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BFA Alumni in Ceramics Accepted to Master’s Programs

The department of art and art history recently got news of four recent BFA alumni in ceramics who are currently completing upper-level programs around the United States. 

unglazed ceramic work by Richard Oliver Reed
Richard Oliver Reed, Untitled, 2020, Ceramic, Fiber

Richard Oliver Reed (BFA 2018) is an MFA candidate in ceramics at Illinois State University. Reed completed a post-baccalaureate degree in ceramics at the Indiana University Southeast. His BFA exhibition was at Harrison Galleries in Tuscaloosa in 2018. He had a solo exhibition, Daydreams, at SpaceLab in New Albany, Indiana in 2019; and was included in the juried exhibition, Small Favors, at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. He has also been included in the online exhibitions, Raw, hosted by the University of Montana; and Small Works, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y. In 2018 and 2019, Reed received scholarship/work-study awards from Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. At UA, he was awarded the Farley Moody Galbraith Endowed Scholarship, the Julie Peak Holaday Memorial Endowed Art Scholarship (two years), the Elizabeth Bashinsky Endowed Art Scholarship and the Angelo Granata Endowed Scholarship. Reed was on the President’s List 2014-16 and 2018, and was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Academic Achievement in Studio Art.

Samantha Joslin, "Bits and Pieces," 2019, Ceramic stoneware and cast aluminum, 4 x 5 x 2 inches
Samantha Joslin, “Bits and Pieces,” 2019, ceramic stoneware and cast aluminum, 4 x 5 x 2 inches

Sam Joslin (BFA 2019) is an MFA candidate in sculpture and ceramics at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Joslin completed a post-baccalaureate degree in ceramics at the University of Montana. She received her BFA with a concentration in sculpture and ceramics from UA and won numerous scholarships and awards, including a UA Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity (URCA) grant. She held a solo exhibition at Harrison Galleries in April, 2019..

abstract sculpture
Meg Howton, “Hidden Hair,” 2020, stoneware, porcelain, silicone, fiber, pigmented powder, wood, 5.5 x 4.5 x 4 inches.

Meg Howton (BFA 2015) is an MFA candidate in ceramics in the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University. Her final exhibition will be in April, 2021. Howton said, “While at SIU, I have been able to be a part of educating a new group of young artists in ceramics by teaching beginning ceramics as well as teaching at the intermediate level.” Howton also serves as the acting Visiting Artist Program Coordinator. She completed the ceramics post-baccalaureate degree at the University of Florida in 2018.

Kathryn Bornhoft, "Ripened."
Kathryn Bornhoft, “Ripened,” 2015, 5 feet x 6 x 3 inches, acrylic, ink, varnish on plaster

Kat Bornhoft (BFA 2016) recently presented and passed her MA Capstone Project in Track 2 of the master’s program in art history at The University of Alabama. As part of that program, she completed a museum internship in which she developed an exhibition celebrating the history of Native American art. Bornhoft is also working toward a museum studies certificate. The exhibition, “Matters of Representation,” will open in October of 2021 at the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum in Tuscaloosa.

For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in studio art and art history, visit our Degree Programs page.