Art Gallery Off the Square 206 West Vine Street, Vienna, IL
artwork by Joseph Emery
I usually work in series delving into various themes and images. One reoccurring theme I use deals with the physical individual and their inner soul. This series is where I started incorporating boxes within my pieces. My artwork has developed into mixed media pieces that incorporates parts I design and make myself and adding found objects to complete the artwork. I have also begun designing and working on my cast bronze bells again that also incorporate found objects.
Looking at most of my art work, I would classify myself as a narrative artist. When designing and constructing my art, I have a concept of what I am trying to say with the images within the artwork. I also work a lot with boxes included within my two and three dimensional art.
I currently work out of my studio in Vienna, Illinois. The studio is the back half of the building which also houses the Art Gallery Off the Square and art classroom. I have had my art work shown in galleries, museums, juried shows, invitational, group and solo shows. My art work is in private, gallery, universities, and municipal art collections. Beside producing artwork for myself, I have completed commissions for universities, art centers and private collectors.
Joseph Emery was born and lived in Marion, Indiana until he moved to Martin, Tennessee during his junior year in high school. His artistic interest started at a young age with the encouragement of his parents. Joseph’s artwork in metal casting is partially the result of visiting his father at the foundry where he worked as a metallurgical engineer.
Joseph received a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a major in Sculpture and a minor in Art History from the University of Tennessee, Masters of Art in Sculpture with a minor in design materials from Murray State University and Educational Specialist with a concentration in Instructional Leadership from NOVA Southeastern University. Joseph has taught art for over 40 years in junior high, high school, college level programs. Joseph has conducted and given numerous presentations and workshops. Along with his teaching responsibilities Joseph has always maintained his art studio. His current 3,000 square foot studio allows ample space for his multi media artwork.
Running from the Vortex (family dream series) wood, ceramic baby, string, paint, screws
Inside gallery window looking into the studio area.