Director of First Year Program, Associate Lecturer
MFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BFA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Josie Osborne is Director of The First Year Program in Art and Design and Associate Lecturer in the Peck School of the Arts. She also serves on the City of Milwaukee Arts Board and its Public Art Subcommittee, as well as on local and regional arts initiatives and is President of the UWM LGBT Alumni Chapter. Prior to coming to UWM in Fall of 2008, Osborne served for nearly 10 years at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design as Director of Community Outreach, taught in their First Year Program program and led annual NYC art-related trips through their Continuing Education program.
Osborne's studio investigations combine printed and collaged images with whimsical assemblage constructions. Her work has often been inspired by memory and the poetic space or connections that exist between things. In January, 2008 she was invited to participate in a month-long international studio residency at Fundacion Valparaiso in Mojacar Playa, Spain. Osborne has acted as curator for local exhibition venues, most recently serving as a co-curator of Miller and Shellabarger: Hiding in the Light at UWM's INOVA gallery and Quiet at Walker's Point Center for the Arts. She offers professional development workshops through both UWM's Art and Design Professional Practice class and Milwaukee Artist Resource Network's MARN Mentor Program for which she has also served as a mentor.
She received her MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Graphics (printmaking) in 1998 and is an undergraduate alumna of UW-Milwaukee in Visual Art (drawing and painting) and Art History and Criticism. Select Exhibitions include: Thread, UNC-Charlotte, Invitational small group exhibition, Charlotte, NC; Art Chicago (Hotcakes Gallery); Art Aqua Miami (Hotcakes Gallery); 5IVE, Flagler College, St. Augustine Florida; A Decade of Wisconsin Art, James Wattrous Gallery inaugural exhibition, Overture Center, Madison, Wisconsin; INSITE: Public Art Installation, You Are Beautiful; Diabolique, Walkers Point Center for the Arts invitational, (Curated by Fred Stonehouse); Things Avian and Architectural, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (solo exhibition); Proscenium, Wisconsin Academy of Science, Letters & Arts, (solo exhibition, Critic's Pick, Shepherd Express)