About

Joseph Havel is director of the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. In 2010, the Art League of Houston named Joseph Havel as "Texas Artist of the Year." He was born in 1954 in Minneapolis and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota and a Master of Fine Arts at Penn State University. He has exhibited across the United States and abroad. His bronze sculpture "Exhaling Pearls,” from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, was included in the 1995 exhibition "Twentieth Century American Sculpture at the White House." Joseph Havel was selected to participate in the 2000 Whitney Biennial and the 2001 Phoenix Triennial. In 2006, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston hosted the exhibition "Joseph Havel: A Decade of Sculpture 1996-2006." In addition to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Havel's work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Exhibition

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2012 New Work, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
Plus or Minus, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2011 Drawings and Outdoor Sculpture, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
2010 Nothing, Yvon Lambert, New York, New York
Cockroach Poems, Houston Art League, Houston, Texas
2009 The Devil and Daniel Buren, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
I am Your Fiction, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
2008 and never at any time have you resembled snow, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
Recent Sculpture, William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
Two Sheets (to the wind), Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2007 Nothing, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Joseph Havel: Night, Baltic Center for the Arts, Gateshead, United Kingdom
Joseph Havel: Tell it to the Forest Fire, Mention it to the Moon, Center for Research in Contemporary Art, University of Texas, Arlington, Texas
2006 Joseph Havel: Drinks Are Boiling. Iced Drinks Are Boiling, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, Missouri
Insomnia, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Joseph Havel: A Decade of Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Sleep. Without. Stars. Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2005 Joseph Havel: The Arrival of the Bee Box, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
2004 Joseph Havel: Lost/Lust., Madrid: Project Rooms, ARCO, Madrid, Spain
To Bring/To Take: New Bronzes and Drawings, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2003 Joseph Havel: Desire with Lumps, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Joseph Havel: Toy, Dream, Rest, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
Joseph Havel: Le Jeu du Travailleur, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
2002 Joseph Havel: Desire, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2001 Joseph Havel: One Dozen Veils, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
Joseph Havel: Lost, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Joseph Havel: Daydream Nation, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
2000 Joseph Havel: New Sculpture, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
1999 Joseph Havel, Lost: Shirt Labels, Nothing Photographs, Dream Drawings, Galveston Art Center, Galveston, Texas
1998 Joseph Havel: Woolen Lover, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
1997 Joseph Havel, INOVA [Institute of Visual Arts], University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Joseph Havel, The Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Joseph Havel: New Drawings, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Joseph Havel: Weather, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Joseph Havel: Commun, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
1996 Joseph Havel, Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, California
Joseph Havel, Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine
1995 Joseph Havel: Present, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Corpse Blanc: New Works by Joseph Havel, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Joseph Havel, Blue Star Artspace, University of Texas, San Antonio Annex Satellite Space, San Antonio, Texas
1994 Joseph Havel: Sculpture/New Bronzes, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1992 Joseph Havel: Recent Sculpture, Davis/McClain Gallery, Houston, Texas
Joseph Havel: New Bronze and Mixed Media Sculpture, Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1991 Joseph Havel: Recent Sculpture, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1989 Joseph Havel: Sculpture and Drawings, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Introductions 89, Davis/McClain Gallery, Houston, Texas
1988 Joseph Havel: Sculpture, Davis/McClain Gallery, Houston, Texas
1987 Joseph Havel: Sculpture, DW Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Joseph Havel: Sculpture, Southwest Texas State University Gallery, San Marcos, Texas
1984 Joseph Havel, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012 Fashion, Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
Library as Memory, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
2011 Farwell, Yvon Lambert, New York, New York
the Unbearable Lightness of Being, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, New York
The Dining Room Project, The Kansas City Jewish Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
2010 Floor Plan, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2009 Dress Codes, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York
The Moon, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas
Word Play, William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
2008 Golden Rain, Michael Petry., For On The Edge: Ha Gamle Pretegarde and STAVANGER, Egeroya Lighthouse, Egersund, Norway
Futurotextiel, Broelmuseum, Kortrijk, Belgium
Material Culture, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, TCU, Fort Worth, Texas
Des Coiffes, De Coiffent, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
The Florence & Daniel Guerlain Collection – Select Drawings, French Embassy, New York, New York
2007 Amistad, Museo de Arte Moderno del Perú, Trujillo, Perú
Simple Truths, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas
Lone Star Exhibition, National Museum, Lima, Perú
Size Matters, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Everything, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2006 Drawing Inside and Out, Lawndale Center for the Arts, Houston, Texas
Contemporary Art Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Shanghai, China

