Glover studied ceramics with Anthony H, Ivins, and painting with Doug McClellan at Chaffey College in 1954-6. From 1956-1960 he studied with Peter Voulkos and Helen Richter Watson at the Los Angeles County Art Institute, where he received his MFA in 1960, (now Otis College of Art and Design).
Glover retired after 39 years of teaching and as Full Professor at the Otis College of Art and Design in 2001. He briefly returned to teach a Color and Design course for the Spring of 2002.
Since April 2006 to the present time, Glover has been working at Silica Studios in Palm Springs, California. Using earthenware sculpture clays, the sculptural forms are constructed by slab, coil and pinch techniques. The surfaces are sometimes embellished with a variety of sprayed and splattered underglazes, layered with detailed brush designs of terra sigillata and burnished with a river stone achieving a smooth satin finish. Within the past few decades, two directions are simultaneously being pursued. Firstly, the "orbs" or cocoon-like forms draw attention to its hollow interior, by placing a small ceramic ball(s) inside to creating a rolling sound. Secondly, the tall totems or "monopeds" are about balancing on point, as the dancer, or quill poised to make base notations and test both visual balance and gravity. While this may seem an intellectual approach to creating sculpture , it is more important that intuitive thoughts prevail.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1999 L.A. Artcore Center, "Robert Glover: A Survey of Work 1977-1999", Los Angeles, CA
1989 Space Gallery, "Robert Glover: Concretus Series [Ceramic Sculpture]", Los Angeles, CA.
1987 Space Gallery, "Robert Glover: Fasciatus Series [Ceramic Sculpture]", Los Angeles, CA.
1985 Space Gallery, "Robert Glover: Ceramic Sculpture", Los Angeles, CA
1984 Rex W. Wignall Museum/Gallery , "Robert Glover: Outside/Inside", Ceramic Sculpture. Alta Loma, CA
1976 Janus Gallery, "Robert Glover: Recent Works". Painting and Ceramic Sculpture. Los Angeles, CA.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2008 "Profilo" Edenhurst Gallery on El Paseo in Palm Desert.
2008 "Reclaiming Otis: Inter-Genertation" October 3-5, 2008 Curated by Renee A. Fox, Kate Harding and Jenee Misraje
2008 "Space Gallery from 12.1975 to 08.1995" W.Keith and Janet Kellog University Gallery California State Polytechnic, Pomona, CA 9/14 to 10/18, 2008. Curated by Patrick Merrill.
2008 "Profilo" Robert Glover. Sculpture and vessel forms. Edenhurst Gallery. Palm Desert, CA January 14 - February 15. 2008
1998 "International Contemporary Ceramics": From the Igal and Diane Silber Collection, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA. Mar. 28-Aug. 1998
1997 "International Exhibition", Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Kitakyushu, Japan. Curated by Yoshio Ikezaki. Nov. 1997
1995 "4 Paths in Clay, El Camino College Art Gallery, Torrance, CA, Oct. 9 - Nov. 3, "One Vision", SPACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, June 25-July 29, 1995
1994 "Clay Forms", SPACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA December 10-January 14,1995
1992 "Basically: Black and White", Riverside Art Center Museum, March 21-April 28, 1992
1991 Arizona State University, "Jansen-Johns Collection", April 1991
1989 Mt. St. Mary's College, "Clay III", exhibited "Concretus-Antevessel", series of 8 forms, 09/25/89. Space Gallery, "Clay", Five sculptures of 1977-8 series, and photos of site specific applications. July 8-August 12. Los Angeles, CA.
1988 Space Gallery, "The Art of Function", Wall sculpture: Featherstone w/glass, "Homilia". Los Angeles,CA
1987 SPACE" A Survey of Objects", curated by Edward Den Lau. Space Gallery. Los Angeles, CA. "Natural Sources": Group Exhibition curated by Edward Den Lau and Lawrence Gipe. Angels Gate Cultural Center. San Pedro, CA "Diamond Jubilee/Alumni Artists". Rex W. Wignall Museum/Gallery. Chaffey Community College, Alta Loma. CA (Ceramic sculpture/painting)
1986 "Sculptural Forms": Robert Glover. Showcase Gallery (Solo) Cerritos College. Norwalk, CA. "Outside (Inside)" Canole, Glover, Kunishima, Lau. SPACE Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.
1985 "Shades of Gray", SPACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1984 "Clay: Garber, Glasgow, Glover, Kibler, Lapin, Phillips". The Art Store. Los Angeles, CA.
1982 "Dualism:Bengston,Glover,Price,Sweet,Yokoi,Wudl, and Woelffer". Otis/Parsons Exhibition Center. Los Angeles, CA.
