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Stephen Hawks

Stephen Hawks

Stephen Hawks
Visual Arts



Stephen Hawks, born in Washington D. C., has lived most of his life in Georgia. He has  training in art, music, and theater, an AA in theater from South Georgia College, a  BFA from Valdosta State University and an interdisciplinary MFA, with a concentration in Ceramics from Florida State University. He was Resident Potter at Westville living history museum for 19 years and an independent artist for over 30 years. He is married to Nancy Sneed and they have two grown Daughters, Miranda and Mary Catherine.  Currently, he oversees the Ceramics Program in the visual Arts Department at The University of Texas at Brownsville, and teaches Ceramics, Graduate Art Education, Advanced Art History, 3D Design, and Art Appreciation.


Teaching Philosophy:

With the exponential increase in readily accessible information, obscuring intellectual authority, and creating an atmosphere of relativism, I see the cultivation of mutual respect and trust between student and teacher as integrally important to personal and cultural development and a more meaningful existence. I feel a reverential attitude towards learning appropriate for the privilege of gaining and imparting knowledge both for the teacher as mentor, and the student.


Artist Statement:

Art as a discipline cannot simply be set aside from the culture at large, but is the vital active force in all culture which generates life and meaning.

Longer Artist’s Statement:

Stephen Hawks' Statement


MFA, Ceramics/Interdisciplinary, Florida State University
BFA, Visual Arts/Ceramics, Valdosta State University
AA, Theater, South Georgia College

CV/VITAE: Hawks Vitae

Classes Taught:

  • Beginning ceramics, Hand Building
  • Beginning ceramics, Wheel Throwing
  • Advanced Ceramics Hand Building, Wheel Throwing, and Mold Making
  • Beginning Drawing
  • Beginning Painting
  • Intermediate Painting
  • 3D Design
  • Art Appreciation
  • Survey of Western Art History
  • Far East Asian Art History
  • Modern and Contemporary Art History
  • American Art History
  • 19th Century European Art
  • Latin American Art & Architect
  • Mesoamerican, Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture
  • Graduate Art Education Studio
  • Current Topics in Art Education
  • Art Education in Western History
  • Seminar- History of Ceramics
  • Appropriate technology workshops


Joined UTB:


Area of Specialty and Responsibility:

Ceramics, Intermedia/New Media, 3D Design, Art Education and Art History

Previous Experience:

• Carteret Communities College: Art History, Art Appreciation, Painting I &II, instructor (Guest Lecturer), Morehead City NC, 2012
• Coastal Carolina Community College: Introduction to Art, instructor, Jacksonville NC, 2011
• South Georgia College: Introduction to Art, instructor (2 classes) Douglas GA, 2011.
• Florida State University: Guest Lecture- The Face Jug in Southern Folk Pottery Tradition, with a Brief History And Origins:, Tallahassee FL 2008
• Florida State University: Guest Lecture- Goethean and Anthroposophical Color Theory: Carrie Ann Baade’s Color Theory class; 2009
• Lafayette Arts and Craft Center: Adult throwing class: Instructor, Tallahassee FL- 2009
• Florida State University: Teaching  and Technical Assistant- FSU, Tallahassee FL- 2007-2010
• Boy’s Clubs: Wheel throwing, hand building classes: Instructor, Columbus, Ga.-1997
• Adult drawing class, Instructor, Lumpkin, Ga.-1998
• Historic Interpreter/ potter, Historic Westville, Inc.; Lumpkin, GA-1988-2007
• Artist, self employed: pottery, painting, sculpture, basketry-1984- present

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Office Hours - SPRING  2015

Wednesday: 9:00-10:30 and 5:00-6:00
Thursday: 1:00PM-6:00PM
Tuesday:  1:00PM- 4:00PM by appointment
                Office: Rusteberg 130
                Phone  (956) 882-8909
   Fax: (956) 882-6825            


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