Jay Kvapil USA, b. 1951

Jay Kvapil graduated from University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA in 1973, and between 1974 and 1975 studied tea ceremony ware at the Takatori Seizan Pottery in the island of Kyushu in Southern Japan. After returning to the United States, he obtained his MA (1979) and MFA (1981) from San Jose State University, California. Kvapil taught at the University of Hawaii (1984), then moved to California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) in 1986, where he served a variety of roles, including Professor of Art (Ceramics), Director of the School of Art and Interim Dean of the College of the Arts. Recently, he was Dean of the Mike Curb College of Art, Media, and Communications at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) from 2014-2015.