- MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Steven Thurston received his BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. After two years as a Visiting Artist at The Ohio State University, he was hired as an assistant professor in 1996. Prior to teaching at The Ohio State University, Professor Thurston held several Artist-in-Residence positions, most notably, The Alternative Works site at Bemis in Omaha, Nebraska. He also had the great opportunity to work for General Motors in the Design Department as a Clay Modeler. Professor Thurston has received numerous awards for his research, including the prestigious Pollack-Krasner Fellowship, a NEA Fellowship, and a 1996 and 1999 Ohio Arts Council Individual Fellowship, as well as a 1996 Greater Columbus Arts Council's Individual Fellowship. He has exhibited nationally and lectured on his work and the direction the field of ceramics is heading.