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Joseph Gabriel Strickland


Assistant Professor of Photography & Digital Media, Chair of Digital Media Art & Design


College of Arts and Sciences

Office Location:

Bristol Campus: Sells 206

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Joe Strickland is an artist working within the photographic medium. The majority his work focuses on social issues that are represented by architecture that is devoid of human presence. Instead of highlighting an individual, this work draws attention to a space that has been created and impacted by humans. His most current work explores the status of manufacturing in America.

Originally from North Carolina, Strickland earned his Bachelor of Science in Technical Photography from Appalachian State University. He then worked professionally in commercial and retail photography for several years in the Charlotte area market before returning to academia to pursue an advanced degree.

Strickland earned his Master of Fine Art in Photography from Utah State University. He has returned to Appalachia to continue his career in the medium and lives in Bristol, Tennessee. Strickland’s work is exhibited internationally and has been featured in many juried, group, and solo exhibitions as well as in publications including magazines, journals, blogs, and anthologies. Strickland is Assistant Professor of Photography and Digital Media and serves as Chair of the Digital Media Art & Design department at King University.


MFA Studio Art, Photography - Utah State University, 2012

BS Technical Photography - Appalachian State University, 2007

Recent Publications and Presentations


Questions with and Educator: Joe Strickland. American Society of Media Photographers. Web Blog.

Onishi Project: Summer Group Show III, Onishi Gallery, New York City, NY 

Absences, LoosenArt Millepiani Gallery, Rome, Italy 

Solo Exhibition, Northeast State Community College, Blountville, TN

Edge of Faith (Magazine). Vol. 2, no. 1


Concept 2017: The Third International Exhibition on Conceptual Art, CICA Museum, Seoul, South Korea

Expressions, Longford Digital Arts, Longford, Ireland

Abstract Mind: The Second International Exhibition on Abstract Art, CICA Museum, Seoul, South Korea

Ink & Letters (Journal), vol. 3, no. 1


Solo Exhibition, Slemp Gallery, Mountain Empire Community College,

Big Stone Gap, VA

Clouds, Intersect Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO

E.W. King Library, King University, Bristol, TN


E.W. King Library, King University, Bristol, TN

Solo Exhibition, Fleenor Gallery, Bristol Public Library, Bristol, TN

Art D’Vine, Believe in Bristol, Bristol TN/VA

Rich Community: An Anthology of Appalachian Photographers, Sapling Grove Press

Current research

Professor Strickland is currently photographically exploring concepts relating to the status of manufacturing in America and the current state of the energy industry.  Please see his work on his website: www.joe-strickland.com

Courses recently taught

DMAD 2000 LECT History of Photography
DMAD 2200 LECT The Arts in Historical Context
DMAD 2900 LAB Project Lab I
DMAD 3020 LECT DSLR/DSLM Video Production
DMAD 3030 LECT Advanced Lighting
DMAD 3900 LAB Project Lab II
DMAD 4900 LAB Project Lab III
PHOT 1010 LECT Photographic Foundations
PHOT 2010 LECT Digital Photography
PHOT 3010 LECT Lighting