Biography

Joseph Zirker, NA is the recipient of a 2004 Pollock-Krasner award and an elected member of the National Academy of Design. He is known worldwide as an innovator in monotype and printmaking. His works are represented in private and public collections, both in the USA and abroad.

He holds the degree of MFA from the University of Southern California, where he taught printmaking. He has lectured at Stanford University, San Jose City College and Portland State University. His workshops have been held at Drake University, Rice University, Cooper Union School of the Arts and in several art academies in Belgium and the Netherlands. He is listed in Who's Who in American Art.

Joseph Zirker, NA

Education

University of California at Los Angeles, 1943-44, 1946-47

University of Denver, 1948-49, B.F.A.

University of Southern California, 1949-51, M.F.A.

Tamarind Lithography Workshop - Printer Fellowship, 1962, 63, 64

Tamarind Lithography Workshop - Research Fellowship, Fall 1964

 

Teaching Experience

University of Southern California, 1951, 63

Hollywood Art Center, Los Angeles, California, 1951

Chouinard Art Center, Los Angeles, California, Summer 1963

Los Angeles County Art Institute (Otis), Evenings, 1963-64

San Jose City College, San Jose, California, 1966-80, Fall semesters only 1980-84

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, Summer Sessions 1984, 85

Stanford University, Stanford, California, Spring Quarter 1981, Summer Quarters 1982, 83, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90

 

Web Site

http://www.josephzirker.com

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

San Jose State College, 1968

Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, California, 1972, 74, 78, 81, 87*, 91*, 93*, 95, 97, 99*, 01*, 04*, 05*

California Palace of the Legion of Honor (Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts), San Francisco, California, 1974

De Saisset Art Gallery and Museum, University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California, 1975

Merz Gallery, San Jose, California, 1976

Rubicon Gallery, Los Altos, California, 1981

Oakland Museum Collectors Gallery, Oakland, California, 1984

Espace Latino Americain, Paris, France, 1987*

Centrum Frans Masereel, Kasterlee, Belgium, 1989

Kunstgalerie de Greene Weiden, Lampernisse, Belgium, 1990

Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1990

Quincy College, Quincy, Illinois, 1990

Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, 1993

De Saisset Art Gallery and Museum, University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California,, 2005*

Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada, Nov. 2005 – Feb. 2006

 

Twenty Year Survey Exhibition: 1962-1982*

Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, California, 1982*

Klein Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, 1982

Alice Simsar Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1983

University Art Collection, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 1983

Sierra Nevada Museum, Reno, Nevada, 1983

College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho, 1984

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, 1984

Rogue Gallery, Medford, Oregon, 1986

 

Two-Person Exhibitions

Misch Kohn and Joseph Zirker, Smith-Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, California, 1976

Michael Mazur and Joseph Zirker, Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington D.C., 1979

William Weege and Joseph Zirker, Alice Simsar Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1982

Bob Nugent and Joseph Zirker, Fiberworks, Berkeley, California, 1983

Helen Frederick and Joseph Zirker, G.H. Dalsheimer Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, 1984

John Anderson and Joseph Zirker, Art Attack Gallery, Boise, Idaho, 1985

 

Three-Person Exhibitions

“Vacuum Formed Paper” with Charles Hilger and Charles Strong at Sacred Heart, Menlo Park, California, 1978, 88

“Vacuum Formed Paper” with Charles Hilger and Charles Strong at Sonoma State, Sonoma, California, 1979

Joseph Zirker, Hunt Stonem and Maria Neefjes, Artemis International Gallery, Hong Kong, 1992

 

Selected Invitational Group Exhibitions

“New Dimensions of Lithography” (Tamarind Lithographs), University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 1964*

Southern California Printmakers, Los Angeles, California, 1964

Capper Gallery, San Francisco, California, 1968

“California Printmakers,” California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California, 1971

“Monotypes in California,” Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, California, 1972*

“San Francisco Bay Area Printmakers,” Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1973

“Bay Area Monotypes,” Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, California, 1974

“California Printmakers,” Van Stratten Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, 1974

“Artist s Proof - The Multiple Image,” Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Downtown Center, San Francisco, California, 1976