1979 "Robert Glover/Randy Sandel:Ceramic Sculpture/Painting". North Gallery: Municipal Gallery. Los Angeles, CA. "Thanatopsis/Contemplations on Death", SPACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
1978 "Conwill, Glover, and Hobson". SPACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
1977 "Ceramics Invitational". Riverside Art Center Museum. Riverside, CA.
1973 "Sculpture Invitational". San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, CA.
1971 "Design 11". Pasadena Art Museum. Pasadena, CA
1966 "Art in Embassies". United States Embassies. American HandGallery, Washington, D.C.
1964 "Annual Sculpture Exhibition. Laguna Beach Art Museum. Laguna Beach, CA.
1961 "Paintings: Group Exhibition". La Jolla Art Center Museum, La Jolla, CA.
1960 "Ceramics National". Everson Museum of Fine Arts. Syracuse, NY.
"Designer/Craftsman". Los Angeles County Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
1957 "Drawing Exhibition" San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts. San Francisco, CA
1997 Los Angeles International Art Festival 1997, Los Angeles, CA Dec. 3-29, 1997 LA ArtCore/TransAmerica
1995 "One Vision" - Closing Exhibition 1975 - 1995, SPACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Jun/Jul 1995
1980 Courtesy of Space Gallery-"Collectors Presentation", Los Angeles, CA December 1980-January 1981"Ceramics Invitational", Golden West College Fine Arts Gallery, Huntington Beach, CA. "Ceramics Invitational", Roberts Gallery, Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica, CA
1979 "Otis/Parsons Faculty Exhibit", Parsons Exhibition Center, New York, NY
1970 Invitational "Ceramics", Santa Monica City College Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1968 "Otis Art Institute Alumni Exhibit", Otis Art Institute Gallery, Sculpture Purchase Award, Los Angeles, CA
1966 "Painting", Laguna Beach Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA (Cash Award)
1965 Ceramics Invitational, "Containers", Otis Art Institute Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1964 "Barnsdall Annual Art Exhibit", Los Angeles, CA Ceramics Sculpture
"Preview of Recent Ceramic Sculptures" courtesy of Comara Gallery, Los Angeles, CA "2nd Annual Sculpture Exhibition", Laguna Beach Art Association, Laguna Beach, CA (Cash Award)
1963 "Lively Arts at Lang Gallery", Scripps College, Claremont, CA (Invitational)
Invitational: The Downey Art Museum, Downey, CA (Ceramics)
1962 "Solo: Robert Glover", Woodridge School Gallery, Pasadena, CA
"Solo: Robert Glover", St. Mark's Episcopal Church Gallery, Altadena, CA
Invitational: The Downey Art Museum, Downey, CA (Ceramics)
"Otis Faculty Exhibit", University Gallery, University of Arizona
1961 "Fine Arts Exhibit", National Orange Show, juried. San Bernardino, CA
"Invitational", Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery, Walnut, CA (Ceramic panels)
1960 "Campbell, Glover, Van Brunt", College Art Gallery, San Diego State College, San Diego, CA "Graduate Exhibition-MFA", Otis Art Institute Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (Paintings/Ceramics) "Campbell, Glover, Van Brunt", Exhibition Center, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA "California Artists Invitational", Chaffey Community Art Association, Ontario, CA "Robert Glover: Solo", Ivory Tower Gallery, Santa Monica, CA Agnes Fraser Gallery, Ceramic architectural panels, Los Angeles, CA
1959 "Campbell, Glover, Van Brunt", Pasadena City College Gallery, Pasadena, CA (Paintings/Ceramics) "Newport Harbor Annual", Newport Harbor Museum, Newport Harbor, CA (juried painting) La Jolla Art Center - Juried Exhibition, La Jolla, CA (ceramic panel) "Robert Glover" Paintings- Invitational Chaffey Community Art Association, Ontario, CA "California Artists" (Award) Painting, Fine Arts Division of the California State Fair,Sacramento, CA
1956 "College Competition and Scholastic Award" 1st Award Ceramics, Chaffey Junior College, Ontario, CA
2008 "Space Gallery: A Tribute Survey" by Judith Hooberg. September 2008 ArtScene
1989 Donahue, Marlena. "Galleries", Los Angeles Times, Calendar Section/F27, Dec. 15, 1989.
1988 Laurence, Michael, "Reviews", Sculpture.May-June 1988. Vol. 7 No.3 p.32 (b/w photo). McCloud, Mac. "Robert Glover/Embracing Existence". Visions, Summer 1988, Vol. 2, No.3, p.6-7.
