Artist's Statement

My paintings mingle classical and contemporary signs and symbols, as well as the juxtaposition of certain figures and still life elements to express the themes of power relationships; in particular, the presence and absence of people throughout our lives and the indelible impressions that presence or absence creates.






M.F.A. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, May 2007

Courses taken:  Painting, Drawing, Experimental Printmaking, Critical Theory, Applied Aesthetics, Ritual in Renaissance Art History, Pedagogy

B.F.A. Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, May 2003

Courses taken:  Painting, Figure Drawing, Lithography, Renaissance and Baroque Art History, Color Theory, Critical Theory


Selected Exhibitions


Joe Ciaccio: Attachments; Foundry Arts Center, St. Charles, MO


IT FIGURES: ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

Faculty Exhibition, Lincoln Land Community College

New Beginnings: Impasto Art Gallery, Longmont, CO


Galex 49: Galesburg Arts Center

Nude Attitude 2015: Peoria Art Guild

Media Matters: Foundry Art Centre; Winner: Going Solo Award

Going Home: Foundry Art Centre


Nude Attitude 2014: Peoria Art Guild


·       Faculty Exhibition: James Murray Art Gallery, Lincoln Land Community College

·      Member Artist Exhibition: Peoria Art Guild

·      The Stories Behind the Faces: Springfield Art Association


 ·      Esquissier: James Murray Art Gallery, Lincoln Land Community College


·       Faculty Exhibition: James Murray Art Gallery, Lincoln Land Community College


·       New Paintings and Drawings: A solo Exhibition at Blackburn College

·       The Least Bad Thing: A solo exhibition of paintings, INspirative Gallery and Studios, Plymouth, IN

·      2010 Contemporary Realism Biennial: Fort Wayne Museum of Art

·       Galex44:  National Juried Exhibition, Galesburg Civic Arts Center.  Juried by Jim Richerson

·       Faculty Exhibition: James Murray Art Gallery, Lincoln Land Community College


·       Abeo: Solo Exhibition, Metcalf Gallery, Taylor University, Upland, IN

·       Faculty Exhibition, Access Gallery, University of Illinois, Springfield, IL


·       Figurative Works: International Juried Exhibition, Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, MO

·       Galex42:  National Juried Exhibition, Galesburg Civic Arts Center; Juried by Sandra Camomile, Professor, La Salle University

·       Faculty Exhibition; Blackburn College Gallery

·       Faculty Exhibition: James Murray Art Gallery, Lincoln Land Community College


·       Heat:  The Next Tortured Genius:  International Juried Exhibition, Monkdogz Urban Art, New York, New York

·       Philip Pearlstein Selects: 1st National Juried Exhibition, Prince Street Galley, New York, New York.  Juried by Philip Pearlstein

·       Manifest:  Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, Bowling Green, Ohio


·       Adam Russel, Joseph Ciaccio, Zakary Orcutt: Parkwood Gallery, Toledo, Ohio.  Juried by the Art Association of Greater Toledo

·       Ohio Art League Annual Fall Juried Exhibition, James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, Columbus, Ohio.  Juried by Artist Melissa Meyer

·       South Cobb Arts Alliance Annual National Juried Exhibition, Marietta, Georgia

·       Artomatic 419:  A Group Exhibition of Toledo Area Artists

·       Affinities:  An invitational exhibition of Bowling Green State University Graduates


·       Aeternus:  Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, University Galleries, Normal, Illinois


·     Postcards from the Edge, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, Illinois.  An invitational exhibition of Illinois State University professors and graduates in which I was the only undergraduate to participate.


·       Student Annual, University Galleries, Normal, Illinois. Curated by Buzz Spector, Professor of Art, Chairman of the Art Department, Cornell University


·       Student Annual, Illinois State University Galleries, Normal, Illinois.  Juried by Rodney Carswell, Professor of Art at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois