Sallie Portnoy

Portnoy is a prolific interdisciplinary artist, working in glass, clay, metals, and mixed media. Her background in ceramics informs her work in glass, which has earned recognition and representation internationally in private and permanent collections. She studied ceramics at University of Manitoba and NSCAD in Canada and graduated from COFA (BA ceramics) and SCA, Sydney University (MSA glass). Portnoy has had numerous solo exhibitions and exhibits regularly in outdoor public art shows. She has been the recipient of several major awards and public art commissions both in the private sector and by various community councils.She teaches workshops in Australia, Canada, Turkey, and in U.S. at Corning Museum of Glass and Urban Glass NY and Pilchuck, Seattle. She lives, works and teaches on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

Commissions, Grants & Public Art

  • 2020 Sculpture By the Sea Cottesloe,WA, Australia
  • 2019 Sculpture By the Sea Bondi, Sydney, Australia
  • 2018 Warringah Council – refurbish mosaics Berry Reserve & Seating Westpac Corner
    Wollongong Bicentennisl Aquisitive Sculpture Award 2016 Wollongong Botanic Gardens.
  • 2015 “Sculpture By the Sea,” Bondi, Sydney, Australia
  • 2012 Warringah Council – refurbish mosaics Berry Reserve & Seating Westpac Corner
  • 2010 Wall mosaic (10m2), Glenhaven Retirement Village, Sydney, Australia
  • 2005 Rose & Max Rady Jewish Community Centre, Winnipeg, Canada: “Sisterhood,”
    3m x 2m stainless steel figures for outdoor sculpture garden
  • 2004 Private commission, Palm Springs, California: 6 glass wall figures, 120 x 14 x 6cm
    Chatswood Oval, Sydney, Australia: (4m2), glass mosaic for entrance to Peace Park
  • 2003 Qantas Child Care Centre, Sydney: stone & glass mosaic
  • 2000 “Sculpture By the Sea,” Bondi, Sydney, Australia
    “Thursday Plantation East Coast Sculpture Show,” Byron Bay, NSW
  • 1999 Warringah Council & Knox & Partners: 3 Sculptured and mosaic seat forms,
    Westpac corner, Narrabeen, Sydney, Australia
  • 1997 Warringah Council Glass Mosaic Bench (with children) Sydney, Australia
  • 1996 Warringah Council Ceramic Mural at Harbord Public School, Sydney, Australia
    Warringah Council & Integrated Site Design: (18m2), unground & wall glass mosaic Berry Reserve, Sydney, Australia
  • 1994 Quick Response Grant Visual Arts & Craft Board: Sydney, Australia:
    curated & exhibited in“Australian Glass Exhibition,” Gallery Niki, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1991 Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, USA
  • 1990 Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, USA
  • 1987 Visual Arts & Craft Board: Development Grant

Solo Glass Exhibitions

  • 2019 Curl Curl Creative Space Northern Beaches Council ‘Foursight’ Exhibition
  • 2017 Kerry Lowe Gallery, King St. Newtown, Sydney Australia, ‘Cast & Present’
  • 2015 Clara St Gallery, Sydney Australia ‘Introducing New instructors” Tom Bass Studios
  • 2012 Depot Gallery Dank Street, Sydney Australia “Intersections’ Cast glass and mixed metals;
    Amarynth Gallery Toronto Ontario Canada, cast glass sculpture
  • 2011 Soho Gallery, Sydney, Australia: “Showcase,” cast glass sculpture
    Sydney Opera House, Studio Building: “Avant Carde” Display, cast glass sculpture
  • 2010 Manyung Gallery, Melbourne, Australia: “Glass Art,” cast glass sculpture
  • 2007 Tap Gallery, Sydney Australia: “Mixed Marriage,” glass & bronze sculpture
  • 2003 Soho Gallery, Sydney Australia: “Les Angels,” cast glass angels
  • 2002 Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney Australia: “Metamorfishes,” cast glass
    Soho Gallery, Sydney, Australia: “Guardians of the Grail,” cast glass sculpture
  • 2000 Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney, Australia: “Speaking Figuratively,” cast glass

