Area(s) of ExpertiseJewellery Design
Robert Mitchell began his art education at the Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology, where he studied Advertising and Ceramic Design, from 1982 to 1985. After graduating with honours, he continued his education at the Ontario College of Art (OCA) majoring in Design from 1985 to 1989. Following his four years at the OCA, he spent a three-year residency from 1990 to 1993 in the metal studio at the Harbourfront Centre Craft Studio in Toronto. His further education in the field of jewellery design includes numerous professional workshops with national and international artists.
Robert has created wearable art for over 25 years, generating exhibition work and custom one-of-a-kind pieces that are included in private and gallery collections. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally in group and solo exhibitions winning numerous awards for his work, including Ontario Arts Council and Craft Council grants. He represented Ontario in 2009 in the –Unity and Diversity"exhibition at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea. He received the Best in Show award in 2013 for his work in –Transformation–, Zilberschmuck's 9th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Canadian Fine Jewellery & Metalwork. He was also a juror and co-coordinator for –OPINE"a national student exhibition hosted by OCAD University and held in conjunction with –Meta Mosaic–, the 2013 Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference. Additionally, Robert recently collaborated with the AGO and the Thomson Group creating a complex mount for a delicate piece of ivory, St. Sebastian by Jacobus Agresius (c. 1638), from the Thomson private collection currently exhibited at the AGO.
A professor in OCAD University's Material Art & Design Program since 1998, Robert received the Price Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008. He is currently a masters candidate in the Strategic Foresight & Innovation program at OCAD University, focusing on global water issues and urban agriculture. Robert received patents in 2012 and 2013 for a passive irrigation system based on Biomimicry and design principles and is looking forward to utilizing his design skills to develop sustainable urban agriculture practices in the future.
2010 - Present Strategic Foresight & Innovation (SFIN) Masters Program, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
2006 "2010 Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, ON
1990 "1993 Craft Studio Resident, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
1985 "1989 Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, ON majoring in Design
1982 "1985 Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, majoring in Advertising and Ceramic Design, graduating with honors
Select Professional Workshops / Conferences
2013 –Meta Mosaic 2013, the Society of North American Goldsmith's Annual Conference, May 15-18, 2013, held at the Royal York, Toronto, ON, Canada.
––Urban Ecology Conference 2013–, June 20-21, 2013, AGO and OCAD University, Toronto, ON, Canada.
2012 –The WorldFuture 2012: Dream, Design, Develop, Deliver–. The Annual conference of the World Future Society, July 27-29, 2012, held at the Sheraton Center, Toronto, ON, Canada.
–The Water Workshop: Creating a Space for the Future of Water Provision in Ontario's Water Sector-Scenario Building Session Including Multiple Stakeholders–. May 28, 2012. University of Toronto.
2011 –Biomimicry Education Summit: Teaching Tomorrow's Sustainable Innovators–, June 26-29, 2011, Cleveland Ohio. Hosted by the Biomimicry Institute.
–Water: The Forum"a lecture series hosted by the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Toronto, ON, Canada.
–Out of Water: Sustaining Development in Arid Climates"Conference, University of Toronto, April 1&2, 2011, Hosted by the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.
2010 –Harnessing Social Media–. Howard Rheingold, workshop.
2008 Repousse Workshop with Jeff DeBoer, Presented by the Metal Arts Guild of Canada
–Crafting New Traditions: Canadian Innovators + Influences Symposium–, Harbourfront Centre
2004 –Flora - The Ubiquity of Nature–, International Creators Symposium, Harbourfront Centre
2002 Lathe Workshop with Emear Conyard, Ontario College of Art & Design.
–Ornamentation "Love It Or Hate It–, International Creator Series, Harbourfront Centre
1998 –Contemporary Classics: Gold Jewellery with Barbara Heinrich–, Harbourfront Centre
1992 –Contemporary Jewellery with Paul Derrez–, International Creators Series, Harbourfront Centre
1991 –Reflection and Illusions with Michael Rowe–, International Creators Series, Harbourfront Centre
1990 International Creators Series, with Onno Boekhoudt, Harbourfront Centre
2013 –The St. Sebastian Project"A collaboration with the AGO and the Thomson Group to design and fabricate components for the mounting of the Ivory St. Sebastian by Jacobus Agresius (c. 1638) for exhibition in the AGO Gallery.
–Transformation–, the 9th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Fine Jewellery and Metalwork, Zilberschmuck Art Jewellery, Toronto, ON, Canada.
