Bobby Scroggins

 
 



Bobby Scroggins is an associate professor in the ceramics program at The University of Kentucky.  At a very young age he developed a strong interest in the visual arts and began to develop very special skills as a sculptor and painter. His serious involvement in these two fields resulted in several commissions and sales in numerous mid-western galleries while still in his teens. Scroggins studied sculpture and ceramics at The Kansas City Art Institute where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1976.  While a student there he was commissioned to create The Leon M. Jordan Monument in Kansas City.  This was the first public monument to be erected to an African American leader in the state of Missouri. It was also the first public monument to be constructed by an African American artist in that state.  He received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in the field of sculpture from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1980 where he was a University and Ford Foundation Fellow.  Since then his works have received numerous awards such as first place purchase award in The Atlanta Life Insurance Company's National Black Art Competition.  Scroggins' ceramic vessels and mixed media sculptures have been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States and in parts of Europe. He has also served as Director-at-Large for The National Council on Education for The Ceramic Arts, and has taught in the art department of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts since 1999.  His mediaramic sculptures have been featured in Contemporary Ceramics and The Craft and Art of Clay, by Susan Peterson.  While on the U.K. faculty since 1990 he has continued to create his art, exhibit, and conduct workshops throughout the United States.  Most recently he was invited to be the visiting artist at The Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen, Peoples Republic of China.

 

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT

Bobby Scroggins   was invited to be the visiting artist at The Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen, Peoples Republic of China.