1987 Weizenbach, Michael. "Galleries", Los Angeles Times. Calendar Section/Part VI, Dec.11, 1987.
1986 Nicholson,Chuck. "Contemplative Spaces", Artweek, July 26, 1986. Vol. 17. No.26. p.5. Ballatore, Sandy. "Pick of the Week", L. A. Weekly, July 18-24, 1986. p.9. Lasarow and Bermann-Enn (Editors), ArtScene, "Continuing and Recommended", Jan. 1986. Vol. 5., No. 5., p. 10.
1985 McCloud, Mac. "Metamorphosis of Form", Artweek, Dec. 21, 1985.Vol. 14. No. 43, p. 6. Clothier,Peter."Remembrances of Things Past". L.A.Weekly,Dec. 27-Jan.2 1986. Vol.8.,No.5., p.59. McKenna, Kristine. "Galleries", Los Angeles Times, Calendar Section/Part VI, Dec. 13, 1985. p. 20.
1979 Mallinson, Constance. "Municipal Gallery/North Gallery".Artweek, Oct.13,1979. Vol.10. No.33. p. 8.
1978 Wortz, Melinda. "Thanatopsis". ARTnews, November 1978.
Loach, Roberta. "Thanatopsis". Visual Dialogue, Fall 1978, p. 24.
Wilson, William."Art Walk". Los Angeles Times. Jan. 20. 1978.
1976 Wilson, William. "Art Walk". Los Angeles Times. Feb. 27, 1976.
Glass,Judith. "Robert Glover's New Field Imagery". Artweek. Feb. 21
"Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975", American Museum of Ceramic Art ( AMOCA), Pomona, California... In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time, an initiative of the Getty with arts institutions across Southern California. November 11,2011-March 31, 2012. Photo and text.
Catalog, L.A Artcore. Robert Glover: A Survey of Work. 19 pages, (8 pages or color,6 pages of black and white. Essay by Collette Chattopadhyay. Poetry by Mac McCloud. October 1999 Catalog, International Contemporary Ceramics, Laguna Art Museum. Page 37.
Catalog, Los Angeles International Art Festival 1997 LA ArtCore and Transamerica. Photo page 63.
Nigrosh, Leon, Sculpting Clay, Davis Pub., Worchester, MA.,1992 Photo, pages 44 and 87
Art in America."86-87 Annual Guide to Galleries, Museums, and Artists". Aug. 1986. No. 8.
ArtScene, "Continuing and Recommended",(Ed.),Jan. 1985, Vol. 4., No. 5., p. 13.
Krantz, Les. American Artists: An Illustrated Survey of American Contemporary Artists. Reference. Les Krantz Pub. 1985. p. 121-122.
Robert Glover:Outside/Inside.Catalogue. Rex W. Wignall Museum/Gallery. Alta Loma,CA. \ Jan-Feb. 1984
Ceramics Monthly "News & Retrospect: RobertGlover". Photo and statement. Jun/Jul/Aug 1984. p.75
International Sculpture. Cover photo: Robert Glover, "Shoreline" 1982. International Sculpture Center. Washington DC. Aug/Sept. 1984. Vol. 3., No. 4.
Who's Who in American Art. Reference. 1976 to present
Foundations in Clay. Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art. May 3, 1977. Robert Smith (curator). Catalog.
Conrad,JohnW.ContemporaryCeramicsTechniques. Prentice/Hall Pub. Photo. Introduction: p. xi.
American Craft,Photo and statement. Feb/Mar 1980. p. 68.
Ceramics Monthly. Photo and statement. Jan 1979. p. 71.
Ceramics Monthly. Photo and statement. May 1978. p. 79.
Artweek. Photo and statement. Feb. 4, 1978. p. 7.
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Scottish Rite Masonic Temple/Los Angeles, CA
First Bank of Los Angeles/ Los Angeles, CA
Fluor Corporation/ Irvine, CA
The Lewitzky Dance Foundation/ Los Angeles, CA
Otis Art Institute/Los Angeles County, CA
Pyramid Properties, Los Angeles, CA
Security Pacific Bank of California/ Los Angeles, CA
San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, CA
Jarupa Hills Country Club, Jarupa Hills, CA
Turpin/Whitebook - Westlake Village, CA
Interpace Los Angeles, CA
Southern California Container Corp./Los Angeles, CA
First Federal Savings and Loan/ Pasadena, CA
St. Marks Episcopal Church/Downey, CA
Everson Museum of Fine Arts/Syracuse, NY
Oakland Museum of Art/Oakland, CA