Professor Emeritus of Ceramics, Anna Calluori Holcombe arrived at the University of Florida in July 2007 to serve as the Director and a Professor of the School of Art and Art History. \She graduated cum laude with a BA in art education from Montclair State University in 1974. She received her MFA in ceramics from Louisiana State University in 1977. Teaching in higher education since 1978, her first position was at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington. After five years she taught and ran the gallery at State University of New York College at Brockport. In 1994, she was appointed Head of the Art Department at Kansas State University and served in that position for 6 years. After that she went back to teaching in the Ceramics program there until coming to UF, where after 3 years as director she returned to teaching once again. In the fall of 2013, Calluori Holcombe taught at Anadolu University in Turkey as a Fulbright Scholar. Calluori Hocombe retired from the University of Florida in December 2021.
Calluori Holcombe exhibits on a national and international level, having work in shows in Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, South Korea, China and Australia. Most notable of her exhibition awards is the Gold Medal for the 46th International Exhibition of Ceramic Arts, Faenza, Italy in 1989. She has been artist in residence in the US, France, Hungary and China.
In 1997, she was honored as a Fellow of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) for her accomplishments as President. She is an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) since 2002. She recently presented and exhibited at the IAC Assembly at New Taipei City, Taiwan. http://aa.ufl.edu/awards/highly-prestigious-external-awards/prestigious-foreign-societies-or-academies/
Her research project on European Porcelain, funded by a Faculty Enhancement Opportunity grant, was recent publish in Ceramics Technical, an international journal. She completed her FEO travel with a trip to Australia where she is a visiting artist in residence at Australia National University for a month.
Calluori Holcombe has been working in porcelain, using the 3D rapid prototype models created in the Art and Architecture Fabrication Lab and has received a good deal of professional attention for this ground breaking work, presenting at the last National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts conference in Pittsburgh.
A regular visitor to China, 13 times in the past 18 years, she is a Chutain Scholar of Hubie Province, Wuhan Textile University. This past Ocotber she attended the 60th Anniversary Celebration of the university, and brought 25 ceramic tiles from UF made by faculty and grad students there for an exchange exhibition.