Joshua Watts
MFA, University of South Dakota; BFA, Bradley University

Originally from the United States, Joshua Watts received his undergraduate degree from Bradley University and Master of Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota, with a concentration in Printmaking. His work has been featured in over 70 group and solo exhibitions across the United States and internationally in venues including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Venice, Portugal, Malaysia, and Dubai. Notable exhibitions include Colorprint USA, ISEA 2014, Art Dubai, Douro Printmaking Biennale, and the Southern Graphics Council Traveling Exhibition.

His work explores notions of location, viewer engagement, personal histories, and the discovery of identity through interaction with others. The recent lightbox works incorporate transitory imagery activated by either the viewer or ambient light, providing alternative readings of the images and ideas presented through his artworks.

Since 2008, Joshua Watts has been an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at Zayed University in Dubai, UAE. Students in his Printmaking courses interact with the international art community through exchange portfolios each semester. Recent examples include Alberta College of Art and Design, West Virginia University, VCU Doha, and University of Hawaii at Hilo. Teaching a variety of courses in printmaking, mixed media and book structures, the sustained development of his own work continues while promoting the aesthetic, conceptual, and expressive growth of students in his courses and public workshops. To see more of his work online or to contact this artist, please visit


Dubai Academic City, Dubai


+971 4 402 1311

Teaching Areas

Printmaking, Book Structures, Senior Thesis

Research and Professional Activities

Viewer-activated lightbox installations, public installations