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Department of Art

Joe Sanders

Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Chair of Art & Professor

Joe Sanders


Mr. Joe Sanders

Position: Department Chair
Endowed Title: Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Chair of Art
Office: Yancey Center 220
Phone: 706-507-8302

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BFA - Florida State University
MFA - Arizona State University

Specialty Area

Studio Arts: Printmaking and Book Arts


Joe Sanders’ creative production has focused on printmaking, handmade books and mixed media installation. His interests include exploring intersections of art, science and technology. Collaborations with other artists fuel his work, as does the exploration and improvisation that occurs in the studio. Reflecting the contemporary movement toward an expanded print aesthetic, Sanders’ work has delved into sculptural installation as well as mixed media prints, questioning the canons of the print world and exploring the print as a bridge between sculpture, photography, printmaking and electronic media.

“Natural science and personal history are at the core of my recent work, which presents narrative and symbol while exploring concepts of a broad humanistic nature –mythology, transformation, frailty and the environment. By culling and reconfiguring images from personal history, art history, natural science and mythology, my work broadly evokes aspects of human experience.”

After receiving an M.F.A. degree from Arizona State University, Sanders joined the faculty at the University of Georgia in Athens. A dedicated arts administrator, Sanders served as Professor and Chair of the Printmaking Department at U.G.A., President of the Southern Graphics Council (SGC International) and editor of their journal Graphic Impressions. He served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at Florida State University and is currently the Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art at Columbus State University. His work has been included in numerous national printmaking and book arts projects, in over 175 exhibitions, and in many museum, academic, and library collections. He was recently included in “Reconsidering Regionalism: Prints Inspired by the South, 1951-2011” at Auburn University. Recent curatorial projects by Sanders include “MATRIX: Contemporary Printmaking” at the Museum of Fine Arts (MOFA) at Florida State University.



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