“Contemporary Monotypes,” Contemporary Graphic Center, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, 1976

“Recent Acquisitions,” Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1977, 84

“Silver and Ink: Recent Acquisitions for the Prints and Photography Collection,” Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, California, 1978

“New Ways with Paper,” National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., 1977-78*

“West Coast Print Show,” Impressions Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, 1978

“Contemporary American Monotypes,” Impressions Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, and Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, California, 1979

“American Monotypes: 100 Years,” Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York, New York, 1979*

“Prints: New Points of View,” Traveling Exhibition by WAAM, 1979-80*

First Print Invitational, Hayward State, Hayward, California, 1979

Handmade Paper Invitational, Jewish Community Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1979

“Handmade Paperworks of the Seventies,” Alice Simsar Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1979

“The Colored Print,” Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, 1980

“True Paper,” Golden West College, Huntington Beach, California, 1980*

“Paper/Art,” Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, 1981*

“California Collage,” College of the Siskiyous, Weed, California, 1981*

“Paperworks,” A National Invitational at the University of Idaho, Moscow and Caldwell, Idaho, 1982

“Works on Paper,” Philadelphia Print Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1982

“Sculptural Paper,” Brookfield, Connecticut, 1983

“Monoprints,” Bluxume Gallery, San Francisco, California, 1983

“Fine Graphics - 3EP Press,” Gumps, San Francisco, California, 1983

“Paper,” Fine Arts Center of Tempe, Tempe, Arizona, 1984

“Monotypes,” Weintraub Gallery, New York, New York, 1984

“Paperworks: A National Invitational,” Cheney Cowles Memorial Museum, Spokane, Washington, 1984*

“Paper, Canvas and Glass,” Gallery Mack, Seattle, Washington, 1984*

“Eighth British International Print Biennial,” Bradford, England, 1984*

“Connoisseurship of Fine Prints,” De Saisset Art Gallery and Museum, University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California, 1984

Group Exhibition, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, 1984

“3EP, Ltd., Selected Prints,” Helen Lundhurst Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 1984

“New Acquisitions,” The Achenback Foundation for the Graphic Arts, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California, 1985

“Twelve Contemporary Printmakers,” Miller/Brown Gallery, San Francisco, California, 1985

“Tenth Anniversary Exhibition,” Nimbus Gallery, Dallas, Texas, 1985

“Monotypes,” Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington D.C. 1985

“Contemporary American Monotypes,” Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia, 1985*

“Contemporary Monotypes: Six Masters,” De Saissset Gallery and Museum, University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California, 1985*

“Western States Print Invitational,” Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, 1985

“Selected Monotypes,” Galleri Kulturtorvet, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1986

“Process/Prints,” Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California, 1986-87

“Selected from the Bay Area,” Lever/Meyerson Galleries, New York, New York, 1986

“Christmas Exhibition,” Lever/Meyerson Galleries, New York, New York, 1986

“Paper Works,” The Art Corridor, Sacred Heart Schools, Menlo Park, California, 1987

“Twenty Times Two: Prints Today,” A.N. Bush Gallery, Salem, Oregon, 1987

“California Paper Works,” Redding Museum and Shasta College, Redding, California, 1987

“Eleven Northern California Printmakers,” Centrum Frans Masereel, Kasterlee, Belgium, 1987

“Abstraction: Works on Paper,” Natsoulas Novelozo Gallery, Davis, California, 1987

“The Anderson Collection: Two Decades of Graphics 1967-87,” The Stanford Museum of Art, Stanford, California, 1987*

“Unique Impressions,” San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California, 1988

“50 Years of Art,” San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California, 1988

“Serious Play: Experiments in Contemporary Printmaking,” San Jose University, San Jose, California, 1988

“Paper and Image,” California State University, Hayward, California, 1988

“Grafiek 1989 vit het Frans Masereel Centrum,” Kasterlee, Belgium 1989

Opening Exhibition, University Art Museum, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 1989

Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, Oregon, 1989 (Northwest Print Council)

“California Monotypes,” Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1991

“Made in California,” Marvin Seline Gallery, Houston, Texas, 1991

Visual Arts Center, Anchorage, Alaska, 1991 (Northwest Print Council)

