hi, my name is joe ford. i am an artist and professor of digital design at arkansas state university. my current work is a third-person, passive and slightly bemused look at the near future, surveillance and our complicated relationship with technology. the materials and techniques that i use and the aesthetic choices i make oscillate between those of traditional home-building and house-keeping and the stuff of 21st century digital culture.



BFA 1997 - Arkansas State University

Study Abroad 1997 - Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

MFA 2001 - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Work Experience:

2012 - present - Assistant Professor of Digital Design, Arkansas State University Department of Art, Jonesboro, AR

2010 - 2012 - Art Director, True VM, Jonesboro, AR

2007 - 2010 - Art Director & Brand Manager, Jimco Lamp and Home Decor, Bono, AR

2005 - 2007 - Assistant Director of Grants & Sponsored Programs, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ

2002 - 2005 - Executive Director, City Without Walls art gallery, Newark, NJ

2001 - 2002 - Curator of Prints, Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, New Brunswick, NJ

Recent Exhibitions:


Artist/Inventor, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC


51st Annual Juried Exhibition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA

Chimera, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR (two person exhibition)

The DAM Show, Reservoir Gallery, NY, NY

Home Ec, Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS


Faculty Biennial, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

Failures, Kresge Gallery, Lyon College, Batesville, AR

Recent Awards and Publications:


Provost’s Faculty Development Award - “Physical Computing and the Internet of Things”

Publication: “Embracing Failure, Challenging Art”, Number:78, Spring 2014

Publication: “Review of Failures Exhibition”, Number:78, Spring 2014

Publication: “Regional Update: Northeast Arkansas”, Number:80, Fall 2014


National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow - Humanities & 3D Visualization Summer Institute, Arkansas State University & The University of Arkansas.