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  • Installation shot of work at WPCA exhibition includes mixed media assemblage boxes and mixed media (intaglio/collage/drawing)

Josie Osborne

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artist bio

Josie Osborne is a visual artist, Lecturer and Director of the First Year Program in Art and Design at UW-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts. She serves on the City of Milwaukee Arts Board and has received Mary Nohl Suitcase Fund support for two traveling exhibitions. She has curated and co-curated exhibitions at UWM�s Inova Gallery, at MIAD�s Layton Gallery and at Walker�s Point Center for the Arts. She also leads artist professional development workshops annually for MARN and has served as a MARN mentor. Osborne received her Master of Fine Arts in Graphics (printmaking) from the University of Wisconsin � Madison and her BFA from UW-Milwaukee.

Select exhibitions include: In the Balance, (Walkers Point Center for the Arts), Thread (invitational at UNC-Charlotte); 5IVE (traveling exhibition: Walkers Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee and Flagler College Carrera Gallery, Florida); Art Chicago (Hotcakes Gallery); Art Basel Miami (Hotcakes Gallery); Things Avian and Architectural (solo exhibition at Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts); Proscenium (solo exhibition at Wisconsin Academy of Science, Letters and the Arts), Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors Biennial, A Decade of Wisconsin Art (invitational, James Wattrous Gallery, Madison Overture Center), Diabolique (curated by Fred Stonehouse); UWM and MIAD Faculty Exhibitions. Osborne�s work has also been reproduced in literary journals and professional magazines, including The Cream City Review and the Madison Review.

artist statement

Solace and quiet contemplation provide an antidote or balance to our busy daily lives. We must seek out a balance between fast paced lives and that rich interior life that brings together memory, imagination and a more poetic understanding of our experiences.
In my assemblage pieces and collages the elements used and the organization or treatment of space references dreams, architecture, and modernist language of color, simplicity, and mark making. They place the necessary openness to intangible experiences in parallel to that which we physically experience in the world.