Ronnie Hughes primarily teaches Drawing, Painting and Practice on the Fine Art programmes but he also delivers a series of Visual Literacy lectures and practical classes to the Architecture, Creative Design, Fine Art and Performing Arts programmes. He is currently year co-ordinator for third and fourth year Fine Art and has served as Fine Art Programme Chairperson from 2000-05 and 2011-13.
Born in Belfast, Ronnie Hughes studied at the University of Ulster, Belfast, receiving an MA in Fine Art in 1989. Hughes has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout Ireland (Butler Gallery, Context, Fenderesky Gallery, Goethe Institute, Hugh Lane Golden Bough, Limerick City Gallery, Millennium Court, Model Arts Centre, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Rubicon Gallery, Sirius Arts Centre) and has participated in numerous group exhibitions worldwide. In 2011 Hughes received a Major Bursary from Culture Ireland to present solo exhibitions in Chicago and Los Angeles with Steve Turner Contemporary.
Hughes' work has been written about extensively and he has received several awards including a one-year residency in New York (PS1, 1990-91) and three-month residencies at Banff Arts Center, Canada (1994) and Bemis Arts Center, Nebraska (1997). In 2006 he was awarded both the 'Irish Artist Fellowship' - a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center and a two-month residency at the 'Albers Foundation' in Connecticut.
Hughes' work is held in many public and corporate collections, including both Irish Arts Councils and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.