“International Graphics,” Alden Biesen, Belgium, 1991

“One over One,” Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California, 1991

“A Decade of Paper,” Sylvia Cordish Fine Art, Baltimore, Maryland, 1991 (Pyramid Atlantic)

“A Decade of Paper,” Montpelier Cultural Center, Laurel, Maryland, 1991 (Pyramid Atlantic)

“Directions in Bay Area Printmaking: 3 Decades,” Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, California, 1992

“Bay Area Greats,” Syntex Gallery, Palo Alto, California, 1992

“16th Annual National Invitational Drawing Exhibition,” Emporia State University, Kansas, 1992*

“Jonge Amerikaanse Grafiek vit het Frans Masereel Centrum,” Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium 1992

The National Academy of Design, New York, 1992, 1993*, 1995*, 1997*, 1999*, 2001*, 2003*, 2005*

“Creativity at the Press,” Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, California, 1994

“Abstract Contemporary Prints” (from the Keating Collection), Watkins Gallery, The American University, Washington, D.C., 1994*

“Smith Andersen Gallery 25th Year Celebration,” Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, California, 1994

“The Continuous Line: Circles in Contemporary Artwork,” Hewlett Packard, Palo Alto, California, 1994

“Alternative Prints, ’94,” University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1994

“A Bay Area Connection: Works from the Anderson Collection,” Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California, 1995*

“Monotypes Enre Nous,” Gallery 40, Temse, Belgium, 1995

“Abstraction: Monotype/Monoprint,” University Museum, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, 1996*

Centrum Frans Masereel exhibition at Centre “SaNostra” in Palma, Spain, 1996

“Homenaje a Mendéz,” a virtual portfolio, University Art Museum, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 1998

“The Print is Cast,” Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, California, 1999

Monotype Invitational, Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois, 1999

Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, California, 2000

Michael Martin Galleries, San Francisco, California, 2000

Flanders Graphics, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2000

“An American Focus,” The Anderson Graphic Arts Collection at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California, 2000

Marquette University, Haggarty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2000

“Veerle Rooms in Dialogue,” KBC Tower, Antwerp, Belgium, 2002

Prints from Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, California, 2003

Selections from Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, California, 2003

“Expressive Impressions: Three Decades of American Abstract Prints,” Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida, 2003

“California Abstract Expressionists,” International Print Center New York, New York, NY, 2003

“For the Love of It,” Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, California, 2003

“Recent Press Projects,” Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, California, 2003

 

Juried Exhibitions

“21st Bradley National Print & Drawing Exhibition, “ Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, 1987*

“8th International Triennial Exhibition,” Berlin, German Democratic Republic, 1987*

“9th International Triennial Exhibition,” Berlin, German Democratic Republic, 1990*

“23rd Bradley National Print & Drawing Exhibition, “ Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, 1991*

“International Print Exhibition,” Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, 1997

 

Traveling Exhibitions

International Institute of Experimental Printmaking, 1975-76

Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, California

Polly Friedlander Gallery, Seattle, Washington

Cleveland Art Institute, Cleveland, Ohio

Sacred Heart School, Menlo Park, California

California State University at Hayward, Hayward, California

Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, New York

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Lester Gallery, Inverness, California

“New American Monotypes,” Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, 1978-80*

Towson State University, Baltimore, Maryland

University of Northern Colorado, Greely, Colorado

Anchorage Historical and Fine Arts Museum, Anchorage, Alaska

The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.

Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida

Frederick S. Wright Gallery, U.C.L.A., Los Angeles, California

“Paper as Medium,” Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, 1978-81*

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho

Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas

University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Concord College, Athens, West Virginia

Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Loch Haven Art Center, Orlando, Florida

University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Davidson Art Center, Middletown, Connecticut

Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, New York

University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii

Plymouth State College, Plymouth, New Hampshire

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois

Fresge Art Center, East Lansing, Michigan

Sordoni Art Center, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Trisolini Gallery, Athens, Ohio

“New American Paperworks,” 1982-85*

University of Houston, Houston, Texas

Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan

The Shukosa Art Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan

The Fine Arts Center of Korean Culture and Arts Foundation, Seoul, The Republic of Korea

