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D. Wayne Higby
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Department: Ceramic Art  
D. Wayne Higby
Wayne Higby is a ceramic artist and educator. His unique vision of the American Landscape and its manifestation in work ranging from vessel form to tile, sculpture and architectural installation has brought him international recognition. His work is held in the permanent collections of numerous art museums around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. He is a professor and the Robert C. Turner Chair of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, where he has also served as Chair of the Division of Ceramic Art. Higby is a published authority on ceramic art, acknowledged for his articulate lectures, essays and critical evaluations. Higby is the recipient of both the Master of the Media and the Distinguished Educator awards from the James Renwick Alliance as well as the American Craft Museum (Museum of Arts and Design, New York) Visionary award. Since 1991, he has traveled and taught extensively in the Peoples Republic of China. Higby is an Honorary Professor of Art at Shanghai University and the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute as well as a faculty member of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. In 2004 he became the first foreign national to be acclaimed an Honorary Citizen of the “porcelain city“ of Jingdezhen. Higby is a member of Honor of the United States National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), a Life Trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Vice President of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, Switzerland. A major book on Wayne Higby’s work and his project “EarthCloud” ---the largest hand cut porcelain, architectural installation in the world---has recently been published by Arnoldsche, Stuttgart, Germany, ISBN 978.3.89790.276.3.

Artist's Statement

Earth, sky, time, light, space: my work is a meditation on the relationship between mind and matter. It is not about landscape.

Professional Experience
Alfred University, Alfred, NY, 1973-present Professor, Robert C. Turner Chair of Ceramic Art Kruson Distinguished Professor

Honors and Awards
Honorary Director of the Institute of International Arts, College of Fine Arts, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China, 2010

Voulkos Fellow, Archie Bray foundation,2009

Honorary Member of the Council, NCECA, 2005

Master of the Media, James Renwick Alliance, 2005

Honorary Citizen, Jingdezhen, P.R. China, 2004

Appointed: Life Trustee, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 2003

Distinguished Educator Award, James Renwick Alliance, 2002

Recognition of Excellence, American Ceramic Society, 1998

American Craft Movement Visionary Award, American Craft Museum, 1995

College of Fellows, American Craft Council, 1995

Honorary Professor of Ceramic Art, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, P.R. China, 1995

Honorary Professor of Art, College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University, 2000

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, State University of New York, 1993

Master Teacher Award, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT, 1990

George A. and Eliza Howard Foundation Fellowship, 1986

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, 1985, 1989

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1973, 1977, 1988

Solo Exhibitions

Wayne Higby: Thresholds, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York, 2003

Wayne Higby: Landscape as Memory, 1990-1999

Museum of Art & Design, Helsinki, Finland, 1999

Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 1991, 1997

Helen Drutt Gallery, New York, NY, 1988, 1990

Okun-Thomas Gallery, St. Louis, MO, 1979

Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1996

Exhibit A, Gallery of American Ceramics, Evanston, IL, 1975, 1978, 1980

Museum of Contemporary Crafts (American Craft Museum), New York, NY, 1973

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE, 1969

Group Exhibitions

Standing Room Only: The 60th Scripps Ceramic Annual, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, 2004

21st Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH, 2003

USA Clay, National Museum of American Art, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, DC, 2001

Everson Ceramic National 2000, 30th Ceramic National, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, 2000

Color and Fire: Defining Moments in American Studio Ceramics 1950-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA, CA, 2000

Clay Into Art: Contemporary Ceramics, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, 1998-1999

Yixing International Ceramic Art Invitational Exhibition, Yixing, P.R. China, 1998

Kaolin International Ceramic Art Exhibition, Jiangxi Porcelain Research Institute, Jingdezhen, P.R. China, 1995

New Acquisitions, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan, 1993

Twentieth Century Ceramics Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1992

Fragile Blossoms, Enduring Earth, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, 1989

East-West Contemporary Ceramics, Seoul Olympic Arts Festival, South Korea, 1988

Power Over the Clay, Detroit Institute of Arts, MI, 1988

The Eloquent Object, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK, 1987

27th Ceramic National Exhibition, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, 1987

Craft Today, Poetry of the Physical, American Craft Museum, New York, NY, 1986

American Potters Today, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, 1986

International Ceramics, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan, 1985

13th Chunichi International Exhibition of Ceramics, Nagoya, Japan, 1985

Directions in Contemporary Ceramics, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA, 1984

Ceramic Echoes, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO, 1983

Master Craftsmen ’82, Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, FL 1982

Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA, 1980

8th Chunichi International Exhibition of Ceramic Arts, Nagoya, Japan, 1980

American Craft Museum

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art

Honolulu Academy of Art

Denver Art Museum

Everson Museum of Art

Jingdezhen Museum of Art, P.R. China

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Musee Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland

Museum Het Kruithuis, The Netherlands

National Museum of Modern Art,Tokyo

National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Rochester Memorial Art Gallery

Victoria and Albert Museum, London