ARTWORKS

BIOGRAPHY

Jay Kvapil was born in 1951, lives and works at Long Beach, California.

In 1973, Jay Kvapil received a diploma in Arts and Aesthetics from the University of Pacific. Between 1974 and 1975, Jay Kvapil traveled to Japan where he studied tea ceremony ceramics at Takatori Seizan Pottery on the island of Kyushu in Southern Japan, achieving the rank of Journeyman Potter.

After his return to the United States, Kvapil received his Masters and his MFA from San Jose State University, respectively in 1979 and 1981. In 1982, Kvapil served as Conference Director for the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts Conference in San Jose.

For more than 30 years, Kvapil has been teaching at the California State University, Long Beach as a Professor of Art. He has also served there as Director of the School of Art and as Associate Dean and Interim Dean for it’s Arts college for more than twelve years.
He is currently a Member of the Commission on Accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, where he previously served as Board Member and Treasurer.

Jay Kvapil is a Californian artist whose work has been shown at various prestigious national and international institutions such as the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the Oakland Museum, Scripps College, the San Jose Museum of Art, San Francisco State University and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. Previously he was represented by the Dorothy Weiss Gallery in San Francisco, California and the Joanne Rapp Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is currently represented by Couturier Gallery in Los Angeles, where he has had three solo exhibitions in the past five years.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Born in 1951, lives and works at Long Beach

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Earth & Water, 2-person show with Jasmine Little, Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China, 2018.
Galerie LeFebvre et Fils, Paris, France, 2016
Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2011, 2013, 2015
Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA, 1993
Joanne Rapp Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, 1988
Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1986 and 1984
San Francisco State University, CA, 1986
I Dreamt I Was Furniture, de Saisset Museum, University of Santa Clara, CA, 1986
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, 1982
Elements Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York, NY, 1980

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Next: 3D, Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA, 2017
Salon Art and Design, New York, Galerie Lefebvre et Fils and Galerie du Passage, Paris, 2016
Group Shot, Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2011
Ceramic Sculpture: Contemporary Past, Ancient Future, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1996
Small Wonders, Brand Gallery, Santa Ana, CA, 1995
Ceramics ’93, Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA, 1993
Satellite Exhibition, Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA, 1990
Artists Who Are Educators, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, 1989
Do You Know the Way to San Jose?, Group Exhibition, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, 1988 Professor’s Choice, Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA, 1988
The Architectural Impact, Carr Gallery, Houston, TX, 1988
International Ceramic Invitational, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan, 1985
The Scripps Invitational, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, 1985
Private Domains, Elements Gallery, New York, NY, 1984
New Directions in the New Decorative, University of Missouri, 1984
On and Off the Wall: Shaped and Colored, Oakland Museum, CA, 1983 to 1985,(2-year national tour)
Building, Meyer, Breier, Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1983
Small Spaces, Private Lives, Stella Polaris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 1983
Construction, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CA, 1983
Art and/or Craft, USA and Japan, Kanazawa City, Japan, 1982
The Painted Object, Meyer, Breier, Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1982
Pacific Currents: Ceramics ’82, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, 1982
American Porcelain, The Hand and The Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, 1981
Form and Figure, Bay Area Ceramic Sculpture, California State University, Stanislaus, CA, 1981
Ceramics, Fourteen Artists, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA, 1981
Sixteen Bay Area Ceramists, Gardner Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA, 1981
American Porcelain, New Dimensions in an Ancient Art, Smithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1980 (4-year national & international tour)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Luna, Catalog essay by Christopher Miles, for Galerie Lefebvre et Fils, Paris, 2016
Ceramic Vessels, Vehicles for Color and Texture, Review in Los Angeles Times of Solo Exhibition at Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, 2013 by Leah Ollman
Jay Kvapil, Brilliance, Kathleen Whitney, article and color spread in Ceramics Monthly, Magazine, 2015
Sculpture: Contemporary Past, Ancient Future, Cal State Dominguez Hills, 1996
The Craft and Art of Clay (general ceramics text), Susan Peterson, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, Prentice Hall, 1992
Ceramics Monthly, Review of NCECA Exhibition at Golden West College, 1993
Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Now, juried exhibition at the Downey Museum of Art, 1990
Tableau, review of exhibition at Dorothy Weiss Gallery, Fine Arts Magazine, The Netherlands, December 1986 Taiwan,1985
Jay Kvapil, color photo exposé, review of Domestic Monuments, exhibition at the Dorothy Weiss Gallery, Ceramics Monthly, November 1984
Cultural Kitsch is Capital, review of On and Off the Wall…, exhibition at the Oakland Museum, Miami News, July 1984
Off the Wall Art: It’s Not So Crazy, review, Miami Herald, July 15, 1984
Images in Clay Sculpture, Charlotte Speight, New York, Harper & Row, 1983
On and Off the Wall: Shaped and Colored at the Oakland Museum, review, Images and Issues, January/February 1983
Looking at Art the Way it is Meant to be Seen, review, Oakland Tribune, October 9, 1983
Art and/or Craft: USA and Japan, catalog to the exhibition, Kanazawa, Japan, MRO Publications, 1983
American Craft, Construction, June 1983, p. 68 NCECA: San Jose ’82, book published to accompany the conference, Chamberlain, Bettelheim, Kvapil, San Jose, CA, NCECA Publications, 1982
Neriage and Nerikome at Marcia Rodell, review of exhibition, Ceramics Monthly, January,1982
Porcelain, Traditions and New Visions, Jan Axel and Karen McCready, New York, NY, Watson-Guptil Publications, 1981
American Porcelain, New Expressions in an Ancient Art, Lloyd E. Herman, Forest Grove, Oregon, Timber Press, 1981

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

Dean, Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication, California State University Northridge, 2014-15
Director, School of Art, California State University Long Beach, 2012-13
Interim Dean, College of the Arts, CSULB, 2009-11
Member, The Commission on Accreditation, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 2012-2018
Member of the Board, Council for Long Beach Arts, 2009- 2011
Associate Dean, College of the Arts, California State University Long Beach, 2007-09
Graduate Advisor and NASAD Re-Accreditation Leader Department of Art, CSULB, 2005 to 2007
Department Chair, Department of Art, California State University, Long Beach,1995 to 2005
Professor of Art, California State University, Long Beach, 1997 to present, currently Emeritus
Treasurer and Member of the Executive Committee, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 2006 to 2012
Member of the Board, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 2002 to 2012
Member, Advisory Board for Public Art, Long Beach Public Corporation for the Arts,1998 to 2003
Associate Professor of Art, California State University, Long Beach, 1992 to 1997
Assistant Professor of Art, California State University, Long Beach, 1986 to 1992
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, 1985 to 1986
Conference Director, National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, 1981 to 1982

EDUCATION

San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Master of Fine Arts, Plastic Arts, 1981
Master of Arts, Ceramics, 1979

Takatori Seizan Pottery, Kyushu, Japan, 1975
Study of Tea Ceremony Ware
Achieved the rank of Journeyman Potter

University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, 1969 to 1973
Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Literature, 1973

EXHIBITIONS

2018.03.15 – 2018.04.14
Shanghai, China

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