“My paintings integrate landscape, text, musical allusions, and abstraction to investigate myths about “nature” and national identity in the United States. Having grown up in predominately rural areas in the west, my commitment to landscape is both personal and political. This commitment merges with an interest in the distinctly American art movement of the Hudson River School. I am immersed in the history of landscape painting in the United States and how our relationship to landscape is historically linked to the defining of a national identity. From Emerson and Thoreau, to the early advocates of Manifest Destiny, to contemporary advertising- landscape and the American brand go hand in hand.” – Joe Wardwell Joe received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Boston University and his Bachelors of Art & Fine Arts from the University of Washington. Joe’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and has been awarded many prestigious grants and fellowships including The Theodore and Jane Norman Research Grant from Brandeis University, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship, La Residenza Villa Il Palmerino Fellowship, and the Vermont Studio School Fellowship. Wardwell’s work can be found in the collections of the MIT List Visual Center, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Massachusetts, and many private collections.