Rick Mills

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Once Empty, Twice Full by Rick Mills, 1992

Rick Mills (born 1957) is an American glass artist who was born and raised in Marion, Ohio. He received his bachelor of fine art degree in sculpture from Ohio State University, where the art department reopened its glass program in 1980, during Mills last semester. He moved to Hawai'i in 1981 and earned a master of fine art degree, also in sculpture, from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, where he is currently professor and director of the glass art program.[1]

His recent works often encapsulate figurative elements in cast glass, as in Once Empty, Twice Full in the collection of the Hawaii State Art Museum. The Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (Ebeltoft, Denmark), the Hawaii State Art Museum, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Museum of American Glass (Millville, New Jersey), and the Royal College of Art (London) are among the museums holding works by Rick Mills.[2] His creations are permanently installed in these public locations:[3]


  • Clarke, Joan and Diane Dods, Artists/Hawaii, Honolulu, University of Hawai'i Press, 1996, 38-43.
  • Yoshihara, Lisa A., Collective Visions, 1967-1997, An Exhibition Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Art in Public Places Program, Presented at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, September 3-October 12, 1997, Honolulu, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, 1997, p. 99.