Joseph Havel


Joseph Havel (born 1954) is a postmodernist American sculptor who was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Havel earned a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota and an MFA from Pennsylvania State University. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship in 1987 and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Artist's Fellowship in 1995. He lives and works in Houston, Texas and is Director of the Glassell School of Art.

His work is in public collections in the U.S. and abroad including:

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston The Menil Collection, Houston The Whitney Museum, New York The Dallas Museum of Art The Federal Reserve, Dallas The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth The Academy of Art, Honolulu Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis The Centre Pompidou, Paris The French Ministry of Culture, Paris Portland Museum, Fundacion Rouge, Paris Stedelijk Museum voor Actuelle Kunst, Ghent, Belgium

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Sculptor who is known for using and transforming commonplace objects, particularly fabric; included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial.

Country of birth

United States


Artist, sculptor

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Joseph Havel

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