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Morehead State honors Professor Yungbluth

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An art exhibition memorialized the death of a Morehead State ceramics professor.

The life of Adam Yungbluth, a visiting professor of ceramics who died on June 12 at 39-years-old, was celebrated through an exhibition at the 2021 Annual Art and Design Faculty Exhibition including over 200 pieces of his artwork gathered by his wife, Melissa Yungbluth.

“Adam was prolific, and in my biased opinion, a great maker of ceramics,” said Yungbluth, a Morehead State art professor and gallery director, in an MSU news release. “I have a lot of his work remaining and the hope is for people to come to the gallery, leave a memory of time with Adam and take a piece of two home with them.”

Many former students came together to commemorate Yungbluth on August 25, as he had inspired their lives both in the classroom and beyond.

“He was a big impact,” said Sam Neal, a former student of Yungbluth. “Every single faculty member that works in this program is such a vital important piece. This building and this faculty in particular has such an immense weight on the students that take classes here.”

Through his five years at MSU, Yungbluth not only taught his students how to make ceramics, but he encouraged the use of them in everyday life as he let students drink coffee from his mugs and had potlucks for finals.

“The main thing I want people to remember is how cool that guy was, and we’d never measure up to that,” said Neal.

Neal described Yungbluth’s work as rugged in the best way.

“It’s so true to this area,” said Neal. “Just the way he incorporated landscapes and structures like fences and silos and barns into his work is just really cool.”

Yungbluth impacted others with not only his work but his character. He will be remembered by his accomplishments, but also by the way he touched the lives of others.

“Anytime I had a dumb idea he’d let me run with it and figure it out,” said Abby Caines, another former student. “He had such a great sense of humor.”

The exhibition is displayed within a memorial room dedicated to Yungbluth at the Golding-Yang Art Gallery until September 17.