Peter with Paws, wood fired ceramic
Peter with Paws, detail, wood fired ceramic
Monkey Cup, ceramic
Joe Bova was born in 1941 in Houston, Texas and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After the Air Force (1960-1964), he was educated at the University of Houston (BFA, 1967) and the University of New Mexico (MA, 1969). His work in ceramics using animal imagery was first inspired by the realities of hunting and fishing trips, and later by their power as symbols, surrogates and totems.
A past president and a Fellow of NCECA Bova was awarded the NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006. Other awards include the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Fellowship, 1980, an SAF/NEA Fellowship, 1985, several university sabbatical awards, and a fellowship to the International Ceramics Studio (ICS) in Kecskemet, Hungary, 2004. The International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, elected him a member in 2005.
Bova’s work and teaching has led to extensive travels through Latin America, Europe and China. In 2008 he returned to the ICS in Hungary and again in 2010. He received a Fulbright Award for 2011 to the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland.