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Joel ODorisio

Instructor, First Year Program

MFA, Alfred State University School of Ceramics, 1994
BFA, The Ohio State University, 1991

Joel ODorisio's personal website

Teaching Specialization: Glass and installation

Courses Taught
Community Based Service Learning course in conjunction with Family House homeless shelter
A&S 1100 Arts BG
ART 1010 Art Appreciation
ART 1020 Design Studio
ART 1030 Drawing Studio
ART 1120 Media Studio

Areas of Research/Artistic Focus
I use my work to explore cultural tidal zones. I am fascinated with that tiny area where two fundamentally different worlds of nature and man meet, and interact with each other. I combine rough organic textures from trees or stone with smooth machined architectural forms in glass. My sculpture is a quiet metaphor of the interaction of humanity and the natural world.

I also explore my world and my environment through the filtered lens of technology. In more recent work, I capture the transient beauty of a flowing stream and reinterpret it through the use of digital video. The constant chaotic motion of the stream is projected within an installation of trees that have been stripped of bark which are hung from the walls and ceiling. The pure beauty and energy of the stream becomes an artifact. The installation references nature, but in the same way that a stuffed deer honors both the beauty of nature and the dominance of the hunter.

Recent Accomplishments

Permanent Public Collections and Commissions
The Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Irell & Manella, LLP, Century City, CA
Lucent Technologies: Corporate Collection, Distributed Nationally and Internationally
Corning Incorporated, Corning, NY
The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus OH
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Free Masons, PA
Huntington Bank, Columbus, OH
Inter Science Institute, Inglewood, CA
Conservacion Patagonica, Ventura, CA

Museum Exhibitions
Carnegie Center of History and Art, New Albany, IN 2010
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI 2010
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010
Ball State Museum of Art, Muncie, IN, 2009
Museum of American Glass, Milleville, NJ 2007,2003
National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002
Westmoreland Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA 1999
Rochester Museum of Art, Rochester, NY 2005
Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA 2005
Museum of Luminous Phenomenon, Alfred, NY 1992, 1993, 1994, 2005

Selected Grants
Service Learning Community Grant, State, 2009
Ohio Board of Regents, State, 2008
Great Cities Great Service, National, 2008
Mid-West Glass Collectors, Midwest Region, 2007
Ohio Arts Council, State, 1992

Selected Awards
ArtPrize 2010 Grand Rapids, MI, Top 25 Artist, based on 460,000 votes, 2010
91st Annual Toledo Area Artists Show, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, 2nd Place Best of Show, 2009
Northwest Ohio Open Summer Art Show, Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, Bowling Green, OH, 2nd Place Best of Show, 2009
Niche Teacher of the Year nominee, 2008
Niche Top 100 Gallery Finalist, 2005 and 2006
Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA, Best of Show Award, 2002
Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival, Syracuse, NY, Honorable Mention, 2002
Clothesline Festival, Rochester, NY, Best of Show Award, 2001
Niche Award in blown glass design, 2000
Niche Award in cast glass design, 2000


Faculty member at BGSU since 2008