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Joseph Kinnebrew MFA

Selected Collections:

The Art Institute of Chicago                                   National Collection of Fine Arts

Walker Art Center                                                   Library of Congress

The Guggenheim Museum                                      Brooklyn Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art                            The Houghton Library - Harvard University

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts                         Arizona State University

Detroit Institute of Art                                              New Orleans Museum of Art

The Museum of Fine Arts - Houston                       Honolulu Academy of Arts

Philadelphia Museum of Art                                     The University of Texas

Atkins Museum of Fine Arts - Kansas City              Michigan State University

Swedish Hospital  -  Seattle                                    The Grand Rapids Art Museum

Utah State University                                               Cranbrook

Steelcase Corporation                                             Coopers and Lybrand



Ford Motor Company                                                             Michigan Consolidated Gas Company

Detroit Receiving Hospital/University Health Center              Harris Bank and Trust Company - Chicago

Howard Miller Clock Company                                               Butterworth Hospital

   Corporate Headquarters                                                   Cities of: Grand Rapids, MI; Lansing, MI;

Frederick Meijer Botanical Gardens                                      Grand Haven, MI; Winfield, IL; Janesville, WI

University of San Francisco                                                  Grand Valley State University

International Telephone and Telegraph                                  Interlochen National Arts Academy

Selected Exhibitions:

Upstream People 7th Annual Painting, Drawing and Print International Online Juried Art Exhibiton”

Stamford Sculpture Invitational (CT) 2005

Carillon Point invitational Exhibition (sculpture and paintings shown) 2004

Maryhill Museum of Art Invitational 2004

Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea 2003 (Florence, Italy)

Issaquah Invitational 2003/2004

Westcott Bay Reserve Outdoor Sculpture Invitational 2003

La Conner Public Art Exhibition, 2003

Everett Center For The Arts, one man show Jan/Feb 2003

Sculpture 2000, Bellingham, Washington, 1999

12th Annual Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Lawrence, Kansas 1999

Meijer Botanical and Sculpture Gardens,  August - October, 1997

The Grand Rapids Art Museum, August - October, 1997

Mercer Island Sculpture Garden, 1996 - 1998

Virtuosity, Art Communication International, 1996

Pinson Fine Art, "The Real, The Unreal and The Surreal", 1995

QE2 cruise - Celebrity Artist, "Joseph Kinnebrew, "A Selection of Paintings", 1993

International Art Exposition, Osaka, Japan  1992

The Architectural Institute of B.C., "Joseph Kinnebrew", 1987

Detroit Institute of Arts, selections from Detroit Hospital Art Collection, 1984

American Institute of Architects, Lansing, Michigan "50 Most Significant Structures in Michigan", 1982


Upstream People 7th Annual Painting, Drawing and Print International, “Special Recognition” Merit Award

Arts Communications International - CD “Finest Artists at End of Millennium” 1996

Guest Lecturer aboard QE2 cruises (3), November, 1993

Invited Participant in Smithsonian Archives of American Art Auction 1992

Salon International D'Art, International Art Poster Exhibition

Michigan Governors' Award  (first recipient in sculpture)

National Endowment for the Arts, (largest grant to individual artist),  1973 & 1974


October 12, 1942

Tacoma, Washington


Post Graduate study:  Institute for Study of Instructional Technology

Development and Technology, University of Michigan 1969-1970

Graduate study:  M. F. A.  -  Michigan State University, 1970

Undergraduate study:  B. A.  -  Syracuse University, 1964  

Artist's Statement

This recent work focuses on digital images of high resolution that I initially thought would be directed to painting. It has long been my habit to plan “some” canvases in the computer using Photoshop and other related graphic and photo manipulation tools. Now, however, I feel that because of the subject matter and complexity of the work they may best remain in the digital format.

Since I was a child I have been fascinated by collage and in a real sense that is what these are. Some include images from my paintings and objects in my everyday life. Like many artists I repeat the use of some objects but in different formats. For me this is a clear illustration of quantum notions.

The images I am working on are dark in subject and provocative in thought, as I have continued to consider and be influenced by the recent events in my life and the ever-present issues of “post-modernism”.

Joseph Kinnebrew

December 2005