Jody Joseph is a Dundas-based painter and collage artist, and a long-time instructor at the Dundas Valley School of Art. She also spends several months a year painting and teaching in a medieval hilltown in Umbria, Italy. Joseph’s paintings are of the places and things she loves, in Italy and in Ontario with her “towns” in both countries among her favourite subjects. In fair weather (and foul!) Joseph can often be seen set up on streets, sidewalks and in backyards of Dundas, painting in front of her portable easel.
At DVSA, Joseph teaches painting, experimental drawing and collage. In Italy, she offers 2 & 3 week intensive studio art workshops to emerging and established painters through Jody Joseph Art Workshops, Ltd. (For more, see www.makeartinitaly.com) Over the years, more than 30 of Joseph’s local students have joined other artists from around the world at her Italy workshops.
Joseph’s own work, both paintings from observation, and her collages, have been exhibited widely at shows in Canada, the US and in Italy. Locally, she is represented by Gallery on the Bay in Hamilton. She is also a long-time member of the Carnegie Gallery Board of Directors and has curated several shows at the Gallery including: “Amalgamation” focusing on the urban landscape; “Painters & Potters” which paired local painters and collage artists with potters from the region; and “Made in Italy”, a show of work by local artists who worked with Joseph in Umbria (for images from the show, see: http://www.jodyjosephartworkshops.com/Photos/Pages/Gallery Made In Italy show.html).
Joseph received early art training in her native Chicago, and later at the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy where she studied with renowned painters including Nicolas Carone, Wayne Thiebaud, Andrew Forge, and Jake Berthot. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.