Richard Whiteley holds an undergraduate degree from the School of Art, Australian National University (Glass) and a Masters degree (MFA, Sculpture) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an Associate Professor and currently the Head of the Glass Workshop and Convenor of the Craft & Design Workshops at the ANU School of Art & Design. Whiteley’s research practice focuses on cast glass and his works explore voids as the primary constructive agent. Whiteley was a board member for the Visual Art Board of the Australia Council from 2009-2011 and now serves as a peer for this organisation. His works are held in major museums and private collections worldwide, including the Australian National Gallery, the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning New York and the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. Whiteley has undertaken a major commission for ActewAGL as part of the enlarged Cotter Dam in Canberra. He has also received many research grants to develop creative works and perform technical research. These research projects include a major glass-recycling with a Sydney based company, Verastone Glass and he is currently working on a Roman Glass research project as well as working with Australian artist Mike Parr facilitating for him new works in glass.