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Higby named 2009 Voulkos Fellow by the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts
9/09/09

Wayne Higby with 'EarthCloud' tiles

Wayne Higby with 'EarthCloud' tiles

Wayne Higby, professor of ceramic art at Alfred University and an internationally acclaimed ceramic artist, has been named the 2009 Voulkos Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts.

As part of his fellowship, Higby will offer a two-day workshop at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, Oct. 10-11, and will deliver a public lecture on Saturday, Oct. 10. His residency at the Bray Foundation will run Oct. 2-18.

The Fellowship was created by ceramic artist Peter Voulkos’ family and friends after his death in 2002.The Bray Foundation invites “a distinguished artist to work at the Bray each year as an influence to the resident artists and community.”

Selection is based on the artist’s “outstanding contribution art an artist and an outstanding commitment to open artistic exchange.”

The selection committee, which itself comprises noted artists, looks for Fellows who, based on the spirit of Voulkos, “will represents a new perspective to the Bray community, bringing new ideas and influence of personality.”

Previous recipients include Stephen Destabler, 2004; Don Reitz, a 1963 alumnus of the School of Art & Design at Alfred University, 2005; John Mason, 2006; Takeshi Yasuda, 2007; and Patti Warashina, 2008.

Higby has been a member of the faculty of the School of Art & Design for more than 30 years. He is an Alfred University Kruson Distinguished Professor and the first holder of the Robert C. Turner Chair in Ceramic Art, created in 2005 by Marlin Miller, a 1955 alumnus of Alfred University.
Higby is the recipient of a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; received the Board of Governors’ Distinguished Educator Award from the James Renwick Alliance; was named a “Master Teacher” by the University of Hartford; and earned the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts’ highest honor.

Higby is the vice president of the International Academy of Ceramics. He is also an honorary professor at Shanghai University; honorary president of the San Bao International Ceramic Institute, which he helped to found; and was named an honorary citizen of Jingdezhen, China, for his efforts linking Alfred to Jingdezhen, the U.S. to China.

The American Crafts Movement honored Higby as one of seven artists whom it called “genuine living legends representing the best of American artists.” The James Renwick Alliance presented its Board of Governors’ Master of the Media Award to Higby during a celebration of American Craft Masters.
Alfred University presented Voulkos with an honorary degree in 1998.

The School of Art & Design at Alfred University is recognized as one of the best in the country. U.S. News and World Report ranks the MFA program in ceramic art at Alfred University as number one.