Joseph Ostraff is a professor of visual arts at Brigham Young University. He received a BFA from Brigham Young University in 1982 and a MFA from the University of Washington in 1984. Joseph is married to Melinda Weston and they have six children. Melinda is an ethno-botanist. She and Joseph have collaborated extensively over the past thirty years. This interaction has had a deep impact on Joseph’s art practice. They have worked together developing significant collaborative projects with Wirral Met, Liverpool, England; Kau Taha Mataika, Vava’u, Tonga; and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Whakatane, New Zealand, resulting in three documentary films and numerous exhibitions in painting, video installations, works on paper and book arts. Joseph’s recent exhibitions include; Urban Underground Exhibition, The Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL (2014) JAX 2014 National Juried Exhibition, Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd, VA, (Inter) Connections, WoCA Projects, Fort Worth, TX (2013) Ensemble, Selby Fleetwood Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (2013) International America: National Identity in Flux, K12 Gallery/TEJAS Gallery Space, Dayton, OH (2012) Manulua Project: A Book Arts Exhibition, Minneapolis Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN (2012) Mixing Bowl, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA (2011) Sources • Origins, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA (2011) Global Echo, Williamson Art Gallery Birkenhead, Wirral Metropolitan College, England; Spectrum Project Space at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia; Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University, England. (2011) In February of 2015 Joseph traveled to Ireland as part of the Ballinglen Fellowship Residency Program, Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland.