 

ACUADS, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

 

Vital Signs, Photospace Gallery, Canberra School of Art, ACT, Australia

1997

Mapping the Comfort Zone (curated by Vivonne Thwaites), Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA, Australia

 

Nien Schwarz and Hanh Ngo, Canberra School of Art Gallery, ACT, Australia

1996

Nomadia, De Vaalserberg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

The 12th Tamworth Fibre/Textile Biennial, Tamworth Regional Gallery (touring Campbelltown, Dubbo, Bathurst, Toowoomba, Broken Hill), NSW, Australia

 

Response to Manifesta 1, Duende, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

1994

The Helen Pitt Exhibition, Surrey Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Representation

John Curtin Gallery Art Collection - commissioned outdoor sculptural work titled Transpose

Edith Cowan University Art Collection

Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia

Private collections: Fremantle, Perth, Sydney, Canberra, Vancouver, Ottawa

Selected professional experiences

2014

2000-2012

External Examiner, Curtin University of Technology, Visual Arts, Honours and PhD

Senior Lecturer (since 2006) & Visual Arts undergraduate program coordinator (2006-2012), and Head, Sculpture Studio (2000- ) School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University, Australia

2012-13

Field Assistant, Geological Survey of Western Australia

2011-12

Correspondent, WA Wrap, Australian Art Collector Magazine

2007-11

Correspondent, Artnotes WA, Art Monthly Australia

1998-99

Lecturer (sculpture), tutor (art theory), Canberra School of Art, ACT, Australia

1997-98

Public Programs Assistant, National Gallery of Australia, ACT, Australia

1996

Installation assistant for "Islands: Contemporary Installations" exhibition (assisted Christian Boltanski, Alfredo Jaar, Lyndal Jones, and Montien Boenma), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia

1981-92

Arctic expedition cook & camp manager, Geological Survey of Canada, Precambrian Division, Ottawa, Canada

Committees

2015

2014 -

2007-

Selection panel, Sculpture by the Sea, for Bondi 2015

Committee member, International Centre for LAndscape and Language (ICLL), CREATEC, Edith Cowan University

Selection panel, Sculpture by the Sea, for Cottesloe 2015

Selection panel and committee member, Spectrum Project Space, Edith Cowan University

2010

Selection panel member, Joondalup Invitational Art Award

2006-10

Selection panel member, Committee member and Chair (2010), Art on the Move

2009

Selection panel member, Artsource, Basel, and Gunnery residencies

2004

Selection panel member, Edith Cowan University Sculpture Park

1996-97

Board member, Board of the Institute of the Arts (BITA), ANU, Canberra

Selected residencies, projects, awards, events

2013

Fremantle Arts Centre, artist-in-residence

2012

Beaufort Street Shopfront Projects, curated by Thelma John, Northbridge, WA, Australia

2006

Commission, Transpose (project facilitated with Kate McMillan), John Curtin Gallery Art Collection, Curtin University, Bentley, WA, Australia

 

Curator, Floating (artists: Theo Koning, Rick Vermey, Richard Woldendorp, Rinske Car, Aadje Bruce, Hans Arkeveld), Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA, Australia

2005

Joondalup Invitation Art Award, Joondalup, WA, Australia

 

Curator, Hyaline Hybrids, Spectrum Project Space, Northbridge, WA, Australia

2003

Commission, 3 x 3 Urban Art, Forest Chase, Dept of Cultural Development and Arts, Perth, WA, Australia

 

Narrator, seven beauties, convened by Domenico de Clario, Albany, WA, Australia

2002

Touring Grant, Art on The Move West Australian Exhibitions, WA, Australia

2001-06

Awarded studio tenancy, WA Artist Foundation, Old Customs House, Fremantle, WA, Australia

2001

Australia Council Grant, Visual Arts/Craft Board, New Work.

