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 will graduate with her MFA in July 2018 from Azusa Pacific University.


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 2016
  • Ceramic Workshop Presenter, Bakersfield Museum of Art 2013 to present
  • Ceramics Instructor- Levan Institute for Life Long Learning, Bakersfield College 2013 to 2015 and 2018-Present
  • 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

  • Group Exhibit, “Shared Vision”, Inland Empire Museum of Art, Upland CA, 2018
  • Solo Exhibition, “Collapse”, Bullock Gallery, Azusa Pacific University, 2017
  • Group Exhibition, “Coalesce”, Exit Gallery, Azusa Pacific University, 2017
  • Rio Bravo Medical, Selected Artist, 4 works on permanent display, Bakersfield 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



  • 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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