Joe Bova has taught workshops around the globe, including Ghost Ranch. Others are the NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred, University of Georgia’s Cortona Italy Program, Rhode Island School of Design, Penland School of Crafts, Anderson Ranch School, CO, the Archie Bray Foundation, MT, and the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. A Professor Emeritus from LSU and Ohio University, in 2011 he was a Fulbright Fellow in Dublin, Ireland. Recently he has been a Visiting Professor at Florida Atlantic University, and the College of William and Mary, VA. He was invited to Shangyu Ceramic Art Center, China as 2016 Artist in Residence. In 2018 he spent 3 months in New Zealand working at the Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic University.
His ceramics work is widely known for figurative and animal imagery. His abiding influences have been the Moché from Perú, the ancient Etruscans, and Han Chinese ceramics. His 2017 solo exhibition was with Sherrie Gallerie in Columbus, OH. His work is in many public and private collections, including International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary, the National Collection of Ireland, and the Los Angeles County Museum, CA. Joe attended the University of Houston (BFA, 1967) and the University of New Mexico (MA, 1969). Joe lives with his wife, Linda Shafer, in Eldorado at Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
“Animal imagery is the enduring subject of my art, and it is often intertwined with social and political commentary, eroticism, and humor. While I am interested in form and the vitality of expression, decoration, for its own sake, has never interested me. I look to the masterworks of the past for inspiration, particularly the Moche of Peru, Han Chinese, African Art, early Mediterranean ceramics, and lately, the powerful artistry of the Native Americans of the Southwest. ” – Joe Bova from Sherrie Gallerie; http://www.sherriegallerie.com/joe-bova/