 

NAVA Award, National Association for the Visual Arts, Pat Corrigan Award

2000

Grant, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

1999

Commission, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Visitor's Centre, Dept of Environment, ACT, Australia

 

The Lyle T. Cullen Memorial Book Prize, Canberra School of Art, Canberra

1998

Commission, Civic Lighting and Signage, Dept of Urban Services, Canberra, ACT, Australia

 

Materials Award, Canberra School of Art, Canberra, ACT, Australia

1997-9

Collaborations, artists group coordinated by Vivienne Binns, Canberra

1995-98

Commonwealth Scholarship to Australia (all-inclusive postgraduate scholarship), The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia

1995

Participant, Sexual play in the Galapagos Islands, Lyndal Jones, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia

 

Residency, Glasgow School of Art, Post Graduate Program, Glasgow, Scotland

 

Residency, de vaalserberg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

Postgraduate Scholarship, Art History, Carleton University, Ottawa, ONT, Canada

1994

Graduate in residence, Textiles Studio, Canberra School of Art, ACT, Australia

 

Victoria Medal for high academic achievement, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

 

Helen Pitt Award for Visual Arts, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

1993

President's Scholarship, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

 

Fine Arts Faculty Scholarship, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

 

Helen Pitt Award for Visual Arts, British Columbia, Victoria, BC, Canada

 

Flora Hamilton Burns Scholarship, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

 

Hazel T. Knox Memorial Scholarship, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

 

Frank and Margaret Gibbs Scholarship, University of Victoria, BC, Canada

Book chapters

Schwarz, Nien. 2013. “Floating”, in Peters, N. (ed), The Dutch in Western Australia. Western Australia Museum, (forthcoming)

Schwarz, Nien. 2006. “Dutch Artists in Australia: Artiesten in Australie van Nederlandse oorsprong”, in Peters, N. (ed), The Dutch Down Under. University of Western Australia Press, p. 398-413

Published articles, catalogues and essays

Schwarz, Nien. 2013. "Yonder", exhibition review, Art Monthly, September issue

Schwarz, Nien, 2013. “Sculpture@Bather’s,” Artlink, vol 33, no 2

Schwarz, Nien. 2012. “Spaced: Art out of place”, IASKA's Inaugural Biennial Event of Socially Engaged Arts. Artlink, v. 32(2)

Schwarz, Nien. 2011. “Landed: knowing by being there”, Perth: Gregory Pryor, City of Perth, pp 18-25

Schwarz, Nien. 2011. “Nalda Searles, Drifting in my own land”, Art Monthly, issue 242, p. 36-38

Schwarz, Nien. 2010. “Fanciful and forceful: Denise Pepper”, Craft Arts International, v. 80 p. 68-71

Schwarz, Nien. 2010. “Wallpaper”, Artlink, v. 30(3), p.100

Schwarz, Nien. 2009. “Reconstruction works: Paul Caporn”, Artlink, v. 29(3)

Schwarz, Nien. 2008. “Nien Schwarz: Earth matters”, Turner Galleries, exhibition catalogue

Schwarz, Nien. 2006. “Nien Schwarz, Over my shoulder”, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), exhibition catalogue

Peters, Nonja, Nien Schwarz, and Kate Noakes, 2003. “Transpositions: contextualising recent Dutch Australian art”, Art on the Move, exhibition catalogue

Schwarz, Nien. 2001. “Promised land”, Perth International Arts Festival, solo exhibition catalogue, 24p

Schwarz, Nien. 1999. “Beyond familiar territory”, Canberra Museum & Gallery, solo exhibition catalogue.

Schwarz, Nien. 1997. "Moving territory", Muse Magazine, Canberra, October, p.3

Bibliography (selected)

Artlink. 2001. “Art events addressing ecological issues”, Artlink, v. 21(3), p. 70

Canberra National Sculpture Forum 98, exhibition catalogue, Canberra School of Art, 1998

Barron, Sonia. 1998. "Diversions from the ordinary", Canberra Times, May 11

Bevis, Stephen. 1996. “Art on the sand rivals Cottesloe’s tanned torsos”, The West Australian, March 9, p. 3

Baxter, Maggie. 2005. Sculpture by the Sea: artists and the public converge on Cottesloe Beach, Perth for the WA incarnation of the famous Bondi Beach event, 17–28 March 2005, Artlink, v. 25(3)

Bromfield, David. "Sights to make you soar", The West Australian Big Weekend magazine, Feb 10, 2001, p. 6

City of Joondalup, 2012 Invitation Art Award, exhibition catalogue

Clarke, Deborah. 1998. "Canberra National Sculpture Forum", Art Monthly, May, p. 10-11

Cook, Robert. 2007. “Over my shoulder: Nien Schwarz in Perth”, Art Monthly, April, p. 9-12

Davison, Liane. 1994. The Helen Pitt Award. Surrey Art Gallery, BC, Canada

de Clario, Domenico. 2006. Southness: a note from Valparaiso, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), solo exhibition catalogue

Erikson, Dorothy. "Uglie land", Artlink, Vol 22 No 1.

