Joseph Minek



Joseph Minek is an artist based in Cleveland Ohio. Joseph received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Photography & Film from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has exhibited his work nationally in spaces such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, INDEX, and Capital One Headquarters. Joseph is currently focusing on his studio practice dealing with the possibilities of photographic material and holds busy Adjunct Faculty postions at The Cleveland Institute of Art and Cuyahoga Community College.


Photographic Works focuses on the potentiality of photographic material, most notably its ability to transcend its conventional analysis and use in image-making. By applying photographic chemistry to exposed light sensitive papers, I construct images whose colors, marks, and compositions reference the aesthetics of modernist abstract paintings while remaining firmly rooted in the realm of photography through size and surface value. My primary pursuit lies in how photographic material is translated into images beyond the traditional processes, and how these images can influence viewers to reflect on not only what is shown through the imagery but also the possibilities of the photographic medium. 



2013            MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Photography & Film

2011            BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art, Film, Video, & Photographic Arts



2017            Forum Art Space, Cleveland, Ohio

 Gallery 1/1, Seattle, Washington

Disclosure, Index, Dayton, Ohio

2015            Photographic Works, 2731 Prospect, Cleveland, Ohio

2013            Some Account of the Art of Photogenic Drawing (MFA Thesis), Anderson Gallery, Richmond, Virginia 

2011            Duality (BFA Thesis), The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio



2017            Constructions, Gallery W (American Greetings Headquarters), Cleveland, Ohio

2016            All Together Now, 2731 Prospect Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

Earthly Delights, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

Faculty Exhibition, Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2015            Mimeo Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio

Emergent 2015, Heights Art, Cleveland, Ohio

2014            Select, Washington Project for the Arts - Artisphere, Washington DC

Verisimilitude – Joseph Minek & Michael Meier, Forum Art Space, Cleveland, Ohio 

2013            Bazaarbeque Vol. 5, Forum Art Space, Cleveland, Ohio

Union By Design, The Art Registry, Washington DC

Unbound2!, Candela Books & Gallery, Richmond, Virginia 

Homegrown, Cleveland Print Room, Cleveland, Ohio  

University Combine, Capital One, Richmond, Virginia

2012            Abstract Expressions, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont 

Amateur Hour, Art6 Gallery, Richmond, Virginia

Teenage Dreamsicle, The Refrigerator, Richmond, Virginia

2011            Light – Struck: Abstract Photography Today, Photoplace Gallery, White River Junction, Vermont    

Manipulated, Castell Photography Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina 

Milking The Void, More Funner Projects, Miami, Florida

Cross Process: Joseph Minek & Kyle Todaro, SideShow Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

Night Moves, FAB Gallery, Richmond, Virginia

Instant Revival. A therapeutic jolt of analog development., Aperture Tremont, Cleveland, Ohio 

65th Annual Student Independent Exhibition, Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

2010            Six State Photography Show, Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, Ohio

Outerspace: An American Odyssey, 1025 Huron Rd. Cleveland, Ohio 

2009            CIA Students: Cleveland, 2009, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

This is Not a Photograph: Contemporary Approaches to Photography

            The Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio  


2017            MOCA Cleveland Visiting Curator Program - Studio Visit

2011            Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Virginia Commonwealth University 

2010            Top Ten Finalist: President’s Traveling Scholarship, The Cleveland Institute of Art

Honorary Scholarship, The Cleveland Institute of Art


The Cleveland Museum of Art

Bidwell Projects, Cleveland, Ohio

Rubell Family Collection Miami, Florida

New York Presbyterian Hospital

Metro Health Systems

Hilton Cleveland

Private Collections in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Washington DC, Hawaii, & Virginia



Aint Bad Magazine (forthcoming) 


Artist Spotlight: Joseph Minek, Booooooom!

Experimental Photos Similar to Abstract Paintings,


Joseph Minek: Some Account of the Art of Photogenic Drawing,

2731 Prospect Shows Off Experimental Photo Works, Cleveland Scene


Joseph Minek: Duality, Minimal Exposition


“Student Independent Exhibition at Cleveland Institute of Art surpasses fall’s faculty show”, 

             The Plain Dealer, March 12th, 2011


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2nd Anniversary Show in our New Gallery Space.
January 20 - February 17, 2018
Robert Calafiore and Joseph Minek: Color Darkroom Innovators
--Featuring West Coast Premiere Of Two Artist’s One-Of-A-Kind Color Prints Made With Analog Photographic Methods
September 21 - December 16, 2017