onthewheelYvonne Cavanagh is a professional artist and ceramic instructor at Bakersfield High School where she has taught for 14 years. A native of Kern County, Yvonne earned a BA in art with an emphasis in ceramics from San Francisco State University in 2003 and an MA in education from the University of La Verne in 2010. Cavanagh co-owned Surface Gallery from 2008-2010 where she represented nationally-emerging artists.  In 2011, she was awarded a Beautiful Bakersfield Award by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce in the Arts Individual category for her outstanding contributions to the Kern County art community. Yvonne is currently a student in the MFA program at Azusa Pacific University. She will graduate with her MFA in July 2018.


Yvonne Cavanagh


MFA – Azusa Pacific University , In Progress- 2018
MA-Education, University of La Verne, 2009
Single Subject Credential-Art, University of La Verne, 2004
BA-Art, San Francisco State University, 2002

Teaching and Professional Experience

  • Ceramics/Art Instructor, Bakersfield High School 2003 to present
  • Visual Arts Department Chair Bakersfield High School 2007 to present
  • Ceramic Workshop Presenter, Bakersfield Museum of Art 2013 to present
  • Ceramics Instructor- Levan Institute for Life Long Learning, Bakersfield College 2013 to 2015
  • Workshop presenter, Mendocino Art Center, Summer 2015
  • Conference Chair for the CAEA (California Art Education Association) State Conference 2011 Bakersfield CA
  • Co-Owner/Manager, Surface Gallery, Bakersfield CA 2008 to 2010

Notable Professional Art Experience

  • Rio Bravo Medical, Selected Artist, 4 works on permanent display, CA 2017
  • Group Exhibit, Breath of Fresh Air, Metro Galleries, Bakersfield CA 2016
  • Group Exhibit, Latination, Metro Galleries, Bakersfield CA 2016
  • Participating Artist-“If Picasso Went to the Zoo”, children’s book, 2015
  • Group Exhibit, Curator,“Resolution”, Los Angeles CA 2016
  • Group Exhibit, “Home” Wire and Pearl, Bakersfield CA 2015
  • Solo Exhibit, “Water” Wire and Pearl, Bakersfield CA 2014
  • Exhibiting Artist “CA101” , Redondo Beach CA 2014
  • Small Works Juried Exhibit, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield CA 2013
  • Solo Exhibit,“Pieces” The Foundry, Bakersfield CA 2013
  • Solo Exhibit, “In Stitches” Valentien, Bakersfield CA 2012
  • Group Exhibit, “ConTextual” Arts Council of Kern, Bakersfield CA 2011
  • 4 Murals, Alicante Elementary School, Lamont CA, 2009



  • Kern County Teacher of the Year Nominee, 2015
  • Beautiful Bakersfield Award Winner, Arts Individual Category presented by the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, 2011
  • California Art Education Association- Douc Langur Award, 2011

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