Rick Mills is a glass and mixed-media sculptor and Professor of Art at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received his BFA from Ohio State University and an MFA from the University of Hawaii (UH). In 1988 he was a research fellow at the Royal College of Art in London, England. In the same year, Mills was hired by UH and charged with the goal of building the UHM’s glass program, which now awards undergraduate and graduate degrees with an emphasis in glass making. He has also taught glass casting at the prolific Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA in 1992 and 1998.
Rick Mills has received two Creative Glass Center of America (CGCA) Fellowships and a research fellowship at the Royal College of Art in London, England where he studied under Keith Cummings. His work has been exhibited at venues such as the International Glass Kanazawa (Japan), The Contemporary Museum (Honolulu), Friesen Gallery (Seattle), and at the Museum of Northwest Art (Washington).
Mills is recognized for his large-scale public sculptures in glass. Two notable commissions by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts were created for the Queen Liliokalani Student Services Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Another one of his large glass wall relief sculptures resides at Leilehua High School in Hawaii, as does his glass curtain wall at the Maui Memorial Medical Center.
His sculptures and blown glass are in numerous private and public collections of parties including Elton John, the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Glasmuseum in Ebeltoft, Denmark, the Royal College of Art in London, England, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and The Museum of American Glass in New Jersey.