Rik Allen was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and has a B.A. in Anthropology from Franklin Pierce University (NH). In 1995, Rik came to the Northwest to work at Pilchuck Glass School, and also become a member of the William Morris sculpture team, specializing in engraving, cutting, and finishing glass sculpture for 12 years.
In 2005, Rik established a glass and sculpture studio with his wife, artist Shelley Muzylowski Allen at their property in Skagit County, Washington. In addition to being an artists, Rik and Shelley have taught internationally at the Toyama Institute of Glass in Toyama, Japan, and the International Glass Festival in Stourbridge, England. They have also taught nationally, including the Penland School of Craft, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and at Pilchuck.
Rik has had solo exhibitions of his sculptural work and installations throughout the country, including Seeker at the Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Washington, Innersphere at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, and at Blue Rain Gallery, Traver Gallery, and Thomas Riley Galleries. His current series of work has been in the form of spacecraft, rockets, and scientific apparatus. While many of Rik’s pieces have a reference to his curiosity for science, they also convey humor, simple narratives, and a lightheartedness that is embodied in much of science fiction’s antiquated vision of the future.
His work has been featured and reviewed in American Craft Magazine, American Art Collector, Glass Art Magazine, and Launch Magazine, and is held in national and international private collections.
SELECTED COLLECTIONS Paul Allen Seattle, WA Elon Musk Los Angeles, CA Museum of Glass Tacoma, WA Eugene Roddenberry Los Angeles, CA Spark Museum of Electrical Invention Bellingham, WA Blue Origin Aerospace Kent, WA Montgomery Museum of Fine Art Montgomery, AL Boeing World Headquarters Chicago, IL Toyama Institute of Glass Toyama, Japan Jeff Bezos Collection Seattle, WA Flying Heritage Collection Everett, WA
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2015 “Out There”, Traver Gallery Seattle, WA 2014 “New Work” Blue Rain Gallery Santa Fe, NM 2013 “Seeker” Museum of Northwest Art La Conner, WA 2012 “Launch” SOFA Chicago/Blue Rain Gallery Chicago,IL 2011 “Adrift” Blue Rain Gallery Santa Fe, NM 2010 “Incortex” Blue Rain Gallery Santa Fe, NM 2009 “Transience” Traver Gallery Tacoma, WA 2007-2008 “Innersphere: Sculptural Works of Rik Allen” Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame November 16, 2007 – April 28, 2008 Seattle, WA 2007 “Innersphere” Traver Gallery Seattle, WA 2006 Thomas Riley Galleries Cleveland,OH 2003 “Vestiges of Galactic Craft” Vetri Gallery Seattle, WA 2001 R. Duane Reed Galleries St.Loius, MS 1998, 2000 Foster/White Gallery Kirkland, WA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2016 “Warping the Bubble” Collaboration w/Lanny Bergner Smith and Vallee Gallery Edison, WA 2015 Invitational, Glass Weekend, Schantz Gallery Stockbridge MA 2014 Harwood Museum of Art, ”ORALE!” Taos, NM 2014 Blue Rain Contemporary Scottsdale, AZ 2013 Blue Rain Gallery Santa Fe, NM “The Art of Glass” Lanoue Fine Art Boston, MA Thomas R. Riley Galleries at WheatonArts Millville, NJ Schantz Gallery Stockbridge, MA 2012 “Yesterday’s Tomorrow” Museum of Northwest Art La Conner WA “50 Year International Invitational” Habatat Galleries Royal Oak, MI 2010 “Fertile Ground” Museum of Glass Tacoma, WA 2009 “Inspired by” Traver Gallery Tacoma, WA
2009 “Weird Science” Flame Run Gallery Louisville, KY 2009 SOFA NY New York, NY 2005 -2012 SOFA Chicago Chicago, IL 2007 Palm Beach 3 West Palm Beach, FL Pratt Fine Arts Center Seattle, WA 2006 SOFA Chicago Chicago, IL Palm Beach 3 West Palm Beach,FL LewAllen Contemporary Santa Fe, NM 2005 Thomas Riley Galleries Cleveland, OH 2003 William Traver Gallery Seattle, WA “Looking North from Pilchuck” Group show Camano Island, WA 2002 Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Houston, TX Goldesberry Gallery Houston, TX Solomon Dubnick Gallery Sacramento, CA 2001 Holsten Gallery Stockbridge, MA Gallerie Dorita Atlanta, GA 2000 Baisden Gallery Tampa, FL SOFA Chicago Chicago, IL R. Duane Reed Gallery St. Louis/Chicago Gallerie Dorita Atlanta, GA 1999 R. Duane Reed Galleries Chicago / St. Louis Holsten Gallery Stockbridge, MA Gallerie Dorita Atlanta, GA Gallerie Alegria Birmingham, AL Arts of Utah Gallery Salt Lake City, UT 1998 Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Port Angeles, WA Pilchuck Staff Exhibit Foster/White Gallery Seattle, WA 1997 William Traver Gallery Group Show Seattle, WA Poncho Juried Auction Seattle,WA Vetri International Glass Seattle, WA 1996 Jewish Federation Menorah Show Seattle, WA History of the World Gallery Camano Is., WA