Joseph Marsh Sheridan Biography

Joseph Marsh Sheridan

American

1897-1971

Biography

Painter, muralist, ceramicist, and printmaker Joseph Marsh Sheridan was born in Quincy, Illinois on March 11, 1897. He received his formal art education at Beloit College, where he received his BA in 1922, and at the Art Students League in NYC and the Art Institute of Chicago. He taught English and theater in Quincy and in Roswell, NM until 1928 when he abandoned that line of work to concentrate solely on art.

From 1929 to 1930 he was an art instructor at the University of Minnesota, and in 1931 he moved to Berkeley, California, establishing a studio and studying under Hans Hofmann at UC and under Archipenko at Mills College in 1933. He worked for the WPA's Federal Art Project in the graphics division before traveling throughout the Southwest, living for a time with the Navajo nation in New Mexico and Arizona.

In the mid-1940s he worked in the art departments of the University of Arizona and Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. He continued to paint throughout his teaching career, working in watercolor and tempera. His works are often abstract, symbolic, or strongly influenced by Cubism; he signed his paintings simply "Joseph." 
Sheridan died in Fresno, CA on March 3, 1971. 

Exh: Minneapolis Inst., 1930; AIC, 1931, 1933; Gump's (SF); SFAA; Oakland Art Gallery, 1932-45; SFMA, 1932-45; Allied Arts Festival, LACMA, 1936; Mills College; UC. In: UC; Piedmont High School (mural); Mills College, Oakland (mural); SFMA; Castlemont High School, Oakland (mural); Berkeley Public Library; Univ. of Minnesota; Beloit College; Oakland Public Library.