Richard Meitner

Richard Meitner was born and educated in the USA, but now lives in Holland and is a Dutch citizen. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, CA, the USA, 1972. He studied at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunst, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1974–1975, and received his diploma (Rijksdiploma) from the Gerrit Rietveld Akademie, Amsterdam, 1975. In 1996, he earned his Doctor’s Degree in the Faculty of Fine Arts, the University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.
He has lectured, conducted workshops, and been invited artist in residence in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Maldive Islands, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the USA. Together with Mieke Groot he was in charge of the glass department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy from 1981–2000. Since 2006, he has been a visiting professor for the Master’s Degree in Glass and Ceramic Art and Science at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (the New University of Lisbon) in Portugal.
He has worked as a designer for the glass industry in the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. He also served on the Dutch National Commission for Endowments for the Arts, and as jury member for the International Glass Prize in Lommel, Belgium.
He has participated in about 50 solo and two-person shows in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Maldive Islands, Senegal, the UK, and the USA, including: the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France, 1990; the Glasmuseum Lette – Alter Hof Herding (the Ernsting Foundation), Coesfeld, Germany, 2002; the Nationaal Glasmuseum, Leerdam, the Netherlands, 2007; the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, the USA, 2009; the GlazenHuis, Lommel, Belgium, 2013.
He has taken part in more than 150 collective exhibitions (including art fairs) in the Netherlands, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Curaçao, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the USA, including: the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 1994; World Glass Now, the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan, 1994; Musee National de la Ceramique – Sèvres (the Sèvres National Ceramique Museum), Paris, 1995; MusVerre (the Glass Museum), Sars-Poteries, France, 1996; the Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf (currently Kunstpalast Düsseldorf), Düsseldorf, Germany, 1999; the Global Art Glass Triennial, Borgholm Castle, Borgholm, Sweden, 1999, 2002; the Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts (mudac), Lausanne, Switzerland, 2000; the National Glass Centre, Sunderland, the UK, 2007; the Pilchuck Glass Center (currently Pilchuck Glass School), Seattle, WA, the USA, 2007; the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York, NY, the USA, 2012; the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, Munich, Germany, 2015.
His works are included in more than 60 permanent museum and public collections in 17 countries, including the most prestigious institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the UK.