Joseph Eduardo Iacona is a visual artist, muralist, community artist, and educator based in Philadelphia. His work has been juried into exhibitions at the Allentown Museum of Art, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Delaware Museum of Art and the Marlin & Regina Smith Gallery at Kutztown University. He his work has also been included in shows at The Clay Studio, Crane Arts: Icebox Space, LG Tripp Gallery, Little Berlin, Practice, The Thomas Eakins House and University City Arts League. He has created several murals and community art projects, alongside youth, throughout the city of Philadelphia.
Joseph has taught in educational programs throughout Philadelphia including The Clay Studio: Claymobile, Center for Wood in Art and the Main Line Art Center. For several years Joseph served as a Lead Teaching Artist for Mural Arts Philadelphia working with adjudicated youth, trauma-impacted teens, and young people navigating homelessness & the foster-care system. Utilizing Restorative Practices, he introduced teens to new ways of thinking through public projects and education opportunities that bring contemporary art to students who need it most.
Iacona is currently in the Education Department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He is a studio educator as well as the Delphi Program Coordinator, managing artist-in-residence and after-school programs for Philadelphia Middle & High school students.
Joseph has been invited as a guest speaker or presenter at Drexel University, Fleisher Art Memorial, International Institute for Restorative Practices, Philadelphia Museum of Art, University of Pennsylvania, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
In 2016 he was invited to join an international group of teachers as part of Art21 Educators. In 2017 Joseph was honored as Educator-in-Residence and authored articles for the winter edition of Art21 Magazine.