Visiting Artist Joseph Norman
"The Middle Passage: A Love Story"
Joseph Norman's artist statement forcefully clarifies, "My work reflects my humanity. It is my mirror image. I am as I see, I see as I am." He has traveled extensively and lived for a time in Canada, Germany, Spain, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Cuba, but his story begins on Chicago's South Side in 1957, a time when hints of the great social and cultural upheaval that would soon sweep America had begun to emerge. The millions of men and women who had migrated north to build new lives in the industrial centers in Chicago, Detroit, and New York had found their footing. They brought with them the traditions of their forbearers and new ones born of the struggles of institutional slavery. This cultural legacy forms the foundation of Norman's work and life as an artist. Now an internationally recognized artist and printmaker, Norman's works are housed in the most prestigious museums and private collections in the United States and Central America, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia. Norman is a professor of art at the University of Georgia and lives and works in Baltimore, MD.