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Born in Iceland in 1970 and raised in southwestern Virginia, Joseph Burwell began to study Architecture at Savannah College of Art and Design, but changed his major to Studio Arts and received his bachelors degree at the College of Charleston in 1993. He received his MFA in Sculpture from Tulane University in 1999 and moved to New York City in 2000.

Burwell has taught at Tulane University, Loyola University, Country Day Creative Arts, New Orleans School of GlassWorks & Printmaking Studio, and Penland School of Crafts. He has participated in residencies at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, PS 122 Gallery’s Project Studio Program, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program, and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Studio Immersion Project.

Burwell has exhibited in New York, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Egypt, Canada, South Korea, and many venues across the United States. He is a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists Books. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Joseph Burwell
The Theory of the Breadmaker, 2012
19.25 x 15 inches
Linocut on Saakaar Banana paper

Joseph Burwell: School of the Viking Spaniard Revisited was exhibited at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston in fall 2013.