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Joe Cory Profile

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Name:Joe Cory
Title:Associate Professor, Chair
Department:Art and Design
Year Started:2007
Phone Number:(847) 628-1035
Office Location:HAWAC 309


B.A. Central College
B.F.A School of the Art Institute of Chicago
M.F.A University of Chicago


Joseph Cory ireceived a Bachelor of Arts  from Central College (IA), a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Chicago. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and in various venues around Chicago. He is a recipient of The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, a 2011 participant in the Whale and Star Summer Workshop in affiliation with the Anderson Ranch (Miami, FL), in 2011 he received the Judson University Surbeck Summer Faculty Scholarship, and his work won the "Judges Award" at the 2011 Beverly Art Show at the Beverly Art Center in Chicago. He recently conducted an interview about his participation in the 2012 exhibition "Chicago Nocturne" for the blog "Sixty Inches From Center." 


His research interests lie in the use of light in contemporary art, and the integration of the liberal arts into the artistic process, and his work draws inspiration from both literary and visual sources. Specifically, Professor Cory's paintings, drawings, and prints are abstracted representations of the natural world. His choice of materials, compositional strategies of reduced form and color, and his relationship to the suburban landscape invite viewers to experience moments of reflection in a transcendent or poetic way. It is these moments and the creative process that allow him to negotiate his existence in a broken world through the creation of his work. You can view his work via his personal or follow him on twitter @joecory


Apart from making art, Professor Cory enjoys: spending time with his family, traveling, reading (especially the work of John Steinbeck and Robert Frost), writing poems with his children, and watching the Chicago White Sox. 

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