ROLAND REISS is a painter and sculptor from Southern California who has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad. His work has been seen at the Whitney Museum of American Art and at Documenta in Kassel, Germany. Exhibitions include shows in Great Britain, South Korea, Belarus, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Mexico, China, Canada, Italy, Germany, Japan and Taiwan. He is the recipient of four N.E.A. grants and of more than forty prizes and awards. His work is located in many public, corporate and private collections. In 2009 he received the Distinguished Teaching of Art Award from the College Art Association.
Since 1992, Reiss has concentrated exclusively on painting. He studied at the American Academy of Art and UCLA. Before coming to Claremont, he taught painting and drawing at UCLA and at the University of Colorado. At Claremont Graduate University he was chair of the Art Department for 29 years and held the Benezet Chair in the Humanities. He also served as Director of the Center for the Arts and currently, he is Director of “Paintings Edge,” an advanced program in painting for Idyllwild Arts.
MAJOR GROUP EXHIBITIONS: Documenta, Kassel, Germany, The Whitney Biennial, The Ducal Palace, Guibbio, Italy, UCLA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Oakland Museum, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Art Space in San Francisco, Museo Tamayo, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Newport Harbor Museum, Kyoto National Museum, California Institute of the Arts, Hirschorn Museum, Andi Campognone Projects, David Richard Gallery, Toomey Tourell Gallery, Cirrus Gallery, Ace Gallery, UC Irvine, Fort Worth Art Museum, UC Santa Cruz, Smithsonian Institution, Portland Museum, Mulvane Art Center, Nelson-Atkins, Alaska Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Sezon Museum in Tokyo, Tsukashin Hall in Osaka, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, MOCA Minsk, Belarus, and the Riverside Museum of Art.
MAJOR ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS: Pasadena Museum of California Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California State Universities at Stanislaus, Channel Islands, San Bernardino, Chico and Los Angeles, Knoxville Museum of Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Palm Springs Desert Art Museum, Calgary Museum, University of Kentucky, South Alberta Art Gallery, UC San Diego, Amarillo College, Fullerton College, University of La Verne, Claremont Graduate University, Huntington Beach Art Center, Ace Gallery, Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles, Toomey-Tourell Gallery in San Francisco, the Torrance Art Museum, UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, and Riverside Art Museum.