Lou Joseph

photo credit: Justin Tsucalas


My most recent body of work, Intervals, is a selection of work produced since the birth of my kid Gabe in 2017. Using recycled vinyl cut to 26 x 36 inch pieces, I work on batches of paintings in my home studio, the process of working on the paintings in layers fit into the times in between child care, family time, employment and housework. This at times erratic process was only exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic and working from home. While not a literal, day-by-day documentation of this time, the accumulated works (approximately 150 paintings to date) relay a sense of the fun, lack of sleep, mental health struggles, worry over the pandemic/the united states/climate change/etc and personal growth during this time.

Lou Joseph is an artist and arts administrator based in Baltimore, Maryland. At BOPA he serves at the Prizes and Competitions Manager, overseeing the Sondheim Art Prize, the MASB Artist Travel Prize and various Artscape projects. Born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1975, he graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BFA in painting in 1998 and received an MFA in printmaking from Indiana University in 2004. He continues an active studio practice, primarily working on painting and long-term collaborative projects. He has shown work at the International Print Center of New York, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, KunstOffice (Berlin), and Biblioteca Centrale Nazionale in Rome. He was Towson University’s inaugural artist in residence for their studio art master’s program and was a resident artist at the Frans Masereel Center in Kasterlee Belgium. Lou has lived in Baltimore since 2008, working as the gallery manager of MICA's exhibitions department before coming to BOPA. He has also curated exhibitions and taught printmaking at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy, and at Muhlenburg College, and been adjunct art faculty at MICA, Drexel University and Loyola University. From 2012 to 2022 he directed the Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore, an artist-run nomadic art space, staging 36 large scale solo artists exhibitions, along with professional practice programming. He lives in North Baltimore with his wife Miriam, child Gabe and cats Goose and Murray.


MFA (Master of Fine Arts), Indiana University
Bloomington, IN, USA   August 2004

BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts), Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, Ohio, USA May 1998

Selected Exhibitions

2024 Intervals, Glen Echo, MD (SOLO): March 30 - April 28, Park View Gallery
2021 Intervals, Baltimore, MD (SOLO): Oct 15 - Dec 4, Current Space
2017 Published by the Artist, New York NY: Sept 22 - Oct 7, International Print Center New York
2016 REAM 2, Philadelphia, PA (DUO): April 14-June 10, Second State Press
A Ray, Chattanooga, TN (DUO): Nov 3-7, Apothecary Gallery
2015 New Prints Summer 2015, New York, NY: June 10-July 3, International Print Center New York
2014   A Cause for Optimism, York, PA: Feb 6 Mar 10, 2014, York Arts Center  
Maspeth's World of Wheels, Long Island City, NY: July 21, 2014, Knockdown Center
2013   REAM, Baltimore, MD (DUO): July 8-21, 2013, Station North Chicken Box
Selfie, Baltimore, MD: June 26 – July 31, 2013, Guest Spot
2012   Search Engine, Baltimore, MD (SOLO): January 10-21, 2012, ICA Baltimore
Selections, Spartanburg, SC: February 17-March 16, 2012, Hub-Bub Showroom Gallery
Erroneous Tome, Baltimore, MD (DUO): August 18-September 12, Current Gallery
I'm Loving it, Brooklyn, NY: November 4, 2012, Mazda 5 Gallery
Method of Exchange, Farmington, ME: October 26 - November 17, 2012, Points North
2011   Compression/Expansion, Baltimore, MD: June 30 - Aug 3, 2011, Gormley Gallery
campcamp, Baltimore, MD: May 30 - June 2, 2011, Transmodern Festival
2010   Tent Cities, Durham, North Carolina (SOLO): September 3 – October 30, 2010, Upfront Gallery
Hope Against Hope, Baltimore, Maryland: October 8 – 15, 2010, Phoenix Shot Tower
2009   Displaced, Chicago, Illinois: March 25 – 31, 2009, A+D Gallery
An Abundance of Forms, Hasselt-Stevoort, Belgium: June 21 – August 29, 2009, Galerie In Vorm
Everybody’s Got (More) Money Issues, Chicago, Illinois: August 10 – December 31, 2009, Mess Hall
Germ Theory, Baltimore, Maryland (SOLO): September 11 – October 3, 2009, School 33 Gallery
2008   Art on Paper 2008, Greensboro, North Carolina: Oct. 19, 2008  – Jan. 25, 2009, Weatherspoon Art Museum
2007   War in Heaven II, Greensboro, North Carolina (DUO): February 14 – March 14, 2007, EUC Art Gallery
2006   War in Heaven I, Bloomington, Indiana (DUO): November 17-30, 2006, Art Hospital
2005   View from Venice: From the Collection of the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, New York; NY January 28 – April 9, 2005; Center for Book Arts
Passaparola, Rome, Italy: May 1-15, 2005; Biblioteca Centrale Nazionale
Accumulation #1 (You know us better than you think), Venice, Italy  (SOLO)

