Please click on the following link to read Remembering Val Cushing by Wayne Higby. Wayne writes his reflections on working with and being inspired by Val.
|Val Cushing's Studio. Image Credit: Scholes Library Visual Resources|
The following text is excerpted from a letter by Alfred University's President:
"Val earned both his bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees from the School of Art and Design at AU, in 1952 and 1956, respectively. He joined the faculty in the School in September 1957 and stayed for 40 years, retiring at the end of the 1996-97 academic year.
Val, considered one of the foremost contemporary ceramic artists in the United States, created functional pottery and sculptural ceramic vessels using forms, colors, and textures inspired by nature. He was known for his glazes and used clean, simple lines and simplicity to explore the richness of surface in pottery.
Throughout his career, Val gave more than 250 lectures, workshops, and demonstrations around the world. His pottery has been featured in more than 300 exhibitions and numerous one-person shows and is included in many prestigious public and private collections, including the American Craft Museum, New York City; the Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; the Rochester (NY) Memorial Art Gallery; Honolulu Academy of the Arts; Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Cooper/Hewitt, New York City; Renwick Gallery, The Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.; and the Shigaracki Museum of Ceramics, Japan.
He was a founding member and former president of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, as well as a Fellow of the American Craft Council. The American Ceramic Society named him Ceramic Artist of the Year in 1977. He was also the recipient of a State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1981, he was the first recipient of AU’s Distinguished Service Award. He also was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Fulbright grant for teaching and research in Manchester, England, as an artist-in-residence grant at the Archie Bray Foundation, and at the University of Wolverhampton, England.
Our sincere sympathy goes out to Val’s family and friends. His passing is a great loss for our community and the art world."