Presently living in Northern New Jersey Joel spent many years immersed within the rocky mountains of Montana and was raised along the coast of New Hampshire. He is equally at home sailing in the salt air, climbing ten thousand foot peaks or navigating the urban environment. He received a BFA in ceramics from Montana State University in 2008 and an MFA from Syracuse University in 2013. Not limited to the confines of the gallery, much of Joel’s work exists in the public sphere, occupying liminal spaces within the postindustrial ruinated urban-scape. Utilizing specificities of context to access more universal ideas, his work is concerned with, memory, identity, authority and place. Truly an interdisciplinary artist his projects span and blend together street art, video, photography, cast iron, digital fabrication and ceramics. As an artist and educator Joel has taught at Oxbow School of Art in Saugatuck Michigan, Syracuse University in upstate New York and currently is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Ramapo College of New Jersey.