Joe Winter

BA, Brown University. MFA, University of California-San Diego. Work exhibited at venues such as The Kitchen, Foxy Production, X-initiative, Eyebeam, the Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego), Edith Russ Haus, and the Western Front. SLC, 2012; 2017-

Undergraduate Courses 2018-2019

Visual and Studio Arts

Sculpture: Landscape as Material

Intermediate , Seminar—Spring

This intermediate sculpture course attempts to understand landscape as the overlap of various dimensions—the physical, the cultural, the social—and will investigate how materials, objects, and systems occupy and transform those dimensions. We will employ landscape as the organizing principle in the selection, production, transformation, arrangement, analysis, and imagination of objects and materials within a sculptural art practice. Each student enrolled in the course will identify a specific landscape, location, or site—e.g., the kitchen, the border, the prison, the playing field—to examine and locate a point of departure for a series of studio-based projects. Readings, screenings, slide presentations, and site visits will allow us to examine specific landscapes, from the natural to the institutional to the imaginary. In doing so, we will attempt to understand how landscape and space shape us and how we, as artists, can use, transform, and understand the landscapes that we inhabit.


Sculpture: Time as Material

Open , Seminar—Fall

In this course, we will treat time as a central element in the conception, display, and understanding of materials-based art practices. While we will consider integrating sculpture with media and with methods more typically described as “time-based” (such as performance, digital media, film/video), students will also be challenged to consider the potential of time, duration, and process to act upon or activate seemingly inert materials. We will attempt to propose alternatives to the idea of artworks as fixed forms and instead consider how objects, images, and materials might transform, evolve, decay, or accumulate over time. Through readings, discussion, and studio projects, we will examine ideas about time from a variety of perspectives (scientific, historical, musical, and cinematic, among others) and think about how these temporal modes can inform our making and lived experience of objects and art.


Previous Courses

Material and Meaning

Open , Seminar—Fall

This sculpture course addresses the fundamental relationship between physical materials and the production of meaning. Through a series of studio-based assignments, we will examine the ways in which materials can be manipulated, shaped, and arranged consistent with an underlying interest or intention of the artist. Conversely, we will examine materials as inherently meaningful themselves and develop methods of looking, investigating, and researching to reveal the ideas and possibilities contained within the seemingly inert. The course takes a broad view of the concept of “material”; studio work may encompass diverse media, including conventional sculptural practices, as well as digital and time-based media, performance, and photography. Students will be encouraged to experiment, invent, and discover.


Space, Time, Material

Open , Seminar—Year

A sculptural experience could be described as an encounter with a set of materials at a particular space and time. In this yearlong sculpture course, we will consider the elements of space, time, and material both discretely and in conjunction. The first half of the course will present students with a series of sculptural problems to be solved with a variety of material and conceptually-based strategies, examining both the categorical flexibility of the term sculpture and challenging students to push beyond their creative boundaries. In the second half of the course, each student will develop a particular research focus—an object, a material process, a space, a site, or a landscape—and delve into it through a series of self-directed studio projects. Throughout, studio work may encompass diverse media, including both conventional sculptural practices, as well as digital and time-based media, performance, and photography. Students will be encouraged to experiment, invent, and discover. Short-term focused exercises will alternate with longer-term studio projects; periods of rigid structure will complement periods of open investigation.