Fremantle Arts Centre, 2010. “Home open”, exhibition catalogue

Gauntlett, Kate. 2001. "For Nien art's clearly in the bag", The West Australian, Feb 5, p. 11

Kenneally, Cath. 1997. "Post-Colonial dreaming", Artlink, v. 17(3), p. 74-76

Mateer, John. 2001. "Earth: Perth International Arts Festival", Art Monthly, March

McLean, Ian. 2001. "Promised land: Nien Schwarz at The Church Gallery", Artlink, v. 21(2), p. 89

O'Brien, Sophie. 2001. Perth International Art Festival Visual Arts Guide, p. 13-14

O’Hehir, Anne. 1999. "Art: Beyond familiar territory,” Muse, April, p. 14-15

Paper Mountain, 2012. “How to talk to a mountain”, exhibition catalogue

Pryor, Gregory. 2006. “Drilling into Vermeer, Earth matters”, Turner Galleries, solo exhibition catalogue

Rolfe, Michael and Daniel Brine. 1998. Twelfth Tamworth Fibre/Textile Biennial, Tamworth City Gallery, exhibition catalogue.

Sculpture by the Sea Inc. 2011 “Sculpture by the Sea: the first fifteen years 1997–2011”, Media 21 Publishing, p.134-5

Smith, Nyanda. 2004. “Inspiring isolation”, The West Australian, August 3, p. 10

Spencer, Ric. 2006. “Insightful works a shore thing”, The West Australian Weekend Extra magazine, March 18, p. 13

Spencer, Ric. 2005. “Sculpture a breath of fresh air”, The West Australian, Mar 26

Spencer, Ric. 2006. “Taking stock of human cargo”, The West Australian Weekend Extra magazine, May 20, p. 13

State Salinity Council of Western Australia. 2001 “Project Wh-Eat, Metis 2001: Wasted”, CSIRO, Exhibitions of Science and Art, exhibition catalogue, p. 78-9

Talbot, Jacky. 1998. "Public art at the Canberra Museum and Gallery", Artlink, v. 18(12), p. 68-69

Talbot, Jacky. 1997. "ACT Public Art Program", National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Newsletter, Dec, p. 4-6

The West Australian. “It’s all in the case of art for the city”, The West Australian, 26 May, 2003.

Thwaites, Vivonne. 1997. “Mapping the comfort zone: the dream and the real”, Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre, exhibition catalogue

Uhlmann, Paul. 2011. “Dialogues with landscape”, Artlink v. 31(2), p. 150

Wood-Conroy, Diana. "The indelible artisan: Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial 1996", Object, No. 1, 1997

Public talks

2011

Colours from the Earth, The future of colour, University of Tasmania, Launceston

 

Geology in art, Earth Science Week 2011, Geological Survey of Western Australia

2009

Buckets and bores, Hydrobotanics Symposium, International Centre for Landscape and Language (ICLL), Edith Cowan University

2008

Floating, International Centre for Landscape and Language (ICLL), Edith Cowan University

2006

Chart exhibition, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University of Technology

2004

Sensation exhibition, Central TAFE Art Gallery

 

Hatched, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)

2003

Hatched, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)

2001

The Big Tent, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). Articulations 01: art, activism, aesthetics.  A national public forum coinciding with the Perth International Arts Festival

1997

Plenty More Ore or...? University of NSW, Perspecta, Intersections, Sydney

Qualifications for remote travel and work:

2012

Senior First Aid, St John Ambulance

2010

Geological Survey of Western Australia: four-wheel-drive vehicle safety, maintenance, and communications

 

Shawsett Four-Wheel-Drive Training: off-road driving and vehicle recovery