Neal Rock

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Art
Office location and address
151 Rugby Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
2017. Ph.D. Painting (By-Practice). Royal College of Art. London
2000. MA Fine Art. Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design. London
1999. BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting. University of Gloucestershire. UK

Neal Rock is a visual artist who was born and raised in the industrial steel town of Port Talbot, South Wales (UK). A naturalized American citizen, he currently lives and works in Charlottsville, Virginia & San Bernardino, California. He holds a BA (Hons) in Painting from the University of Gloucestershire, UK; an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design, London and a practice-based Ph.D. in Painting from London’s Royal College of Art. With a visual art practice that encompasses interdisciplinary approaches to painting informed by histories of prosthetics, abstraction & embodiment, he has exhibited extensively internationally since the early 2000s. His work has been featured in commercial solo exhibitions in London, Amsterdam, Paris, New York and Los Angeles, and Rock has participated in international survey exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; Contemporary Art Museum Houston, TX; The John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK; New York’s Storefront for Art & Architecture; London’s Royal Academy of Art & ICA, amongst others. In 2009 he had his first public gallery solo exhibition; Fansestra & Other Works, at the New Art Gallery Walsall, UK. He was the recipient of the 2015-16 Grant Wood Painting Fellowship at the University of Iowa, alongside other residencies and fellowships including, MASS MoCA, Yaddo, VCCA and South Dakota State University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Studio Art; Painting at the University of Virginia.

ARTS 2620: Drawing II
Credits: 3
Applies technical drawing skills to projects that delve into analytical thinking and idea-based work. Projects are designed to help students experiment and learn how to communicate meaning visually. Prerequisite: ARTS 2000 and ARTS 2610.
ARTS 2712: Introduction to Oil Painting
Credits: 3
Introduction to Oil-based painting.
ARTS 3559: New Course in Studio Art
Credits: 1–4
New course in the subject of studio art.
ARTS 3710: Intermediate Painting I
Credits: 3
Exploration of contemporary painting materials, techniques, and concepts, as well as a continuation of basic oil painting processes. Assignments are designed to assist the student in developing their perceptions and imagination and translating them into painted images. Direction is given to the formation of personal original painting styles. Prerequisite: ARTS 2710, 2712.
ARTS 3712: Intermediate Painting II
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: ARTS 2710, 2712.
ARTS 4710: Advanced Painting I
Credits: 3
The capstone of a three year study in painting. Continues the investigation of oil painting as an expressive medium and stresses the development of students' ability to conceive and execute a series of thematically related paintings over the course of the semester. Painting professors and course content vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: ARTS 3710 or 3712.
ARTS 4712: Advanced Painting II
Credits: 3
Painting professors and course content vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: ARTS 3710 or ARTS 3712.
ARTS 4900: Advanced Project in Art
Credits: 1–4
Investigation and development of a consistent idea or theme in painting, sculpture, or the graphic arts. May be taken more than once under the same course number by students who are sufficiently advanced in studio work. This course is not intended to be used for major credit. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

2018. Stuart-Artist-in-Residence. South Dakota State University. SD

2017. Yaddo. Artist in Residence. NY

           MASS MoCA Studios. Artist in Residence. MA

​2016. XL Catlin Art Prize. UK (finalist)

​2015-16. Grant Wood Painting Fellowship. University of Iowa. IA

2014. John Moores Painting Prize (exhibition). Walker Art Gallery. Liverpool. UK

​2007. Jerwood Contemporary Painters. UK  (joint prize winner)

            University of Nevada Las Vegas. Artist in Residence. NV

​2004. British Council Award to Artists

           Wales Art International Grant

​2001. Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts. Artist in Residence. VA