Nicole Polentas

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2009 Doctor of Philosophy (PHD), research (Fine Art) RMIT
2007-2008 Master of Fine Arts, RMIT University, Melbourne Australia
2004-2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Gold and Silversmithing) RMIT University, Melbourne Australia
2002-2003 Diploma of Arts, Product Design and Jewellery, NMIT, Melbourne

Significant Solo Exhibitions
2013 The Collective Conundrum, Chili Art Gallery, Athens, Greece
2012 PSYCHOMANTEUM, Gallery Loupe, New Jersey, USA
2011– 2012 PSYCHOMANTEUM, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne, Gaffa Gallery Sydney AUS
2010 XA-O-S, The Hellenic Museum, Melbourne, AUS

Significant Group Exhibitions
Multiple Exposures: Jewellery and Photography, MAD – Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, USA (scheduled for 2013-2014)
2013 Precious Thoughts 2013, Oratory of Saint Rocco, Padova, Italy
2013 Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Award 2013, Bendigo Art Gallery, AUS
2012 – 2013 National Contemporary Jewellery Award, Griffith Regional Art Gallery,
Metalab Sydney, Sturt Australian Contemporary Craft & Design, Mittagong NSW
2012 Metropolis, Archetype Gallery, Sydney
2012 Its Got Legs 2012, RMIT Gold and Silversmithing Postgraduate and Alumni Award Exhibition, RMIT School of Art Gallery, Melbourne
2011 – 2014 Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor: 100 Women 100 Brooches 100 Stories,
Artisan Gallery QLD, Brisbane International Airport QLD, JamFactory Contemporary
Craft and Design SA, Grafton Regional Gallery NSW, Wagga Wagga Regional
Gallery NSW, Bunburry Regional Art Gallery WA, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery
WA, Logan Art Gallery QLD, Toowoomba Regional Gallery QLD, Rockhampton Art
Gallery QLD, Gosford Regional Gallery NSW, Tamworth Regional Gallery NSW,
Hurstville Museum and Gallery NSW, Latrobe Regional Gallery VIC, AUS
2011 Close at Hand, School of Art Gallery, RMIT University, AUS
2011 AUSTRALIAN JEWELLERY TOPOS, Gallery Loupe, New Jersey, USA
2010 – 2011 Contemporary Wearables ’09 and Commemorative Wearables Tour,
Rosny Barn Art Gallery Tasmania, Academy Art Gallery, School of Visual and
Performing Arts, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Manly Art Gallery & Museum
NSW, Logan Art Gallery QLD, AUS
2010 – 2011 National Contemporary Jewellery Award, Griffith Regional Art Gallery NSW,
Sturt Contemporary Arts Centre NSW, AUS
2010 First and Last, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney Design Festival, NSW, AUS
2010 re:production, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, AUS
2010 Thinking Through Practice – Art and Design as Research, Institute of
Contemporary Arts, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore
2010 Treasure Room – Australia, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany
2009 Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork exhibition, BUDA, Historic Home &
Garden, Castlemaine, AUS
2009 Paper/text, Studio 20/17, Sydney, AUS
2009 Women’s Salon: Stories of Hope, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne, AUS
2009 Jewellery Topos, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, First Site Gallery,
Melbourne, AUS
2008 Talente2008, Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany
2008 Fruit Loop Bagues, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, AUS
2008 Small Beautiful Objects, Self Preservation, Melbourne, AUS
2008 W.E McMillan Collection: Selected Gold and Silversmithing 1961- 2007, Project
Space, Melbourne
2007 International Graduation Show, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2007 50 Brooches, Artisan Gallery QLD, AUS

Significant prizes or awards
2012 RMIT Research Fund
2009 Australian Postgraduate Award
2009 Contemporary Wearables ’09, Biennial Jewellery Award, second prize
2008 Diana Morgan Gold and Silversmithing 1st Prize
2008 Kraft Design Award & VISY Scholarship
2007 Commonwealth supported place
2006 Don Begbie Award for excellence in Gold and Silversmithing

Significant publications
R. Baines, Treasure Room – Australia/Schatzkammer – Australein, Australian
Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 2009
Le Van M (ed.), 500 Silver Jewelry Designs, Lark Books USA, 2011
R. Baines, M. Miller, N.Polentas, Australian Jewellery Topos – Talking about Place,
Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 2011
D. Erickson, K. Fitzpatrick, E. Franzidis, Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor: 100 Women 100
Brooches 100 Stories, artisan, Brisbane, 2011

Works in public collections
MacMillan Collection, RMIT University, Melbourne
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Queensland
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

Significant Events/ Projects
2012 Moss Bureau Holiday Party, Moss Bureau (featured artist), New York City, USA
2012 Artist Talk, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn USA
2012 The Psychomanteum and the object, Artist Talk, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
2011 Artist in Conversation, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Projections: ΣΥΜΒΟΛΟ ΤΗΣ ΑΝΤΙΣΤΑΣΗΣ – Signs of Resistance, Crete, Greece
2011 Australian Jewellery Topos – Public Lecture, 92nd Y, New York City, USA
2010 – 2011 Australian Jewellery Topos – Talking about Place, Exhibition Curator/
Manager – Administration, editor of publication
2010 Jewellery Practice as a Site for Enquiry, Symposium – guest speaker, RMIT,
Kaleide Theatre, Melbourne
2010 ‘The Cretans always liars’ Public Lecture, Hellenic Museum, Melbourne
2010 Hellenic Foundation for Culture support of XAOS exhibition
2009 – 2010, Treasure Room – Australia exhibition Administration, Australia –
Munich Germany
2009 Marzee ’09 Lecture – guest speaker, RMIT University, Melbourne
2009 Presentation (featured artist), Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2009 Artist Floor Talk, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne
2007 – 2008 Seminar, Making Personal Object, RMIT Storey Hall, Melbourne