Joseph Scheer

Professor of Printmaking
Expanded Media
School of Art and Design


  • MA/MFA: Printmaking, University of New Mexico, 1987


Joseph Scheer Co-Director
Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University (IEA at AU)

Joseph Scheer is a Fulbright Scholar, Professor of Print Media, and Co-Director/Founder of the Institute for Electronic Arts at the School of Art and Design, Alfred University, New York. He has recently been elected Vice President of the International Academic Printmaking Alliance (IAPA) whose headquarters are in Beijing China. He has served as a panelist for the Fulbright Scholar Program for Mexico and Central America 2015 - 2017. He has also been a panelist for the NYFA print and drawing grants and was selected to be a nominator for the Macarthur Foundation. He received an MFA from the University of New Mexico in 1987.

His current works, which span print media, video, and web based projects, use technology to re-examine nature through interpretive collecting and visual recording. His work is in numerous international collections. This past summer a large selection of his work were featured in: China’s First Printmaking Festival and Exhibition, Guanlan Museum of Printmaking, Guanlan, China and the POP Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Other recent exhibitions have taken place at The Yantai Museum of Art, Yantai, China the National Museum of China, Beijing, and T+H gallery Boston, MA. A recent show that traveled to four major museums in Sweden was comprised of 100 large format prints.

He has been invited to be a visiting artist lecturer over 70 times in locations spanning Europe, China, Australia, New Zealand and the United states. This past year includes: Tsinghua University, Beijing, University of New South Wales, Australia, Jilin College of Art, Changchun, China and the Central Academy of Fine arts in Beijing.

There are two notable books published about his work: Night Visions, the Secret Designs of Moths Prestel and Night Flyers, Nexus Press. His work has been written about in over 120 books and periodicals including: National Geographic, four articles in the New York Times, ArtNews, ArtForum, Science, Nature, Forbes, American Photo, DERSPIEGEL, and The Chronicle for Higher Education.

Interviews and discussions of his work have appeared on ABC News, The One Show, BBC News, Arts and Minds, of BRAVO TV, and Inside KUAT- TV/PBS, Tucson AZ. He has appeared on NPR in 8 locations across the country including; Fresh Air, NPR interview by Terry Gross and on a live one hour program, Of Moths and Myth, the connection – Hosted by Dick Gordon, WBUR Boston.


  • Fulbright- Garcia Robles research Grant- The Moths of Sonora, Sonora Mexico
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, The State University of New York
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, The State University of New York
  • Research & Scholarship Award, Research Foundation Honors Leading Faculty Scholars and Scientists, The State University of New York
  • Awards in Recognition of Artistic Merit, The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts
  • The Stiftung Buchkunst Award “ Best Design Books of 2003,” for “Night Visions – The Secret Designs of Moths” Frankfurt, Germany
  • 16th Annual Gold Ink Award, Silver award for printing -Moth Prints, McCormick Place, Chicago, Graph Expo
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Alfred University
  • Nexus Press Project Grant
  • Frederick J. Ohara Print Award, Fine Arts Museum, Santa Fe NM
  • Buffalo News Award for Printmaking, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Co-Director Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA),
  • Vice President, International Academic Printmaking Alliance, Beijing China (IAPA),
  • Member of the NENUART Steering Committe, Teaching Steering Committee of Fine Arts National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center at Northeast Normal University (NENUART) ,
  • Invited Inaugural Member - China International Design Educator Association (C-IDEA) global design educator association to serve for China design education and research.,
  • Member - Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI),

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