Juried Group Exhibitions

  • 2021 ABC Art Exhibition Kensington, Sydney; Transformation, Sydney Botanic Gardens; Raining Pots, Curl Curl Creative Space ceramic exhibition ‘Raining Pots; Sculpture in the Gardens Mudgee, NSW; Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi NSW, Bnai Brith COA Art exhibition Sydney; Sculpture in the Valley Kiama Sculpture on the Farm, Dungog, NSW
  • 2020 Sculpture By the Sea Cottesloe, WA;Sculpture in the Gardens Mudgee NSW; Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi NSW,
    Harbour Sculpture Prize, Balmain, Sydney NSW
  • 2019 Sculpture By the Sea Bondi, Sydney, Australia; Sculpture on the Farm, Dungog, NSW; Incinerator Sculpture Exhibition, “A Moment in Time”, Willoughby, Sydney, Australia (Prize for excellence);3DPoolside Warringah Aquatic Centre, Sydney; Northern Beaches Art Prize, Creative Space, Curl Curl NSW
  • 2018 Northern Beaches Council Creative Space ‘Water’, ‘Air’, Fire’, Exhibitions, Sydney; Incinerator Sculpture Exhibition, Willoughby, Sydney;
    Manly Art Gallery & Museum ‘Land’ Exhibition, Manly, Sydney Australia
  • 2017 Ausglass Conference Exhibition, Canberra, ACT; MAGIC, Mansfield Art Exhibition, Mansfield, Victoria; Eden Unearthed Sculpture Exhibition, Sydney
  • 2016 Wollongong Bicentennial Acquisitive Sculpture Award 2016
  • 2015 Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, Sydney ;KIGA, Kirra Gallery Illuminating Glass Award, Federation Square, Melbourne; Manly Art gallery & Museum, ”Salt Water Country”; North Sydney Art Prize, Sydney; Sculptors Society Exhibitions: Darling Park, Chifley Square, Governor Phillip Governor Macquarie Towers, Sydney; Soho Galler Sculpture Show, Darling Park, Sydney; Incinerator Sculpture Exhibition, Willoughby, Sydney, Australia
  • 2014 Northbridge Art Prize- 1st prize in Sculpture, Sydney; Sculpture in the Vineyards, Hunter Valley NSW; Rookwood Cemetery “Hidden”, Sydney
  • 2013 Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga Australia
  • 2012 Sculptors Society Exhibitions, Sydney, Australia: Darling Park, Chifley Square; Governor Phillip & Governor Macquarie Towers, Artman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia:
  • 2011 Manly Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia: “Keeping Company” ;Festival of Mosman, Sydney, Australia: “In Situ Exhibition”; Manly Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia: “Keeping Company”; Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, Australia: “Refraction” ; Artman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia: “Focus on Glass”
  • 2010 Sculptors Society Exhibition, Darling Park, Sydney; recipient of Price Waterhouse Cooper Prize for “Metamorphic Meditations”; Global Gallery, Sydney, “Sculpture 2010 Exhibition”; Soho Gallery, Sydney, Australia: “The Best Of Exhibition”
  • 2009 Sculptors Society Exhibition, Darling Park, Sydney, Australia: Figurative prize for “Lilith”;Contemporary Australian Art Glass, Hobart, Australia: “Furnace” ; Soho Gallery Exhibition, Sydney,“Tranquillity”;Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney,: “Keeping Company Exhibition”; Tasmania Shop & Gallery, “Hobart,
  • 2008 Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga Australia: Print & Glass Exhibition: “Crossfire”;Soho Gallery, Sydney, Australia: “All the Best 2008 Exhibition” ;
    Sculptors Society Exhibition, Sydney,: Darling Park Exhibition ;Glass Artists Gallery Group Exhibition, Sydney, Australia: “Best Of Exhibition”
  • 2007 SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL: represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney; Defiance Gallery, Sydney, Australia: “Small Sculpture Exhibition” ; “Sculpture in the Vineyards Exhibition,” Hunter Valley, NSW; Mosman Village “Festival of Sculpture Exhibition,” Sydney, Australia
  • 2006 SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL: represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney; University of Western Sydney, Australia: “Acquisitive Sculpture Award & Exhibition”
    Defiance Gallery, Sydney, “Small Sculpture Exhibition”; “Sculpture in the Vineyards,” Hunter Valley, Australia
  • 2005 SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL: represented by Raglan Gallery Sydney; Raglan Gallery, Sydney, Australia: “Towards the Inner – Avec le Verre”
    Manly Art Gallery, Sydney,: “Material Instincts” ;Central Coast Art Exhibition, Wyong, Australia (1st prize, $3500) for “Blue Lady”
    Soho Gallery, Sydney Australia: “Sculpture 2005”;Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, MI: “Celebrating the Figure”
  • 2004 SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL: represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney; Central Coast Art Exhibition, Wyong, Australia: (1st prize, $3500) for “Blue Lady”
    Ariana gallery, Royal Oak, MI: “Celebrating the Figure”; Sculptors Society Exhibition, Sydney, Australia: Australia Square Barnes Products Award
    Salmon Galleries, Sydney, Australia: “Storytellers”
  • 2003 Sculptors Society Exhibition, Darling Park, Sydney, Australia: (1st prize, $2000) for “Boat People” Ausglass Exhibition, Perth, Australia
    Gunyulgup Gallery, “Group Glass Show,” Margaret River; Bella Vetri Gallery, Maui, Hawaii: Artist reception
  • 2002 Craft Council of Australia, Sydney, “Romance at the Rocks” (2nd prize); “Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize,” Sydney, Sculptors Society Darling Park, Sydney
  • 2001 Kirra Australia Galleries, Melbourne, Australia: curated & exhibited in Figuratively Speaking;” 8 artists working figuratively in glass using 8 different processes.
    “Sculpture in the City,” with “Sculpture by the Sea” Martin Plc., Sydney, Australia
  • 2000 Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney, Australia: “Reclaimed” exhibition (Part of Sydney Biennale) “ORFC Glass Prize 2000,” Sydney; “Sculpture By the Sea,” Sydney; “Thursday Plantation East Coast Sculpture Show,” Byron Bay, NSW; “Mornington Peninsula Craft Event,” Victoria, Australia ; Museums & Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Australia: “15th Craft Award”

