Joseph Tuggle Lacina - Bio

  • Joseph Tuggle Lacina is an artist living and working in Grinnell, Iowa. Joe holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture with a secondary concentration in 3D Design from the University of Iowa. Joe received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art - MICA with a concentration in Painting and Printmaking.


  • Joe's artistic practice spans a wide variety of materials and techniques, utilizes a bricolage type of construction involving materials such as; kinetic components, paint, wood, and foam. His work takes on the forms of furniture, sculptures, paintings, drawings, installations, videos, and performances. 

  • Joe has been involved in a number of arts organizations over the years. From 2006 - 2016, Joe worked as the founder and Co-Director of  Grin City Collective, an artist and writers residency program located in Grinnell, IA. From 2009 -2012, Joe was the Co-Curator and one of the founding members of Extra Extra, an art gallery and performance space located in Philadelphia, PA. Joe also briefly worked at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, as a tour guide, art handler, as well as assisting with installations and documentation. Joe is currently involved in the Grinnell Area Arts Council, assisting with programming, equipment troubleshooting, and renovations.

  • Joe has exhibited work at LVL3 Gallery (Chicago, IL), Ditch Projects (Springfield, OR), Make-It-Move, Northrup King Building (Minneapolis, MN), and at the Institute of Contemporary Art - ICA (Philadelphia, PA).

  • Joe currently works at Grinnell College in the Studio Art Department as the Studio Art Technical Assistant. 



MFA, The University of Iowa

MA,  The University of Iowa

BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art


2018  Top Five, Oskaloosa Art Center, Oskaloosa, IA

2017  Intersections, Eaton-Buchan Gallery, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA

2017  K(nö)w Limits, Smith Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

2017  Post Truth, MFA Exhibition, VAB – 2nd Floor Gallery, Iowa City, IA

2016  Awkward Portal, Public Space One, Iowa City, IA

2016  Plain Landscapes, Saints Rest, Grinnell, IA

2016  Pursuit of Happiness, Legion Arts CSPS, Cedar Rapids, IA

2016  Body and Machine, Make It Move, Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, MN

2016  Art at the Edge of the Landfill Exhibition, Artisans Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA

2015  The Full-blown Bubble, Drewelowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA

2015  BYOBeamer @ PS1, Public Space One, Iowa City, IA

2014  A Pile of Time and Energy, Installation Space, Iowa City, IA

2014  cY9h3r, Des Moines Social Club, Des Moines, IA

2014  Culture Lab, Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

2014  The Chime, Grinnell Arts Center, Grinnell, IA

2014  One Night Gallery Show, Michael J. Manatt Community Center, Brooklyn, IA 

2013  Layers of Containment: Cat Castles and Curated Cocktails, GAC, Grinnell, IA 
2013  Appendix Blanket Sale, Appendix Space, Portland, OR 

2012  First Among Equals, Ditto Suite, ICA, Philadelphia, PA

2012  Community of Community, Fleisher Ollman, Philadelphia, PA

2012  Flashflood, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA

2011  Department of Alternative Affairs, City Hall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2011  A Rod Stewart Little Richard Prince Charles Manson Family, LVL3, Chicago, IL

2011  A Given Distance, Ditch Projects, Eugene, OR

2010  Soft Focus, Extra Extra, Philadelphia PA

2010  Moss Waves, My House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 




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