Joseph Madrigal

Joseph Madrigal portrait
Associate Professor of Art
Visual and Performing Arts Department Head

Office: Center for the Arts 108

Phone: 563-387-1114



Education: M.F.A., Ceramics, Illinois State University, B.F.A., Painting and Ceramics, Miami University, Ohio

“The structure of the daily, as well as of the ‘philosophical’, language, which we inherited, in the main, from our primitive ancestors, is such that we have separate terms for factors that are not separable, such as ‘matter’, ‘space’, ‘time’ or ‘body’, ‘soul’, ‘mind’. Then, as it were, we try to make out of the word, flesh, by reversing the natural order and affectively ascribing a delusional objectivity to these terms.” – Alfred Korzybski

Soft Machine – sculpture, 36 x 10 x 8 in., 2012

Soft Machine – sculpture, 36 x 10 x 8 in., 2012

ART 111 Foundations: 3-DIMENTIONAL Processes

This course covers concepts of form and spatial relations of 3-dimensional problem solving through a variety of projects aimed at gaining sensitivity in the composition, observation, and analysis of sculptural form.

ART 121 World Pottery

Geared primarily toward non-majors, this course will balance the basic mechanics of wheel thrown pottery with an exploration of global traditions and practices in functional ceramics. Offered alternate years.

ART 210 Ceramics I

This course is designed as survey of ceramic methods focusing on handbuilding processes, the basic mechanics of the potter’s wheel, and a variety of surfacing and glazing techniques. Aspects of ceramic history and contemporary practices will also be explored. Assignments will focus on technical applications while engaging specific problems and ideas engendered in the material of clay and ceramic objects.

ART 310 Ceramics II

This course expands the vocabulary of ceramic materials and techniques. Processes and techniques will be directed in individual and group projects questioning design, function and the expanding potential of sculptural outcomes. Greater emphasis will be placed on developing individual ideas by directing the ceramic process to address concepts in contemporary art and ceramics. This course will also delve deeper into topics of ceramic history and contemporary ceramic practices questioning the role of ceramic objects and our relationships with and to them.

ART 311 Installation

This course is designed to encourage interdisciplinary practices in the creation of art installation through individual and collaborative investigations. Projects, readings and discussions will center around how materials, objects, and space inform and direct an installation experience.

  • M.F.A, Ceramics, Illinois State University
  • B.F.A., Concentrations in Painting and Ceramics, Miami University of Ohio

My art practice and research is focused on material explorations primarily centered on clay and ceramic processes. These material explorations are influenced by a deep interest in memory and bodily experience through sensual and erotic connectivity. In my work, body, food and fabric often emerge as form, index, texture, and image.

  • Ginsburg, Amber, and Joseph Madrigal “K[ne(e){a}d]” Ceramic Technical, New Zealand, Issue #30
  • Stratton, S. R., “FLO(we){u}R” Ceramics: Art and Perception, Issue #90
  • Kim, Youngju, Exist without Existing, Ceramics Commune, SPACE Magazine: Art & Design, no.532 (2012.March)