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Artist: Joe Page

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The escapist allure of immersive environments drives my work, orienting the viewer  in a place of comfort and curiosity. The vibrant colors, reductive imagery, and illustrated  movements within the “Flow Chart” series of installations are deceptively simple, derivative  of early video games, pinball machines, mass transit maps, and schematic diagrams. Within  this framework, one soon begins to uncover the world's underpinnings: a rules-based  system of sculptural parameters, compositional logic, and spatial relationships. 

The materials in the work and the imagery conjured with them are somewhat of a  paradoxical anachronism. The creative process is entirely analog and object- based, but the  finished work requires a particular knowledge of early digital culture on the part of the  viewer. This relationship between subject and methodology strikes me most during the  installation process. After arriving in a new space, every element is unboxed and  unwrapped, then laid flat on the ground in groups. Innumerable narrative variations can be  constructed from this limited system, or “kit” of elements. 

Essentially, everything in my “kit” is either a bubble or something modeled after that  shape. The slip-cast porcelain bubbles are finished to remove overt traces of the hand,  leaving an ambiguous, sterile, and modular impression. Located independently of any  particular context, there is no sense of scale or purpose; a bubble can be molecular or  planetary. The convex language of the bubble transfers to everything in flux, whether it’s  the sculptural foam forms in three-dimensional space or the outlines of the impossibly flat  vinyl colors traversing the walls and floor. Clouds, mountains, waterfalls, wind currents, rays  of light, and the growth of vegetation all fall within the same values dictated by this endlessly  insistent, possibly authoritarian, repetition. The reductive simplicity of these environments is  at once comforting and cloying, sincere and cynical. 



Born in Northbrook, IL, Joe received his MFA from the New York State College of  Ceramics at Alfred University in 2008 and his BA from Knox College in 2003. He taught at  Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA from 2009-2014. Last year, he moved back to Illinois  where he is now an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Southern Illinois University  Edwardsville.


2008 Master of Fine Arts, Ceramic Art, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred  University, Alfred, NY 

2003 Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art and Anthropology, Knox College, Galesburg, IL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

2014-Present Assistant Professor of Art, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 2009-2014 Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA SOLO AND TWO-PERSON



2019 Flow Chart: Shift, Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin -  Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI 

2018 Flow Chart: Overrun, River Campus Art Gallery, Southeast Missouri State  University, Cape Girardeau, MO 

Flow Chart: Pathway, McGlothlin Center for the Arts Gallery, Emory & Henry  College, Emory, VA 

Flow Chart: Cavern, Carroll Gallery, Marshall University, Huntington, WV 

2017 Post Digital Landscapes: Casey McDonough and Joe Page, Pacific Northwest  College of Art, Portland, OR 

2015 Joe Mohan and Joe Page: 2x03, The Box Gallery, Knox College, Galesburg, IL Flow Chart: Transpirate, Ohio State University - Mansfield, Mansfield, OH 

Flow Chart: Fissure, The Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL 

2014 Flow Chart: Diffusion, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande,  OR 

Flow Chart: Torrent, Method Gallery, Seattle, WA 

Flow Chart: Surge, Anchor Art Space, Anacortes, WA 

Flow Chart: Drift, Gage Family Gallery, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN 

2011 Flow Chart: Subterranean, Thomas Hunter Project Space, Hunter College,  New York, NY 

2010 Flow Chart: Elevation, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA 2009 Flow Chart: Corridor, Lachaise Gallery, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA 

2008 Flow Chart: MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, NYSCC at Alfred  University, Alfred, NY

2004 Joe Page: Post-Baccalaureate Exhibition, Center for Fine Arts, Knox  College, Galesburg, IL 

2003 The Sublime and Mundane: BA Thesis Exhibition, Center for Fine Arts, Knox  College, Galesburg, IL 



2018 Merge, Surplus Gallery, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL Structures of Atmosphere, (Curator/Participant), NCECA Annual Conference,  Pittsburgh, PA 

Spring Invitational, Pocosin Arts, Columbia, NC 

2017 2017 Teabowl National, KC Clay Guild, Kansas City, MO 

Slurp! Honoring the Ramen Bowl, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO 

Faculty Exhibition, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL Last Call II, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN 

Twin Cups National, Midwestern State University, Saint Joseph, MO 

Tea Time: An Exploration of Contemporary Teapots, Edwardsville Arts Center,  Edwardsville, IL 

2016 Accessibility by Design, Vulpes Bastille, Kansas City, MO 

Cup: The Intimate Object XII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC 

Invitational Exhibition, McNamee Gallery, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO Level Up: The Art of Geek Culture, Edwardsville Arts Center, Edwardsville, IL Lineage: 41 Years at SIUE, Morton Ballroom, Kansas City, MO 

2015 Faculty Exhibition, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL Cloud Sourcing, Eutectic Ceramic Gallery, Portland, OR 

