"You came to me to learn the pleasure of life and the pleasure of art. I am chosen to teach you something much more wonderful, the meaning of sorrow and its beauty."Oscar Wilde -1896
Joseph Paul Gerges' art has been showcased in solo shows in Los Angeles and Atlanta and been exhibited nationally and internationally including the LA Art Show, the Janet Turner Print Museum; Chico, CA, the El Paso Museum of Art; El Paso, TX, Phoenix Art Museum; Phoenix, AZ, San Bernardino County Museum of Art; San Bernardino, CA, and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad; Juarez , MX. Joseph has received numerous awards and honors including an Art Alliance Grant in 2003 and Best of Show honors in 2003 and 2004 at the California Regional Exhibition at the San Diego Art Institute. His work has also been featured in Art Scene, New American Paintings #55 and #67, and in Art & Antiques where he was named an Emerging artist to watch in 2006. In 2010, Joseph’s debut feature film documentary, “Solo”, traveled the festival circuit receiving multiple acclaims including honorable mentions at the George Lindsey UNA film Festival, the Da Vinci Film Festival, and the Columbus International Film Festival.
Joseph graduated from Art Center College of Design with honors in 1997 and received his MFA with a concentration in drawing and painting from California State University, Fullerton, in 2004. He has taught at numerous institutions including Art Center College of Design, Laguna College of Art and Design, California State University Fullerton, and Chapman University. In 2013, Joseph received a teacher of the year award from Irvine Valley College where he is currently a full-time Professor of Drawing and Printmaking.
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