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Joseph Kowalczyk (Ko-väl-chick) is an award winning sculptor and painter who has been creating in the California Bay Area since he received his BFA in ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts in 2006. Along with his studio practice, Joe fixes kilns, teaches ceramics, and cofounded a fine art gallery within the Oakland Art Murmur district.
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“When I was a child around the age of 6 or so, I remember one day my father began repainting the interior walls of our home. Before work began, he humorously painted a great big smiley face on my wall… directly over my bed. It terrified me! I’m not sure why it scared me so much. The smiley face had no personality, no portrayal of maliciousness; it was just two dots and an inverted arch. After seeing how I felt, my father immediately painted over it with a fresh layer of paint, but STILL I was scared. I knew that although the face was covered up, it was still there, hiding underneath this new layer of paint with that giant smile.

Over 20 years later I still remember the event vividly, and I find it fascinating. The fear obviously wasn’t based on any legitimate threat; it was completely inside my head. I can’t help but to consider the fears I hold today and how they might influence my decisions. It brings me to question, which fears are legitimate, and which ones are just smiley faces. And furthermore, how did they get there?”

Current Work
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A Rabbit is Life and Death
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Wheel of Fortune
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A Spirit Reborn
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Harboring Hands
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Father Figure
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Rejoice In Your Sufferings
Websites and Social Media
Upcoming Events

“California Clay Fest IV”

juried group show @  Blue Line Gallery
April 14th – May 20th, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday, April 14th, 6-9pm
405 Vernon St, Ste. 100, Roseville, CA. 95678

“FourSquared VII: Alumni”

group show @ Arc Gallery
TBA Fall of 2016
Opening Reception:  TBA
Closing Artists Talk: TBA
1246 Folsom St. San Francisco CA

“27th Annual CA. Clay Competition Exhibit”

juried group show @ The Artery
April 29th – May 27th, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, April 29th, 7-9pm
207 G Street, Davis, CA. 95616

“The Hive Gallery 11 Year Anniversary”

group show @ Hive Gallery
April 9th – April 30th, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday, April 2nd, 6-10pm
729 South Spring St. Los Angeles, CA. 90014

General Info
Studio Address
United States
Phone Contact
ACGA social media support (must have IG and FB accounts), Exhibit planning, set-up, staff and admin support, Editing and proofing, Giving demonstrations and talks