Peter Voulkos Catalogue
Peter Voulkos
Chronology
1924
Born as Panagiotis Harry Voulkos, the third of five children to Greek immigrant parents Aristovoulos I. Voulkopoulos (Harry John Voulkos) and Effrosyni (Efrosine) Peter Voulalas.
 
1942
Graduates from Gallatin County High School, Bozeman, Montana.
 
1942-1943
Works as a molder apprentice at Western Foundry Company, Portland, Oregon.
 
1943-1946
Drafted into the United States Army in September 1943.
 
1946
Enrolls at Montana State College (now Montana State University), Bozeman, Montana. Studies paiting, printmaking, painting and pottery.
 
1949
Wins first prize in pottery at the Montana State Fair, Great Falls, Montana.
 
1950
United States Potters Association Prize, 15th National Ceramic Exhibition, Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, New York, New York.
 
1951
Enrolls at California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California. Studies ceramics and sculpture.
 
Meets Archie Bray, Sr., the owner of Western Clay Monufacturing Company, a Helena brick-making firm.
 
1952
Marries Margaret (Peggy) Cone.
 
Receives Masters of Fine Arts degree.
 
First commercial gallery exhibition at Gump's Gallery, San Francisco, California.
 
1952-1954
Teaches at the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana.
 
1953
Abraham and Straus General Award, Designer Crafsmen USA, Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York.
 
Earns national recognition for stoneware techniques, glazes and decorative brushwork.
 
Teaches a summer ceramics session at Black Mountain College, Ashville, North Carolina.
 
While staying in New York, frequents the Eighth-Street Club and Artists Club, Cedar Street Tavern known as a meeting place for abstract expressionist painters.
 
1954
First solo exhibition in New York.
 
1954-1959
Teaches at the Los Angeles County Art Institute, Los Angeles, California.
 
1955
Gold Medal, International Exposition of Ceramics, Palais Miramar, Cannes, France.
 
1958-1959
Teaches at the University of Montana, Missoula, Montana.
 
1959
Silver Medal, 2nd International Congress of Contemporary Ceramics, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ostend, Belgium.

Purchase Award, Artists of Los Angeles and Vicinity, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California.

Rodin Museum Prize, First Paris Biennale, Musee d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France.
 
1959-1985
Teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, California.
 
1960-1962
Teaches at Greenwich House Pottery, New York Teachers' College, Columbia University, New York, New York.
 
1962
Receives first bronze sculpture commission from Tishman Realty Company, San Francisco, California. The eighteen-feet tall Cascade is installed in the foyer of a building on Nob Hill.
 
1963
Ford Foundation Purchase Award, 82nd Annual Exhibition of the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California.
 
1964
Teaches at Greenwich House Pottery, New York Teachers' College, Columbia University, New York, New York.
 
1967
Commission Award, San Francisco Hall of Justice Competition, San Francisco, California.
 
1968
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana.
 
1971
Fellowship Grant, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, New York, New York.
 
1972
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Califonia College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California.

Honorary Member of the Council, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.
 
1975
Member, Academy of Fellows, American Craft Council, New York, New York.

Member, Advisory Screening Committee in Art and Art History, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Fulbright Committee, Washington, D.C.
 
1976
Senior Artists Fellowship Award, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
 
1978
Craftsman's Fellowship Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
 
Begins to experiement with wood firing technique, subsequently exhibiting wood-fired plates in 1979 at Exhibit A, Chicago, Illinois.
 
1979
Award of Honor for Outstanding Contributions to the Visual Arts, California State Fair and Exposition, Sacramento, California.
 
1980
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Otis Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, California.

Citation for Distinguished Contributions to the Visual Arts, National Association of Schools of Art.
 
1981
Award of Honor for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Art, San Francisco Art Commission, San Francisco, California.
 
1982
Creative Arts Award for Sculpture, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.

Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, Sa Francisco, CA
 
1984
Guggenheim Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York, New York.
 
1985
Montana Governor's Award for the Arts, Helena, Montana.
 
1986
Gold Medal, American Crafts Council, New York, New York.

Visual Artists Fellowship Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
 
1992
Louise Nevelson Award in Art, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, New York.
 
1993
Receives distinguished alumni award from Montana State University.
 
1994
Medal in Recognition of Contributions to American Ceramics, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York.
 
1997
Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement, College Art Association.

Ceramic Lifetime Achievement of the Year Award, Friends of Contemporary Ceramics.

NCECA Award for Teaching Excellence, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

Masters of the Medium Award, James Renwick Alliance.
 
1998
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Kansas.

Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Alfred University, Alfred, New York.
 
2000
National Artist Award, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado.
 
2001
Member, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, New York.
 
2002
Visionarie! Award, American Craft Museum, New York, New York
 
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