2005 Double Visions, The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas
Texas Vision: The Barrett Collection, Meadows Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, Texas
Money, Baby! Artadia, Diverse Works, Houston, Texas
2004 Borderlands: Images, Objects & Identity, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
Fight the Power, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France
5 Years of S.M.A.K., Stedlijk Museum Voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
Around the World in Forty Years: Selected Sculpture from Art in Embassies Program, Department of State, Washington, D.C.
Objects of Our Desire: Sculpture from the Sheldon, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska; traveled to Dallas, Texas
Patrons Choice: The Silver Anniversary of The Museum Collectors, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Whiteness, A Wayward Construction, University of Virginia Museum of Art, Charlottesville, Virginia; traveled to Laguna Museum, Laguna Beach, California
Joseph Havel/ Richard Serra: Works on Paper, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
2003 Joining/Collage, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
White Hot, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Flip, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
25th Anniversary Show, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Contemporary Texas Artists in France, Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Embassy, Residence Weber, Paris, France
2002 Labyrinths, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Burning Desires: Acquisitions 1997-2001, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
Escape from the Vault: The Contemporary Museum’s Collection Breaks Out, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
New Directions in Contemporary Art, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, Department of Art and Art History, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
Made in U.S.A., Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Monochrome, Mostly, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas
Line, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Domestic: Artists Transforming the Everyday, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas
Systems Order Nature, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
110 Years: The Permanent Collection at the Modern Museum of Fort Worth, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
2001 The Draftsman’s Colors: Fourteen New Acquisitions from Johns to Chong, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
Inside and Out: Contemporary Sculpture and Video Installation, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Florida
Phoenix Triennial, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Black and White and a Little Bit of Color: Selections from The Contemporary Museum’s Collection, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
Space: Sculptor’s Drawings, Drawings About Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
2000 Vernon Fisher, Joseph Havel, Terrell James, Dean Ruck: Drawings, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Leandro Erlich, Terrell James, Joseph Havel and Dean Ruck: Four Artists from Houston, The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas
Showroom, The Arts Center of the Capitol Region, Troy, New York
Whitney Biennial of American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
Crossing State Lines: Texas Art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Eight from Texas, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie Rohloff, Karlsruhe, Germany


On the Ball: The Sphere in Contemporary Sculpture, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Texas Draws, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas
House of Sculpture, Modern Museum of Art, Fort Worth, Texas; traveled to Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Some Kind of Wonderful: Part I, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Street Life, Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas
First Decade: Highlights from The Contemporary Museum’s Collection, Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
The XMAS Project, Kent Gallery, New York, New York
New Acquisitions, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
1998 Interactions: Mark Gomes, Joseph Havel, Lisa Ludwig, Susan Schelle, Freedman Gallery, Center for the Arts, Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania
Visions, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1997 Works on Paper, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Serial Imagery, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Landscape: The Pastoral to the Urban, The Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
American Images: The SBC Collection of Twentieth-Century American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; traveled to The Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
1996 Three Visions., El Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Shopping, Deitch Projects, New York, New York
Shirts and Skins: Absence/Presence in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
1995 Das Pop, Donna Beam Gallery, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada
Evocative Objects, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas
Gallery Artists Installation, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Joseph Havel and Lisa Ludwig: Material Differences, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas
Joseph Havel/George Stoll/Meg Webster, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Twentieth-Century American Sculpture at the White House, The First Lady’s Garden, Washington, D.C.
Genesis in Fire: Works form Green Mountain Foundry, The Glassell School of Art, The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
1994 Uncommon Objects, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Gallery Artists Installation, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Private Identity, Public Conscience: Contemporary Works from the Museum’s Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Drawings, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1993 3-D Rupture: Dave Darraugh, Sharon Engelstein, Joseph Havel and Annette Lawrence, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas
Summer Selections, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Sculptors & Paper, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Light, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Virgil Grotfeldt/Joseph Havel/James Surls, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
Texas Contemporary: Acquisitions of the '90s, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Small Wonders, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1992 Urban/Suburban, The Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas
Thirty Prints, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Out of Bounds: Contemporary Sculpture Takes Shape, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Vernon Fisher/Joseph Havel/Douglas MacWithey, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
re: Creation, Re-Creation, Recreation: Art from Found Objects, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas
1991 An Anniversary Exhibition, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
The State I’m In: Texas Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
Material As Message, Glassell School of Art, Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Ship Shapes: An Exhibition Celebrating the Texas Seaport Museum, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas
1990 Ordinary as Extraordinary/ Object as Subject, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas
Multiples. Davis/McClain Gallery, Houston, Texas
1989 Another Reality, Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston, Texas; traveled to The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas
A Century of Sculpture in Texas: 1889-1989, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas; traveled to Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, Texas; San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
Works on Paper, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
The Artist’s Eye, DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas
Tracking Information: Drawings by Sculptors, Amarillo Arts Center, Amarillo, Texas
1988 Joseph Havel Sculpture/Michael Miller Paintings, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas
X500X: A Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1987 Found, DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas
1986 3 Sculptors—Francis Bagley, Linnea Glatt, Joseph Havel, Austin College, Sherman, Texas
Art in the Metroplex, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
1985 Four Sculptors, College of the Mainland, Texas City, Texas
1984 Nine Sighted: Clay Sculpture in Texas, Midtown Art Center, Houston, Texas
1983 Showdown: Perspectives on the Southwest, The Sculpture Center, New York, New York
Houston Showdown, DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas
1982 Texas Sculptors Invitational, Pensacola Community College, Pensacola, Florida
1979 MFA Exhibition, Pennsylvania State University Museum of Art, University Park, Pennsylvania