Joseph Norman

b. Chicago, IL 1957; lives in Georgia


Joseph Norman is a highly regarded educator, artist, draughtsman, and printmaker. He dedicates time and energy to empowering young people through the creative process of mural painting. Through his community outreach and service learning initiatives in the arts, Norman has touched the lives and sparked the imaginations of thousands of youths throughout the Americas. For decades, he has lived and worked in Canada, Germany, Spain, Costa Rica, and Cuba, and he has worked with the youth populations of the Caribbean, Central and South America.

While in residence at Tamarind, Norman created four editions using his signature drawing style. Intricate compositions built with black lines and complementary textures, his lithographs exemplify his belief in beauty as a steading force that allows him to be in control of his creativity when approaching the ugliness of society.

Norman obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and two Master’s degrees in art education from the University of Illinois and drawing from the University of Cincinnati. He is Professor of Art at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Art at Johnson & Wales University. He is the former Chairman of the Painting and Drawing Department and Founder of Study Abroad Latin America, Cuba, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

Norman’s artworks are in major museums and public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, NY. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The National Gallery and Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC.

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