Photo by Leo Holub

Photo by Leo Holub



Joseph Zirker, NA is the recipient of a 2004 Pollock-Krasner award and an elected member of the National Academy of Design. He is known worldwide as an innovator in monotype and printmaking. His works are represented in private and public collections, both in the USA and abroad.

He holds the degree of MFA from the University of Southern California, where he taught printmaking. He has lectured at Stanford University, San Jose City College and Portland State University. His workshops have been held at Drake University, Rice University, Cooper Union School of the Arts and in several art academies in Belgium and the Netherlands. He is listed in Who's Who in American Art.


University of California at Los Angeles, 1943-44, 1946-47
University of Denver, 1948-49, B.F.A.
University of Southern California, 1949-51, M.F.A.
Tamarind Lithography Workshop - Printer Fellowship, 1962, 63, 64
Tamarind Lithography Workshop - Research Fellowship, Fall 1964

Teaching Experience

University of Southern California, 1951, 63
Hollywood Art Center, Los Angeles, California, 1951
Chouinard Art Center, Los Angeles, California, Summer 1963
Los Angeles County Art Institute (Otis), Evenings, 1963-64
San Jose City College, San Jose, California, 1966-80, Fall semesters only 1980-84
Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, Summer Sessions 1984, 85
Stanford University, Stanford, California, Spring Quarter 1981, Summer Quarters 1982, 83, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90