Josh Winkler, MFA
Associate Professor | Printmaking
- MFA in Printmaking from the University of Minnesota
- BFA in Printmaking from Ball State University
Josh Winkler is a Minnesota artist and educator. Over the past 12 years, he has worked for a non-profit printmaking center, taught printmaking, and consistently exhibited work nationally / internationally. Winkler’s work is in public collections including Yale University, Hennepin County Public Library, The Yukon Archives, and The Quebec National Archives in Montreal.
Direct experience and research feed the content and connections that are important to me as an artist. The environmental and cultural tragedies of the past provide an emotive way to engage the high stakes of the present. As we seek new sources of energy and make decisions about land use, it’s critical that we have tangible connections to the land and understand what has already been lost. By combining personal experience with research, I build layered landscape narratives that reflect on an uncomfortable disconnect between contemporary Americans and the history of the land. I utilize a range of drawing, printmaking, and sculptural processes to facilitate these ideas. Nature is a cultural force than can foster unity.
In recent years Winkler has exhibited in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Spain, and throughout the United States. He completed artist residencies on the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska, at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Yukon Territory of Canada, and at the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural History. In 2019 Winkler received his second Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. In 2021 he completed an artist residency at the Teton Arts Lab in Wyoming, was selected for a McKnight Artist Fellowship in printmaking, and finally finished building a stone cabin where he grew up in rural Indiana.