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.

Currently, he will be participating in the Konstfack/KTH Doctoral Program course Theory of Science and Research Methods for Art, Design, and Technology, during the spring and fall of 2015. 

About the work

Joel has become more focused 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 the invisible and immaterial is 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
  • Education

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, Sweden, Course: Project Year, 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 sandcasting

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

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

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