Art Faculty - Bill Forst

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Meet Bill Forst

Bill ForstBill attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, majoring in Ceramics. He graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He moved to Kansas in 1986 to attend Wichita State University. Receiving the Clayton Staples Full Tuition Scholarship, he graduated in 1988 with a Masters of Fine Arts, majoring in ceramics.   

Bill has been teaching art since 1988. He has taught at Hutchinson Community College, Sterling College and Barton County Community College. From 1994–1999, he was the Art Department Chairman at Sterling College. Starting as an adjunct faculty member, he moved through the academic ranks of Assistant Professor of Art and became an Associate Professor of Art during his tenure at Sterling College. In 1997, he received the William McCreery teacher of the year award from Sterling College. In 1999, he became an Art Instructor at Barton County Community College, teaching ceramics, design and art history. He was also the Director of the L.E. “Gus” and Eva Shafer Memorial Art Gallery from 1999 - 2007. Bill has served a three-year term on the Exhibits USA Advisory Council, and in October 2004, he completed the Certificate of Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts from the University of California, Irvine. 

“I love what I do,” says Forst. “My life is saturated with art. My wife is an artist and a retired high school art teacher. I have a job that immerses me in art every day, and I have a great clay studio.” He is a studio potter with a passion for making functional and decorative objects from clay. "I enjoy making cups and bowls for use. The handmade object, when put to use in the daily ritual of eating and drinking, enhances the experience of both. I find great satisfaction in making objects that become a part of the lives of the people who use them," he says. Bill also says that, "The history of many great cultures is written in ceramics, and in a small way, I have, and will continue to leave my mark on the culture I live in through the objects I make as well as the students I influence."


Tall Crystal Vase

October, 2004
University of California, Irvine
Certificate of Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts

December, 1988
The Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
Masters of Fine Arts Degree

May, 1986
The Cleveland Institute of Art
Cleveland, Ohio
Bachelor of Fine Art Degree