Director and Chief Curator, Alfred Ceramic Art Museum
Wayne Higby is an internationally renowned ceramic artist whose work is held in the permanent collections of numerous art museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and the National Art Museum of China. In addition to being the Director and Chief Curator of the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, he is a professor and the Robert C. Turner Chair of Ceramic Art at Alfred University. Higby is a member of honor of the United States National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), a Life Trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Vice President Emeritus of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, Switzerland and an honorary citizen of the “Porcelain City” of Jingdezhen, China. In 2014 the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. presented a retrospective of Higby’s work accompanied by the book Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby.
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Susan Kowalczyk is responsible for all aspects involving the museum’s collection including care and preservation, documentation, handling and movement, photography, loans and public interface. Susan was hired through a national search as the first registrar of the museum in 1996. During her tenure she has worn many hats and has facilitated or curated 36 exhibitions, produced 25 Ceramophile newsletters and three museum catalogs. She has held positions at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York and the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma. Her education includes a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and an MFA from Wichita State University. She has taught ceramics, design and foundations courses at the university level, managed a community ceramics studio and maintained a home studio and business. Her own work has been exhibited nationally.
Bill Giese accepted the position as Operations and Programs Manager at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum in 2019. Prior, he was the Museum Associate at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum. Bill studied fine art at The College at Brockport State University of New York where he graduated with his BFA concentrating in sculpture. He moved back to Hornell after graduating from Brockport and currently resides there with his family where he continues to make, experiment and grow as an artist.
Taussen Brewer is an artist living and working in Alfred, NY. She was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Taussen received her BFA from Alfred University in 2020 with an emphasis in Ceramic Art. While enrolled at Alfred University she worked at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum in a student position, which included working with the permanent collection. She is the recipient of several awards including the Lisa Elwell Ceramic Artist Endowed Encouragement Award and is currently an Artist in Residence at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center.
Emily Parker is a ceramicist from Southern Oklahoma. She graduated cum laude with a degree in Applied Design and a minor in Art History in 2019 from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. Emily discovered her passion for ceramics her last year at UALR when working with Kensuke Yamada as his studio assistant. Later she did a post-bac with Pattie Chalmers at the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. In 2020 Emily moved to Alfred Station to pursue a residency at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center and to become immersed in the historic and legendary ceramic arts at Alfred.