Biography

  Joseph Eduardo Iacona is a visual artist, muralist, community artist, and educator based in Philadelphia.  His paintings have been selected by curatorial jurors into exhibitions at The Painting Center (NYC), Allentown Museum of Art (PA), Delaware Contemporary, Delaware Museum of Art and The Marlin & Regina Smith Gallery at Kutztown University (PA).  His artwork has also been included in invitational group shows at The Clay Studio, Crane Arts: Icebox Space, LG Tripp Gallery, Little Berlin, Practice, The Thomas Eakins House and the University City Arts League. 

Joseph has facilitated several public art projects with communities throughout Philadelphia and has painted public & private murals across the region. For over 10 years, he has been active educator in Philadelphia, working as a Lead Teaching Artist and artist-in-residence for Mural Arts Philadelphia, The Claymobile, Center for Wood in Art and Main Line Art Center. His students have ranged in age from 1 to 100 and he has spent significant time utilizing art and introducing restorative practices with adjudicated youth & incarcerated adults, individuals navigating homelessness and other trauma-impacted populations.  

  Iacona has worked with the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 2012 as an artist-in-residence, museum and studio educator with programs in the museum’s education department. Since 2017, Joseph currently oversees the Delphi Programs, managing approximately twenty (20) other artists completing residencies each year with public school partners, as well as leading after-school and summer programs partnerships for Philadelphia teens.

  Joseph has been recognized as a leader in his field as a contemporary educator & teaching artist. In 2016 he was selected into the international group Art21 Educators and has authored articles as an Educator-in-Residence for Art21 Magazine. Invited as a guest speaker and presenter, he has connected with audiences in venues at Drexel University, Fleisher Art Memorial, International Institute for Restorative Practices, Pennsylvania Art Education Association, Philadelphia Museum of Art, University of Pennsylvania and the Whitney Museum of American Art.