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Joe Saphire

Joe Saphire


Visiting Assistant Professor,4-D Foundations


MFA, Studio Arts, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
BFA, Photography, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford

My recent projects experiment with the subject of time: its construction, perception, and consumption as both a cultural product and natural phenomenon. Projects resolve as multi-media installations, collaborative events, pop-up shows, and web archives, and incorporate video, sound, and digital imaging. In addition to my own studio practice, PlayLaborPlay (playlaborplay.com) is an ongoing collaborative and curatorial project that emphasizes site-specificity and place-making. Our most recent event took place in a warehouse and contained six floors of site-specific sound installations that ranged from electronic composition, to sound sculpture, to performance. Other events have taken place in box trucks, office suites, galleries, basements, and public pavilions. My career so far has been spent teaching media arts, photography, video, and various other studio arts at high schools such as Kingswood Oxford and Loomis Chaffee, as well as building curricula that integrates visual culture and interdisciplinary and time-based practices into traditional art education. My work has been shown in video festivals, such as MUX: Asheville, NC and Expanded Cinema, Dallas, TX, as well as in various sites in western MA, such as the Florence Night Out, POD installation project, and the University Museum of Contemporary Art, Take a Seat!group exhibition.


  • Group Exhibition, MUX: Asheville 2016 Video Festival, Asheville, NC (featured artist)
  • Group Exhibition, Florence Night Out, Florence, MA (featured artist)
  • Group Exhibition, Take a Seat!, University Museum of Contemporary Art, Amherst, MA
  • Solo Exhibition, The Waiting Room, Eastworks, Easthampton, MA
  • Group Exhibition, The Valley of the Wrong, Union Gallery, UMass, Amherst, MA
  • Group Exhibition, What If? KC/CT, ArtSounds event series, Kansas City Institute of Art, Kansas City, MO
  • PlayLaborPlay, Collaborative Project, Tracks, Building 8, Eastworks, Easthampton, MA
  • Two-Person Exhibition, All the Time in the World, Student Union Gallery, UMass, Amherst, MA
  • Group Exhibition, Expanded Cinema, Dallas Video Festival, OMNI Dallas Convention Center Hotel, Dallas, TX
  • PlayLaborPlay, Collaborative Project, The Odd Job, Eastworks, Easthampton, MA
  • Group Exhibition, Harbinger, MassArt group show, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA
  • PlayLaborPlay, Collaborative Project, Another Day, Another River, Flying Object, Hadley, MA
  • Group Exhibition, How Far into the Woods, MFA Midway Show, Student Union Gallery, UMass, Amherst, MA
  • PlayLaborPlay, Collaborative Project, Bends, Clark Hall, UMass, Amherst, MA
  • Solo Exhibition, Watching Storms, Student Union Gallery, UMass, Amherst, MA
  • PlayLaborPlay, Collaborative Project, The First, Bezanson Pavilion, Fine Arts Center, UMass Amherst, MA
  • Collaborative Project, Escape to Mars, Sound & Video performance, Flying Object, Hadley, MA
  • Group Exhibition, Ninety-One to Ninety-Five, Umass, Amherst/George Washington
  • University Exchange Exhibition, Gallery 102, GWU, Washington, D.C.
  • Group Exhibition, Random Acts of Negligence, Dirty Truth, Northampton, MA