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Joel Hurlburt was born in Portland, Maine, USA, and now lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.  He received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in 2001, in Boston before moving to Stockholm in 2003.  He received his MFA from Konstfack Univeristy College of Art, Craft, and Design in 2014. In 2014/15 he began a year of research in 3D animation, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality platforms at the Royal Institute of Art (KKH), in Stockholm. He returned to the Royal Institute of Art, in 2018-19, to continue this research.

Since 2017, Joel has been a guest teacher at Nyckelviksskolan, in Lidingö, near Stockholm.

About the work

Joel’s work often focuses on issues of objecthood and the nature of the object in relation to technology.  The project Enacting Objects, marked the beginning of an on-going investigation into the hidden spacio-temporal and avisual objects of gesture and their relationship to language.  In this project things proported to be “invisible” and “immaterial” are mapped out and given a solid form.  The process and materializations from the project directly engage the latest in Human-Computer Interaction.

Joel’s curiosity for technique has led him in into a number of sculptural practices, from glass-casting and traditional boatbuilding, to the latest in 3D fabrication.  This catalog of material and process is a constant wellspring for his production.




  • Born 1977, in Portland, Maine, USA

  • Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden since 2003

  • Language fluent: English, Swedish

  • Education

2018-19 Royal Institute of Art (KKH) Post-Graduate studies: Materialities

2016 - Royal Institute of Art (KKH) Philosophy in the Context of Art

2015 - Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) /Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden                      Theory of Science and Research Methods in Art, Technology, and Design, PhD course (7.5hp)

2014-2015 - Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm Post-Graduate studies: Re:motion

2012-2014 - MFA: Art in the Public Realm, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden

2008 - Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden                  Course: Going Public

2000 - Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA   Course: Resin-bonded sand-casting

1998-2001 - BFA: 3D Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, USA

1996-1998 - Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, USA     Course: BFA studies (Fine Arts & Literature)

  • Grants

2018-2020 - Ateljéstöd, Stockholms Stad, Stockholm, Sweden

2015-2017 - Ateljéstöd, Stockholms Stad, Stockholm, Sweden

2014 - Internationellt kulturutbyte, Bildkonstnärsfonden, IASPIS, Sweden

2014 - Projektstipendium, Kulturkontakt Nord, Denmark

2014 - Projektstipendium, Ulla Fröberg-Cramérs Stipendiestiftelse, Sweden

2013 - Resestipendium - Foundation Gefeldts & Reeves Stiftelse, Sweden

2001 - Alumni Award, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, USA

2001 - Johnson´s Paint Award, The Copley Art Society, Boston, USA

2000 - Partner Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA

  • Solo Exhibitions

2018 - Dark Optics and Thick Film, Gallery ID:I

2013 - Semantic Projections, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden

2010 - Litmus Commission, Supermarket Art Fair, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

2008 - Reach Away to the Bottom Being, Gallery ID:I, Stockholm, Sweden

2005 - Väsen, Ulriksdals Värdshus, Stockholm, Sweden

  • Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 - Of What is Left, Gallery Kunstschlager, Reykjavik, Iceland

2015 - Cirkel Studien - ABF Stockholm, Sweden

2014 - Konstfack Degree Exhibition, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden

2014 - Departure Resistance, Gallery 1:10, Stockholm, Sweden

2013 - Survival of the Fittest – Concerning Circumstances, Studio44, Stockholm, Sweden

2013 - State of Mind, Lo and Behold, Art Athina, Athens, Greece

2013 - State of Mind, Lo and Behold, Supermarket Art Fair, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

2011 - Vårsalongen, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

2010 - Last, Studio44, Stockholm, Sweden

2009 - Verka, Studio44, Stockholm, Sweden

2009 - Continuous Present, Studio44, Stockholm, Sweden

2009 - Vårsalongen, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

2009 - Nano, Studio 44           , Stockholm, Sweden

2008 - Teckning, Studio44,  Stockholm, Sweden

2005 - Everything all the Time, Colony Gallery, Birmingham, England