Joe Bova

Joe Bova

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Emeritus professor of art receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar award

Joe Bova to teach art students in Ireland this winter


Ohio University Professor Emeritus of Art Joe Bova has received the 2010-11 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to teach and work in Dublin, Ireland, at the National College of Art and Design.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals to more than 125 countries each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Bova will begin his three-month term in January and has tentative plans to extend his stay in Europe once his teaching and projects are finished in Dublin. His Fulbright-sponsored work in Dublin will include teaching a small group of graduate students, working with them both as a group and individually.

"I will work with my students, critique and meet with them for a few days each week, and the rest of my time will be my research in the creative world," Bova said.

This creative work will consist of research, creative writing, drama, and creating an exhibition that will be mounted in the National College of Art and Design's gallery. As an artist, he plans to make a figurative sculpture relatively similar to ones he has created in the past, combining aspects of an animal and a human in his work.

"My methodology is very traditional. I do a lot of thumbnail sketching and drawing until I kind of work up what I want to make," Bova said. "I create a back-log in my head on imagery and forms I want to create."

Bova taught at Ohio University in the School of Art from 1990-2007 and was director of the school from 1990 to 1997. He is an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and is the executive director of the USA Assembly of IAC.

In 2006, he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, for which he has served as a member of its board of directors, president, and elected fellow.

Bova began early retirement in 2004, but returned for the 2006-07 academic year when he was asked to be the interim director of the School of Art. He resides in Santa Fe, N.M., with his wife, Linda, but still does development work for the School of Art.