Exhibition Hall, Central Library, Kiemyung University, Taegu, The Republic of Korea

Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong

The Metropolitan Museum, Manila, The Philippines

National Museum, Republic of Singapore

Missoula Museum of the Arts, Missoula, Montana

Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

Tangeman University Center, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Lee Hall, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan

Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, Minnesota

Chicago Public Library Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois

Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama

Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina

The Stamford Museum, Stamford, Connecticut

University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park, Maryland

“The New Explosion/Paper Art,” 1982-83*

Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hempstead, New York

CDS Gallery, New York, New York

Byers Museum, Evanston, Illinois

“Selected Monotypes,” 1984-86*

Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, California

Santa Cruz Museum, Santa Cruz, California

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

Art Collections, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii

“Modern American Printmaking,” 1985-86*

Amerika-Haus in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hannover, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Köln, Munchen

“One-of-a-Kind,” 1984-85*

Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

A.I.R. Gallery, London, England

Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland

Crawford Gallery, St. Andrews, Scotland

Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland

Midland Group, Nottingham, England

“The Art of Collaborative Printmaking,” Smith Andersen Editions

The Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada, 1998

De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California, 1999

Patrick R. Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art*, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2000

“Machines of Memory: Sculpture and Works on Paper by Joseph Zirker”

Peninsula Museum of Art, Belmont, California, Winter 2010

Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, California, Spring 2010

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California, Summer 2010

 

Artist in Residencies

Centrum Frans Masereel, Kasterlee, Belgium, 1985, 87, 89, 90

University of Nebraska, College of Fine Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, 1988

Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, 1993

 

Works in the Following Collections (Selected List)

Grunwald Collection, U.C.L.A., Los Angeles, California, 1953

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, 1955

Free Library of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1955

June Wayne, Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles, California, 1963

Tamarind Archives, Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles, California, 1963

Charles White, Los Angeles, California, 1967

Stanley Freeman Collection, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California, 1963

Ben Smith Collection, Los Angeles, California, 1963

Martin Gluck Collection, San Diego Museum & La Jolla Art Center, San Diego, California, 1963

Jerry & Carol Goldsmith, Los Angeles, California, 1963, 73

Michael Blankfort Collection, Los Angeles, California, 1963

Ann and Frank Lobdell, Palo Alto, California, 1969, 73

De Saisset Art Gallery & Museum, University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California, 1975, 86, 90

Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California, 1975, 85

Young Gallery, San Jose, California, 1976

Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, California, 1976

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1977, 83, 85

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Klein, Chicago, Illinois, 1978

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Anderson, Atherton, California, 1978, 81

Graham Gund Collection, Los Angeles, California, 1979

College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho

Syntex Corporation, Palo Alto, California, 1982, 89

International Paper Corporation, New York, New York, 1982

University Art Collection, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 1983, 89

Nisson Motors, Executive Offices, Tennessee, 1983

Glen Alps, Seattle, Washington, 1984

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, 1984, 85

Evelyn Georges, Portland, Oregon, 1983

Centrum Frans Masereel, Kasterlee, Belgium, 1985, 87, 89, 90

Koninklijk Museum Voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Belgium, 1985, 87, 89, 90

Central Federal Savings, New York, New York, 1987

Tandem Computers, Cupertino, California, 1987

American Nevada Corporation, Hendersen, Nevada, 1987

Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park, California, 1988

Morgan Guarantee & Trust Company, New York, New York, 1990

Louisiana Art Museum, Denmark, 1991

Art/Bank, U.S. State Department, Washington D.C., 1991

National Academy of Design, New York, New York, 1992

Stanford University Museum of Art, Stanford, California, 1992, 1997

The National Gallery, Washington D.C., 1996

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1998

Patrick & Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1993, 97, 98

Green Library, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 2001

Charles Randall Dean Collection, New York, New York, 2002

 

Listed in

Who’s Who in American Art

 

Elected

Associate Member, The National Academy of Design, 1992

Academician, The National Academy of Design, 1994

 

Grant

Pollock-Krasner Foundation, 2004-2005

 

* Catalogue accompanies exhibition