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Lola Greeno was born on the 27th May, 1946 on Cape Barren Island. She later moved to Flinders Island where she lived until 1972, when she relocated to Launceston to allow her children a wider education and to extend her own education as a mature age student. In 1997 Greeno completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania in Launceston and since graduating, Greeno has developed her knowledge and skills through a traineeship at the University of Tasmania Gallery and as a participant in an internship program at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
Lola Greeno is a well-known Tasmanian Aboriginal shell worker, sculptor, installation and fibre artist who also works as a curator and as the Program Officer, Aboriginal Arts at Arts Tasmania. Greeno’s work has been exhibited widely throughout Australia including the 2000 Adelaide Biennial exhibition Beyond the Pale at the Art Gallery of South Australia. In 2000 Greeno interviewed 11 Tasmanian Aboriginal elders for the oral history project 'As I Remember’, produced by the Equity Standards Branch of the Department of Education, Hobart and in 1998-99 she worked on the 'Bringing Them Home Oral History Project’ for the National Library of Australia. Greeno’s work is represented in state, national and private collections including the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW; the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston; Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart; National Maritime Museum, Sydney; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane and the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
At the time of writing her recent work includes completing a commissioned long green maireener shell necklace for the National Gallery of Victoria and attending both an Indigenous Arts Forum in Perth and a Collections Conference at Museum Victoria. She co-curated the Tasmanian work in Woven Forms, the 2005 Object Gallery exhibition, currently touring Australia. Lola is proud to be working with a group of Tasmanian Aboriginal women in researching the plants and techniques used in the old Tasmanian Aboriginal baskets towards a series of new contemporary works. Lola completed the National Indigenous Leadership Program in 2007 and in 2008 was a participant in the Advanced Leadership Course.