Rick Eggert was born in Southampton, New York in 1974. He grew up there and in Vermont, where he began working in glass in 1992. After graduating college his quest for inner growth has led him to Tahiti, Moorea, New Zealand, Australia, and Thailand. Rick also spent time working in Korea as an English teacher and in Puerto Rico as the operational manager of an entertainment company in the rainforest. Rick’s background includes a BFA in Glass Sculpture from the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York and numerous years working as a technician for various schools and businesses across the eastern United States.
My work explores notions of creation and the nature of the universe. These groupings and installations use ideas like change, growth, and time to illustrate the way the universe has become what it now is. movement is the predominate visual component in my work. Motion sums up the cosmos succinctly. These pieces usually involve some type of progression or graduation. The time element is typically expressed as “frozen time” or stages of time. Because these sculptures are made of multiple elements, issues of interrelationships are brought up as well. It is also the goal to maintain a certain fluidity throughout all the works. The process of working with molten glass lends itself wonderfully. All the forms I use deal with the elastic characteristics of glass. The way I work is very much a part of the work. Sculptures rarely end up as they were originally envisioned. My approach is to be like nature, using mutation and selection to let each work evolve and grow.
Education 2000 BFA, Glass Sculpture, Rochester Institute Of Technology, Rochester, NY 1992-94 Columbus College of Art &Design, Columbus, OH
Awards 2009 Niche Award; Winner, Blown Glass 2008 Excellence Award, Brevard Art Museum, Annual Juried Exhibition, Melbourne, FL 2006 1st Place 3D, 2nd Place Overall, Mary O’Fricke Art Show, Westhampton Beach, New York 2000 Pilchuck Scholarship, Rochester Institute of Technology 1999 Sil Hall Award for Outstanding Acheivement, Rochester Institute of Technology
Exhibitions 2012 Solo Show, Studio E Gallery, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 2011 “Sacred Animals”, “Abstracted Florida”, Watson McRae Gallery, Sanibel Island, FL 2009 “SOFA Chicago”, T. Riley Gallery, Chicago, IL - “Glass Weekend”, T. Riley Gallery, Wheaton Village, New Jersey - “Looking Forward”, W. Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA - “Palm Beach 3”, T. Riley Gallery, Palm Beach, FL 2008 “Art Basel Miami”, Chialma Gallery, Miami, FL - “Annual Juried Exhibition” Brevard Art Museum, Melbourne, FL - “Chialma Lifestyle”, Chialma Gallery, Miami, FL - Featured Artist, Navigazione Gallery, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 2000 “Thesis Exhibition”, Mill Gallery, Honeyoye Falls, NY 1995, 1999 “Honors Exhibition”, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York