Thursday 23 October 2014

Mick O'Dea elected as president of Royal Hibernian Academy

Ennis artist Mick O'Dea was elected the 23rd President of the Royal Hibernian Academy at its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 14th October, 2014.

Born in Ennis, County Clare, in 1958, O’Dea studied at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin and the University of Massachusetts from 1976 to 1981. In 1997, he received an M.A. in European Fine Art from the Winchester School of Art in Barcelona and Winchester. He taught at NCAD from 1981 to 1999, and has also taught at universities in England and the U.S. O’Dea served as the first principal of the newly revived RHA School, 2006–2011. He has also worked extensively with art and education programmes in prisons and rehabilitation centres, including Portlaoise Prison, St. Patrick’s Institution, Wheatfield Prison and Youthreach, Kilrush, while establishing a successful painting career which has included many solo exhibitions. He has received numerous national and international awards and his work is held in many national collections. Upcoming exhibition...

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