Working studio in downtown Greenville SC.
Since 1985.
Joel Wilkinson Studio
39 Blair Street, Greenville SC 29607
ph: 864 235-4483
I tend to break away from representational imagery and employ shape, line, color, and texture. Works are paintings, drawings, and collage, with minimal assemblage here and there. Almost all paintings include details by various tools used to scrape and incise. Such markings are subtle qualities that tie the paintings together and are most evident upon close inspection. Subjects include landscapes based on the South Carolina upstate, abstract composition, and other works explore intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Joel Wilkinson / Born: 1958, Greenville, SC. Full-time studio established in 1985; studio located in downtown Greenville SC.

Contemporary Painting and Drawing | Selected Exhibitions

October 2020
Upstairs Artspace, Tryon NC With nineteen fellow printmakers of the Contemporary Print Collective's UNITY: 2020 Print Exchange Exhibition.


December 2019
Anderson Arts Center, Anderson SC - UNITY: 2020 Print Exchange Exhibition, with nineteen printmakers of the Contemporary Print Collective.


October 2015
Dent Arts Center, Spartanburg Day School
Spartanburg SC — A World of Readers; Selections from the Collection of Dr. Thomas L. Johnson.

January 2015
Fine Arts Center, Greenville SC
The Ties That Bind, 40th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition.

February 2013
Wofford College, Sandor Teszler Library Gallery
Spartanburg SC — A World of Readers; Selections from the Collection of Dr. Thomas L. Johnson.

January 2012
Upstairs Artspace, Tryon NC Exhibition of paintings along with bandmates of the Fine Art Ramblers.

September 2011
Pickens County Museum of Art & History, Pickens, SC Exhibition of paintings along with bandmates of the Fine Art Ramblers. Read article about the exhibition by museum director Allen Coleman.

June 2010
Centre Stage SC! Theater, Greenville, SC One person show of thirty recent paintings.

March 2010
Upstate Forever Art & Conservation Celebration 2010 Saffron’s events hall, Greenville SC.

February 2010
University of South Carolina, Aiken SC Etherredge Art Center. One person show, Aiken SC.

November 2008
Greenville SC Chamber of Commerce Founders Circle Exhibition. Greenville Open Studios 13 founding artists exhibition. On display through January 5, 2009.

November 2008
Upstairs Artspace, Tryon NC “String of Pearls: 30 Years of Upstairs Art” invitation exhibition of artists who exhibited at Upstairs Artspace between 1978 and 2008.


April 2008
Furman University, Roe Art Gallery, Greenville, SC “Red Dust on a White Shirt” one person exhibition of recent paintings.

March 2008
Fine Arts Center 2008 Alumni Exhibition, Greenville, SC. Painting chosen to receive first of two Director’s Choice Awards.

January 2008
Art & Conservation Celebration Upstate Forever, sponsored
by Whole Foods, Irene Morrah Fine Art and The Greenville News.

June 2007
Art Current private group exhibition for collectors. Three artists: Catherine B. Labbé, Steven A. Chapp, Joel Wilkinson.

April 2007
Clemson University Friends of Lee Gallery celebration of Clemson University Center for Visual Arts.

January 2007
Art & Conservation Celebration Upstate Forever, sponsored
by Whole Foods, Irene Morrah Fine Art and The Greenville News.

May 2006
Birchwood Center for Arts & Folklife Benefit exhibition and donation of painting.

April 2006
Metropolitan Arts Council “One Stop” exhibition of Greenville Open Studios tour participanting artists, during Artisphere International Arts Festival.

November 2005
Metropolitan Arts Council Greenville Open Studios juried exhibition in tandem with Greenville Open Studios tour project.

July 2005
Upstairs Artspace, Tryon NC “Altered States” solo exhibition of paintings about the changing southern landscape, in tandem with “Space, Surface, Shadow / Interpretations by Tweleve Sculptors.”

November 2004
Metropolitan Arts Council Greenville Open Studios juried exhibition in tandem with Greenville Open Studios tour project.

June 2004
Upstairs Artspace, Tryon NC Grand reopening exhibition of nine artists.

May 2004
The Blood Connection (blood donation center), Greenville SC. Solo exhibition of drawings.

November 2003
Metropolitan Arts Council Greenville Open Studios juried exhibition in tandem with Greenville Open Studios 2003 tour project. Forty-seven artists participating.

November 2002
Greenville County Museum of Art Greenville Open Studios juried exhibition in tandem with Greenville Open Studios 2002 tour project. Forty-nine artists participating.

January 2000
Furman University Faces of the Upstate, People and Landscape of Upstate South Carolina. Invitational group show.

June 1995
Greenville County Museum of Art Invitational group show.

March 1995
Palmetto Expo Center Festivale 95. Juror, Mr. William Bodine, of the Columbia Museum of Art. Juried exhibition.

September 1991
Life & Hope Art and Text Slide Show collaboration by Jeff Sumerel and Joel Wilkinson in tandem with AIDS benefit with proceeds given to Amercian Foundation for AIDS Research, Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services, Aid Upstate’s Fund for Friends.

August 1991
Pickens County Museum of Art Invitational group show.

July 1990
Greenville County Museum of Art Invitational group show.

Collections
Bowie Arts Center Collection, Erskine College; Federal Reserve Bank of Charlotte, NC; Fine Arts Center of Greenville County Schools, Greenville, SC; numerous private collections. Commissions include Bell Atlantic, Biltmore Estate Wines, Bowater Corporation, Ernst & Young, Health Information Associates, GTE, Michelin North America, and others.

Galleries & memberships
Dealer: Catherine Hayes Art + Sculpture, Greenville SC (2005-2009)
Dealer: Irene Morrah Fine Art, Greenville SC (2005-2010)
Gallery: Court Street Gallery, Pickens SC (2012-present)
Gallery: Gallery of Michael P McDunn, Greenville SC (2008-2010)
Gallery: The Upstairs Artspace Gallery, Tryon NC (2004 – present)
Gallery: ArtStuff Gallery, Greenville SC (2000-2002)
Gallery: Red Door Gallery, Anderson SC (1995-2001)
Gallery: llyn strong gallery, Greenville SC (1993-1999)


Memberships past and current:
National: Illustrators Partnership of America (past)
Regional: Greenville County Museum of Art
Local: Metropolitan Arts Council
Local: Contemporary Print Collective

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