Education

  • 2019 /20 Northern Beaches TAFE Brookvale Ceramic Department Open Studio
  • 2012 Masters of Studio Art, Sydney College of the Arts, Australia
  • 2005/6 Wollongong TAFE foundry student: bronze, aluminium &iron casting, Wollongong, Australia
  • 1998 College of Holistic Counselling, Certificate in Counselling, Sydney, Australia
  • 1995/91/90/ 87 Pilchuck Glass School: summer workshops in glass casting, Seattle, WA
  • 1990 Bildwerk School, Frauenau, Germany: glass & metal casting with Steven P. Day
  • 1988-89 City Art Institute, Bachelor of Fine Arts: Ceramics, Sydney, Australia.
  • 1984 Parsons School of Design: Ceramics with Dorothy Hafner, New York
  • 1981 Ceramic workshops with Gwynn Hansen-Piggot and Joan Campbell, South Australia
  • 1979-80 Nova Scotia College of Art & Design: Ceramics with John Reeve & Walter Ostrom, Halifax, Canada
  • 1978-79 University of Manitoba: Ceramics with Robert Archembeau, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Work/Teaching Experience

  • 2021-1987 The G Spot Studio: workshops in cast, fused & slumped glass, mosaic, sand casting & glass blowing
  • 2020 Accepted for inclusion on Council’s Public Art Artist Panel for an initial period of three
  • 2018 The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey: glass-casting workshop
  • 2015 Pilchuck Glass School Seattle Washington, Session 2
  • 2012 Red Deer College, Alberta, Canada, Glass casting workshop
  • 2011 Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society Board of Directors, Sydney, Australia
  • 2008 Manly Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia: lecture Studio Glass Practice
  • 2007 Pottery Place, North Queensland, Australia: 2 glass casting workshops
  • 2004 Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York: glass casting/fusing workshop
  • 2004 Urban Glass, Brooklyn, New York: glass casting/fusing workshop
  • 2004 University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada: glass-casting workshop
  • 2003 Gymea TAFE, Sydney, Australia: glass-casting workshop
  • 2002 The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey: glass-casting workshop
  • 2001 Invited on to AUSGLASS Board of Directors, Sydney, Australia (2 years)
  • 1998 Guest lecturer, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW: ‘Personal Artist Profile’
  • 1997 Guest lecturer, Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem, Israel: ‘Personal Artist Profile’
  • 1994 Lecturer, Niki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan: ‘Personal Artist Profile’
  • 1993 Guest lecturer, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia: ‘Personal Artist Profile’
  • 1991 Bildwerk School, Frauenau, Germany: fusing workshop.
  • 1990 Experimental Glass Workshop, New York: fusing/slumping workshop
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