–The Pin Ball–, launch of the Toronto International Jewellery Festival, Gladstone Ballroom, Toronto, ON. Canada
'sNAG 2013 Exhibition in Motion: BLACK+WHITE+PEARLesque–, an exhibition sponsored by the SNAG conference and held Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre, Toronto, ON. Canada
–Project 31"OCAD Universities Fundraising event.
2012 –Nonology: Nanotechnology, the future of medicine and genetic engineering–, The World Future Conference Bata Launch Exhibition. An exhibition of work based on Foresight into the future. Held at the Sheraton Center, Toronto, ON, Canada.
2010 Featured Jewellery Artist for January at OCC Gallery, Toronto, ON
2009 Featured Artist at Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario
––between–"a three person exhibition of new work at *new* gallery, Toronto, ON
–Unity and Diversity"an exhibition of Canadian work exhibited at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2009 in Korea, Curator, Dr. Sandra Alfoldy, Cheongju, South Korea
–Best of 2008"Featuring award winners from the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, FCP Gallery, Toronto, ON
2008/09 –The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition"Toronto. ON
2007 –Currents–, Alumni and Faculty exhibition in the Great Hall at OCAD in conjunction with Nuit Blanche and the Material Art & Design, Applied art & Design, Alumni Reunion.
–Currostratus–, MAAD Faculty exhibition, The Ontario Craft Counsel Gallery, Toronto, ON
2005 –Discoveries–, *new* Gallery, Toronto, ON
–Willow Beach a Collective Experience–, A joint exhibition of new work, *new* Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 –The Holiday Exhibition–, *new* Gallery, Toronto, ON
2003 –What's New"(Red), inaugural exhibition, *new* Gallery, Toronto, ON
2002 –Angels"Solo Exhibition in conjunction with the Toronto Film Festival, Varsity Theatre, Toronto, ON
1996 "2002 –The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition–, Toronto, ON
Awards \ Grants
2013 Best In Show "–Transformation"Zilberschnuck's 9th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Canadian Fine Jewellery & Metalwork, Held in conjunction with the 2013 SNAG Conference.
May 24, 2013, received a second US Patent for the PIS Project, US Continuation Patent Application No. 13/647,519
2012 December 6, 2012, US Patent #126357641 Issued for a passive irrigation system, (PIS Project) based on the understanding of Biomimicry and design principles.
2009 Travel Grant from the OCC for the Cheongju International Craft Biennale
Professional Development Grant from the Ontario College of Art & Design
2008 Price Award for Teaching Excellence, the Ontario College of Art & Design
1992/1993/2008 Best Jewellery Award, –The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition–
1994 Award of Excellence, –XXX Taking Tea With Eros–, M.A.G. Exhibition
Received an Ontario Arts Council Grant
Award for Artistic Merit, –Winters Harvest–
Honorable Mention, –Winters Harvest–
1993 Received an Ontario Arts Council Grant
Award for Artistic Merit, –Winters Harvest–
1992 Winner of the Joan Chalmers"Metal Award, Harbourfront Centre
1991 Honorable Mention for Best Jewellery, –The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition–
Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries
2013 Juror and co-coordinator for –OPINE"a national student exhibition hosted by OCAD University in conjunction with the Meta Mosaic the 2013 SNAG Conference
2010 - 2014 Juror for 4Th Year Scholarships and Awards for OCAD University
2010 Juror for the Ontario Crafts Council Awards and Scholarships 2010
2009 Juror and coordinator for 'secret Identity, tell us who you really are"a national exhibition of jewellery from students in jewellery programs at Colleges and Universities across the country, hosted at the OCAD Student Gallery in Toronto
2008 Juror for –Come Eat With US"Material Art & Design Exhibition in the Great Hall Gallery, OCAD
2007 Juror for the Jewellery and Metal Categories of the 2007 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
2001 -2007 Juror for second and/or third year scholarships in Material Art & Design, OCAD, Toronto, ON
2005 Juror for –Undercover "Experimental Production 2005""The Head as Sight a Performative Project, the Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, ON
2004 Juror for –Findings–, a joint exhibition between The Ontario College of Art & Design and The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, hosted at OCAD and NSCAD.
2002 Juror for the –Algoma Fall Festival Exhibition–, the Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
2002 Juror for –Proxemics–, a joint exhibition between The Ontario College of Art & Design and The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
The Society of North American Goldsmiths, Metal Arts Guild of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario Craft Council, ROM