Visiting Artist Val Cushing Comes to Town!

This past spring we had the wonderful pleasure of having Val Cushing give demos as well as individual critiques in the ceramics department.



Val Cushing received his BFA and MFA from the School of Art & Design in the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He taught at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for 1 year before accepting a position at Alfred that would last for 41 years. At various times, he has taught in England, Norway, and Spain. He has taught summer programs at Alfred, Penland, Anderson Ranch, Peters Valley, Haystack and on the island of Maui where he taught for six weeks as the first artist-in-residence at the Hui Noeau. He has given over 250 lectures, workshops, and demonstrations that have taken him all over the United States, to Canada, Ireland, England and Japan. He is a Fellow of the American Craft Council and of NCECA (The National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts) where he was a founding member and a past president. He has received an artist’s grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, a Fulbright grant for teaching and research in Manchester, England, and artist-in-residence grants at the Archie Bray Foundation and at the University of Wolverhampton, England. He now works full-time in his studio in Alfred and continues to exhibit his work and do occasional lectures and workshops.