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Josie Osborne

Senior Lecturer, Art & Design

Director, First Year Program


MFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BFA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Josie Osborne is a visual artist, Senior Lecturer and Director of the First Year Program in Art and Design at UW-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts. She also curates and co-curates exhibitions including Quiet at Walkers Point Center for the Arts, Marks and Conversions: The Graphic Work of Judy Pfaff and Squeak Carnwath, at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design recently co-curated Miller and Shellabarger: Hiding in the Light and Inova Gallery. She is engaged in the Milwaukee Arts Community, serving on boards and advisory boards for Arts non-profits including 12 years on the City of Milwaukee Arts Board. Osborne received two Mary Nohl Suitcase Fund grants for a traveling exhibition of her work and a studio residency in Spain. As an administrator and Art Education advocate she co-wrote a funded grant and is co-PI for ArtsECO programming that supports Art Education and teachers in Milwaukee. Osborne received her Master of Fine Arts in Graphics (printmaking) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her BFA in Painting and Drawing from UW-Milwaukee.

Select exhibitions of her work include: Wonder… and In the Balance, (both at Walkers Point Center for the Arts),  Poem Image/Poem Object (Woodland Pattern Book Center); Thread (invitational at UNC-Charlotte); 5IVE (traveling exhibition: Walkers Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee and Flagler College Carrera Gallery, Florida); Art Chicago (Hotcakes Gallery); Art Basel Miami (Hotcakes Gallery); Things Avian and Architectural (solo exhibition at Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts); Proscenium (solo exhibition at Wisconsin Academy of Science, Letters and the Arts), Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors Biennial, A Decade of Wisconsin Art (invitational, James Wattrous Gallery, Madison Overture Center), Diabolique (curated by Fred Stonehouse); UWM and MIAD Faculty Exhibitions. Osborne’s work has also been reproduced in literary journals and professional magazines, including The Cream City Review and the Madison Review.

Recent Work

  • Thoughts of Sky (Emily's Susan), 2004
    Thoughts of Sky (Emily's Susan), 2004