A 1986 Churchill Fellow, Rhyl was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Queensland in 2001 for her outstanding contribution to the University and to the Visual Arts in Queensland and appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her service to the Visual Arts.
In 1976 she won a commission to complete the carvings in the Great Court of the University of Queensland and since 1990 over three hundred of her carvings have been listed on the Registers of the National Estate and Queensland Heritage.
Perhaps her most prestigious commission was the production of a ceramic Australian Coat of Arms for the House of Representatives Chamber in Parliament House, Canberra in 1988.
As a professional sculptor with over forty years experience, she has worked almost exclusively on the design and production of over seven hundred commissioned public artworks for institutions, the churches, corporations, organisations, federal, state and local governments as well as for private clients.
Recently Rhyl has carved four portraits on site in the Benefactors’ Gallery of St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Brisbane and commenced work on thirteen statues she has designed for niches above the West Door.
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