Zoe Woods

Zoe Woods is an Adelaide based glass artist who explores the human connection to nature through abstracted organic pattern.

Through heavy studio based experimentation she investigates the optical qualities of glass, with its ability to bend light, to stretch, magnify or reflect an abstracted image, and the feeling of wonder that can be enticed. Her work has been informed by historical scientific illustrations, contemporary glass exploring microscopic form, ‘Op art’, and the potential for optical illusion to evoke a feeling of wonder. With a particular focus on microscopic pattern, her pieces provoke the same feeling of discovery and fascination that is felt upon looking at nature through a microscope lens.

Zoe completed a First Class Honours Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of South Australia in 2011 and her work was selected for Hatched, the national graduate show at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. She has also received the Australia Council Art Start grant and was the winner of the Waterhouse Youth Art Prize in 2012. She was a finalist in the Hobart Art Prize in 2014 and the Tom Malone Prize in 2016. Her work is included in the National Australian Glass Collection at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in New South Wales.

EDUCATION

2017
Participant, Wilhelm Vernim Engraving workshop, Canberra Glassworks.
Participant, Cavlina Cambalova, Experimental Glass Engraving, Corning , New York, Germany.

2016
Participant, Katharine Coleman Engraving workshop, Frauenau, Germany.

2013
Participant, Masahiro Asaka, Coldworking workshop, Canberra Glassworks.

2012
Participant, Martin Rosol and Pavel Novak, Cold Construction, Corning Museum of Glass, New York.
Participant, Tom Rowney Cane Workshop, Jamfactory, Adelaide

2011
Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours (First Class), Uni SA, Adelaide.
Participant, Ben Edols Glass Blowing Workshop, JamFactory, Adelaide.
Participant, Kathy Elliot Cold Working Workshop, JamFactory, Adelaide.

2010
Bachelor of Visual Arts (Specialisation), Glass major, Uni SA, Adelaide.
Participant, Alasdair Gordon Copper Wheel Engraving Workshop, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2013-16
Teachers Assistant for Gabriella Bisetto, introduction to glass class, University of South Australia.

2012
Teachers Assistant for Caroline Oulette, introduction to glass class, University of South Australia.
Teachers Assistant for Jiyong Lee, Cold Construction Workshop, 26 – 28th March, University of South Australia.
Summer Research Scholarship, University of South Australia.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
SALON Art + Design, represented by the Chesterfield Gallery, New York, New York USA.
Virtuoso II, Kirra Galleries, Federation Square, Melbourne.
Emma Hack Art Prize Finalists Exhibition, Burnside, South Australia

2016
SOFA Chicago, represented by Kirra Galleries, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Microcosm, Kirra Galleries, Federation Square, Melbourne.
Luminous: Tom Malone Prize 2016, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.

2015
Zoe Woods, BMG Gallery, Marleston, South Australia.
SOFA Chicago, represented by Kirra Galleries, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Fathom, solo exhibition, Sabbia Gallery, Paddington, New South Wales.
Kirra Illuminating Glass Award, Kirra Galleries, Federation Square, Melbourne.
Ausglass Members Exhibition, Worth Gallery, Adelaide.

2014

City of Hobart Art Prize 2014, The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania.
Zoe Woods: Recent Work, BMG Gallery, Marleston, South Australia.

2013
Treasures, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra.
The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide.
Natural Perceptions, with Christine Atkins, ANCA Gallery, Canberra.
Australian Signatures: The National Glass Art Collection, National Art Glass Gallery, Wagga Wagga.
Every Second, curated by Karen Paris, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide.

2012

ArtVision: Glass in a Fragile World, Arts Council of Mansfield, Victoria.
Naturalis: Biotic Symmetry in Glass, solo exhibition, Urban Cow Studio, Adelaide.
Contemporary Glass Society – International Artists Exhibition, Online Exhibition. The Waterhouse
Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide and the National Archives, Canberra.
Hatched National Graduate Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth.
National Student Glass Prize, National Glass Museum, Wagga Wagga.
Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Grounds, Adelaide.

2011
Rare, SASA Honours Graduate Exhibition, SASA Gallery, Adelaide.
Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Grounds, Adelaide.

2010
National Student Glass Prize, National Glass Museum, Wagga Wagga.

SELECTED GRANTS, AWARDS AND PRIZES Grants

2017
Recipient of a Helpmann Academy Fellowship to attend Pavlina Cambalova’s Experimental Glass engraving course in Corning, New York.
Recipient of an ArtsSA grant to assist with the costs of the Ausglass Residency at the
Canberra Glassworks.

2016
Recipient of a Helpmann Grant to attend the Ausglass conference and Wilhelm Vernim engraving course in Canberra.
Recipient of an ArtsSA grant to attend Katharine Coleman engraving workshop in Frauenau, Germany.
Recipient of a Carclew and a Helpmann Grant to participate in SOFA Chicago.

2015
Recipient of a Carclew and a Helpmann Grant to develop work for a show at BMG gallery, Adelaide.

2014
Recipient of a Carclew and a Helpmann Grant to develop work for a solo show at Sabbia Gallery, Sydney.

2013
Highly Commended, Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize.
Recipient of a Carclew and a  Helpmann Grant to assist with the costs of a Thomas Foundation Residency at the Canberra Glassworks.
Sabbia Exhibition Prize for Emerging Artist, mentorship and opportunity for a solo show with Sabbia Gallery, Sydney.
Ausglass Vicki Torr Online Gallery Prize for Emerging Artists, $2000.

2012
Kirra Galleries Emerging Artist Award.
Highly Commended, ArtVision: Glass in a Fragile World, Arts Council of Mansfield, Victoria.
First Prize, Waterhouse Youth Art Prize, $4000.
ArtStart Grant, Australia Council, $10,000.
Highly Commended, National Student Art Glass Prize, National Art Glass Gallery, Wagga Wagga.
Backers Prize, Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition.

2011
Adelaide City Council Award, $3000 towards a solo exhibition.

2010
Finalist, National Student Art Glass Prize, National Art Glass Gallery, Wagga Wagga.
Finalist, Aesthetica Creative Works Competition, UK.
Design Institute Australia Award for Glass Graduate at UniSA.

RESIDENCIES

2017
Canberra Glassworks 6 week Ausglass Residency.

2013
Canberra Glassworks 6 week Thomas Foundation Residency.

2011
Canberra Glassworks 4 week Graduate Residency.

COLLECTIONS

2010, 2012
National Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW.

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