Joseph Ostraff

Joseph Ostraff, a native of Southern California, has been a resident of Utah since 1986. After graduating from Laguna Beach High School in California, Joseph attended Brigham Young University, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in painting. After his BYU experience Joseph married Melinda Weston and moved to Seattle, where he attended graduate school at the University of Washington, receiving a Master of Fine Arts Degree in painting. Since then he has done everything from lumberjacking in Idaho, sweeping floors in a department store, selling his paintings on the streets of Seattle for gas money, and building a house on the Kitsap Peninsula- to traveling the South Pacific on funds collected from art commissions, exhibiting nationally and internationally, and most recently making a documentary film on the traditional art of Tapa cloth-making in Tonga. Joseph has also taught in the public school system for seven years and is currently an assistant professor of art at Brigham Young University.


2016          The Chautauqua National Exhibition: What if?

                  Eastern Kentucky University, Giles Gallery, Richmond, KY


Painting and Seeing, An International Exhibition

            Department of Art & Art History, University of North Carolina Wilmington,   Wilmington, NC

                  Breaking The Mold, A National Juried Exhibition

                  Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA


Waiting, A Group Exhibition

MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, MA

Demo Graphics, A Group Exhibition

Utah Division of Arts and Museums

Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

Don’t Read This Too, A Group Exhibition

Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT


2015          Turf, A Solo Exhibition

                  Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA


                  Mapping Our Turf, A Group Exhibition

                  Limerick School of Art & Design

                  Limerick, Ireland


The Weight of the World, A Contemporary Art Exhibition of Affect and Reason

 Harry Wood Gallery & Institute for Humanities Research

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ


Western Wilds, A Group Book Arts Exhibition

Contemporary Art Space Chester (CASC)

Chester University, Chester, UK


Let It Flow, A Collaborative Community Based Installation

Ballinglen Arts Foundation Art Gallery

Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland


2015 Sustainability Solutions Festival, Group Exhibition

City of Phoenix. Phoenix, AZ


Balance-Unbalance 2015: An International Conference on Water, Climate, and Place  Group Exhibition, ASU Galleries. Tempe, AZ


Recent Works, A Solo Exhibition

Phillips Art Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT


Next, 12 Visual Arts Fellows

UAC Fellowship Retrospective Exhibition

Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT


Utah Artists Elsewhere

Selections from the Utah State Arts Collection

Alice Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT


Articles of Clothing, An Exhibition

Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT


Don’t Read This 2, An Exhibition

Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT


Don’t Read This, An Exhibition

Salt Lake City Library-Main Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT


Two-person Exhibition

Fairview Museum of Art and History, Fairview, UT



2015          Artist Talk, Recent Paintings, Ballinglen Artist Residency, Ballycastle, Ireland

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