Jay Kvapil is a California artist whose work has been shown at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; the Oakland Museum; Scripps College; the San Jose Museum of Art; San Francisco State University; the Taipei Fine Arts Museum; and numerous other national and international exhibitions. Formerly represented by the Dorothy Weiss Gallery in San Francisco, the Joanne Rapp Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, he is currently represented by Galerie LeFebvre et Fils, Paris; Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami; and Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles.
Upon finishing undergraduate studies, Jay studied tea ceremony ceramics in Japan at the Takatori Seizan Pottery on the island of Kyushu in Southern Japan in 1974-75. After returning to the United States, he received both his MA and MFA from San Jose State University where he also served as Conference Director for the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts Conference in San Jose, 1982.
Now Professor Emeritus, he served numerous roles at California State University Long Beach over a period of 36 years, including Director of the School of Art, Associate Dean, and Interim Dean for the College of the Arts; and as Dean of the College of Arts, Media, and Communication at CSU Northridge. At the national level, he served as Board Member, Treasurer, and Member of the Commission on Accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
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Artist profile created with the participation of Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami.