Assistant Professor, Head of Printmaking
MFA University of Wisconsin
Joseph Velasquez was born in Texas and raised in California. Following his military service he earned his BFA from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, Belton, Texas then he earned both an MA and MFA in Printmaking at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and. He is the co-creator of a mobile printmaking studio, Drive By Press, that has travelled over 200,000 miles across the country and has been to 145 Universities where he has lectured and demonstrated printmaking practices.
Joseph’s work has focuses on community outreach, education and activism. He is a National Endowment for the Arts recipient: Funded through The John Michael Kohler Arts Center for a Community Arts Project and residency.
As an Assistant Professor of Art at Florida Atlantic University he teaches Bookmaking, Screenprinting, Relief, and Intaglio.
Velasquez’s work has been exhibited at numerous national and international venues, notably "Air Land Seed” and “Epicentro: Re Tracing the Plains” curated by Nancy Marie Mithlo on the occasion of the Venice Biennale 54th and 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy; South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa; The Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Doujiao Museum of Art, Songhuang Art Village, Beijing China; and a highlight for him as Artist and Curator, Crossing State Lines: A Survey of American Printmakers, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK. Exhibition of prints from American artists Velasquez met on his mobile printmaking tour.