Selected Awards                                                                                                               

2017 Foundation Grant, Baker Family Foundation
2016 Programming Grant, The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation
2013 Artist-in-Residence, Towson University Masters in Studio Arts Program
2013 Free Fall Baltimore Grant, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (MD)
2012 Free Fall Baltimore Grant, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (MD)
2012 Think Big Grant, Station North Arts and Entertainment District (MD)
2008 Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center (VT)
2007-2008 Emerging Artist Grant, Durham Art Council (NC);
2005 First Prize, CityLights Exhibition, Academy of Art, Krakow, Poland
2004-05 Book Arts and Printmaking Fellowship, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy
2005 Merit Scholarship, Ox-Bow Summer School of Art, Saugatauk, Michigan
2005 Work Scholarship, Ox-Bow Summer School of Art, Saugatauk, Michigan

Professional Activities                                                                                                             

2020- Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Prizes and Competitions Manager
2014-2020 Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Visual Arts Specialist
2012-2022 Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore, Director
2013 Artist-in-Residence, Towson University Masters in Studio Arts Program
2012-2014 D center Baltimore, Board Member
2008-2013  Maryland Institute College of Art, Senior Preparator, Exhibitions Department
2008 Frans Masereal Center, Kasterlee, Belgium, artist-in-residence
2008 Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy, artist-in-residence
2005 Atelier Toos Neger, Dordrecht, NL artist-in-residence
2004-05 Scuola Internazionale di Grafica; curating and installing exhibitions in the school’s gallery, managing the school’s residency and visiting artist programs and helping overseas studies students adapt to Venice
2004 Ox-Bow Summer School of Art; artist-in-residence
2003-04 Graduate Employee Organization; steering committee member
2002 Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, IU Summer Program, participant
2000-01 Wexner Center for the Arts; tour guide and volunteer usher
1998-99 Tucson Public Art; assistant, helped plan and execute murals in Tucson, Arizona.

Lectures and Presentations                                                                                                  

2024 Artist Lecture, Towson University, Towson, MD
2024 Visiting Artist, Prinmaking Workshop, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD
2023 Curatorial Lecture, MICA Curatorial Practice MFA program, Baltimore, MD
2023 Juror, MICA’s Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, Baltimore, MD
2022 Guest Critic, Towson University MFA Program, Towson, MD
2022  Artist Lecture, Current Space, Baltimore, MD
2016 Artist Lecture, Apothecary Gallery, Chattanooga, TN
2014 ICA Baltimore, MICA Professional Practices, Baltimore, MD
2013 Guest Critic, MICA General Fine Arts Department, Baltimore, MD
2008 Artist Lecture; Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA
2008 Artist Lecture; New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
2008 Studio Work to Date; New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
2007 Collaborative Processes; Duke University, Durham, NC (undergraduate seminar)
2006 Studio Practice(s); University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC (graduate student seminar)
2005 Accumulation #2; KunstOffice Gallery, Berlin, DE (gallery talk)
2005 Accumulation #1; Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice IT (gallery talk)
2005 Studio Work to Date; Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice IT (slide talk on my work to date, given to Boston University study abroad students)

Teaching Experience

2013 Adjunct Instructor, Screen Printing, Maryland Institute College of Art; Baltimore, Maryland
2009 Adjunct Instructor, Intaglio Printmaking, Maryland Institute College of Art; Baltimore, Maryland
2007-2008 Visiting Artist, Cyanotype, Collaborative Print Methods, Anchor Graphics and New Hampshire Institute of Art; Chicago, IL & Manchester, NH
2006 Adjunct Instructor, Visual Studies Department, Drexel University; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2004-05 Book Arts and Printmaking Fellow, Annual Courses, Study Abroad Programs, Summer Programs, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica; Venice, Italy
2003-04 Associate Instructor, Printmaking, Indiana University, Bloomington; Indiana
2002-03 Associate Instructor, Beginning Drawing, Indiana University; Bloomington, Indiana
2001-02 Graduate Assistant, Printmaking Department, Indiana University; Bloomington, Indiana

Projects, Collaborations, Exchange Portfolios

2021- Real: mail exchange project with Mark Rice
2008- COLOSSUS: mail exchange project with Micah Bornstein
2011-2016 A Ray: Studio collaborative project with John Bohl
2010-2015 Ream: mail exchange project with Mark Rice
2008- COLOSSUS: mail exchange project with Micah Bornstein
2012 High Five: exchange portfolio with 10 international artists
2009 Displaced: exchange portfolio with 21 international artists
2008 Love, Death, Life, Soul: group residency with 6 international artists, in Kasterlee, Belgium, at Frans Masereal Center, to produce a portfolio of prints
2007-2009 Fort Grunt: collaborative studio project with Ben Fisher, Durham, NC
2005 Emission: exchange portfolio with 20 international artists, as part of the Impackt printmaking conference in Berlin, Germany, participant.
2005 De Ja Vu: editioned book, participant.
2004 Home: IU Printmaking Workshop exchange portfolio, organizer and participant
2004 Print: editioned book, participant.
2003 Time: IU Printmaking Workshop exchange portfolio, participant.
2003 Art Building: Off-campus temporary exhibition space, participant.