2014 Artists in Conversation: The Post-Digital Landscape (co-Curator/Participant),  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 

The Clay Studio National, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA 

Immersive Stages (Curator/Participant), Pritzlaff Event Space, NCECA Annual  Conference, Milwaukee, WI 

2013 Out of the Blue, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT  3rd Annual Workhouse Clay National 2013, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA Chromatic Schematics (Curator/Participant), Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine  Arts Houston, NCECA Annual Conference, Houston, TX 

Chromatic Schematics (Curator/Participant), Cohen Gallery, NYSCC at Alfred  University, Alfred, NY 

Two by Two: Small-Scale Ceramic Sculpture Biennial, EWU Gallery of Art,  Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA 

Kolva-Sullivan Ceramic Collection, MOA Gallery, Washington State University,  Pullman, WA 

Object Object!, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA 

6th Annual Juried Show, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA

2012 Wastelands and Candylands: 3rd Palomar College Boehm Gallery Ceramics  Biennial, Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA 

Kolva-Sullivan Ceramic Collection, Washington State Convention Center, NCECA  Annual Conference, Seattle, WA 

2011 Currents 2011: Influenced by Place, Focus Gallery, University of Florida,  Gainesville, FL 

Travel Size: A Ceramic Visit With artaxis.org, Southwestern College Gallery  Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA 

Slip Cast: More Than a Mold, Baum Gallery of Art, University of Central Arkansas,  Conway, AR 

Land + Scape, Schacht Gallery, Saratoga Clay Arts Center, Schuylerville, NY Two by Two: Small-Scale Ceramic Sculpture Biennial, EWU Gallery of Art,  Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA 

2010 Clay? III, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA 

Red Heat: Contemporary Work in Clay, University of Tulsa School of Art, Tulsa, OK 

2009 Beyond the Brickyard: First Annual Juried Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation for  the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT 

Project Space, Phoenix Convention Center, NCECA EXPO, Phoenix, AZ 

Articulations: Recent Works by Whitman Studio Art Faculty, Sheehan Gallery,  Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA 

2008 Alfred International, 2008 MFA Exhibition in Beijing, Central Academy of Fine  Arts, Beijing, China 

Cast: Sculpture, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA 

Fifth Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay  Studio, Philadelphia, PA 

In Progress: Alfred Graduate Ceramics Exhibition, 622 2nd Ave, NCECA, Annual Conference, Pittsburg, PA 

2007 SUNY Student Art Exhibition, State University Plaza Gallery, Albany, NY Fourth Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay  Studio, Philadelphia, PA 

13 x 13: Graduate Work, Wellsville Arts Center, Wellsville, NY 

2005 Special Student Exhibition, Robert Turner Student Gallery, New York State  College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY 



2018 Gallery Talk, SouthEast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO Visiting Artist Lecture, SouthEast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO Visiting Artist Lecture, Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA 

Visiting Artist Lecture, Marshall University, Huntington, WV

2016 Visiting Artist Lecture, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO 

2015 Visiting Artist Lecture, Knox College, Galesburg, IL 

Visiting Artist Lecture, Ohio State - Mansfield, Mansfield, OH 

Electric Kiln Ceramics, Richard Zakin and Frederick Bartolovic, The American  Ceramic Society, 2015. 

2014 Visiting Artist Lecture, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR Visiting Artist Lecture, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN 

365 Artists/365 Days, http://365artists365days.com/2014/04/29/joe-page-walla walla-washington/ 

Gallery Talk, Method Gallery, Seattle, WA 

Gallery Talk, Anchor Art Space, Anacortes, WA 

Gallery Talk, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 

2013 Joe Page: A Place of Comfort and Curiosity, Ceramics Monthly, Jan 2013 New Modern, Old Problem, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Issue 93, 2013. Honorable Mention, Santo Foundation Individual Artist Awards 

2012 Tinted: Ceramics in a Colorful Context (Curator), Sheehan Gallery, Whitman  College, Walla Walla, WA 

2011 Visiting Artist Workshop and Lecture, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR 

2010 ReMapping: The Expanding Landscape of Ceramics (Curator), Sheehan Gallery,  Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA 

2009 Visiting Artist Lecture, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA accessCeramics.org (juried artist database), www.accessceramics.org 

2009 Emerging Artist, Ceramics Monthly, May 2009 

500 Ceramic Sculptures, Glen Brown, Lark Books  

2008 Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN artaxis.org (member-juried artist database), www.artaxis.org 

MFA Thesis: Flow Chart, Masters Diss, NYSCC at Alfred University, Alfred, NY The MFA Factor Vol 2, Ceramics Monthly, Jan 2008 

MFA Gloryhole Collection, Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art,  Alfred, NY 

Graduate Fellowship, NYSCC at Alfred University, Alfred, NY


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