Artwork by Josh Goldberg

Artist in Focus

As a child – the story goes - I had a pencil or crayon in my hand as soon as I was able to hold one. Whether in a corner of our house, on a trolley, or visiting relatives, I could be seen drawing.

As one of the youngest members of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I spent hours copying the old masters in my sketchbooks and saving my allowance to buy discounted art books.

I loved going to Fairmount Park to observe and paint the sleek racing boats skim across the surface of the river. In sunlight or rain - it was always beautiful. I imagined I was Thomas Eakins!

After tumultuous high school years, I met Harry Hasheian, an artist and mentor who changed the direction of my life. Harry provided materials and a space in his studio where we worked and spent hours critiquing our paintings.

Once I had put together a decent portfolio, I applied and was accepted to Tyler School of Fine Art for my formal art training. It was also around this time I also began the serious study of Chinese and Japanese art, language, culture, and Zen.

When I moved to Tucson with my wife Anita and two daughters, my field of vision became more expansive and contemplative giving rise to my philosophy of art that I call “Painter’s Path.” It’s about process rather than product.

Process painting is spontaneous rather than constructed. Its resolution is an undeniable Presence that confronts me waiting and enduring, self-existing, and yet, I may willingly shipwreck it. In my practice, the work reveals nothing outside itself. It becomes what it is.


Master of Art in Japanese Language and Literature – University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Ph.D. Program in Japanese Art and History – UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Master of Arts in Asian Studies, Art History, and Painting - Michigan State University, MI
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting – Tyler School of Fine Arts, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


“Finale Exhibition” – Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 2020
“One and Two Person Exhibits” – Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 2007 to 2018
“Faculty Shows” – The Drawing Studio, Tucson, AZ, 2017-2003
“One Person Exhibit” - Hansen-Stern Fine Arts, New York City, NY, 2012
“Invitational Exhibit” – Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004
“Faculty Show” – University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, 2002
“14th Biennial Drawing Exhibit” – Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 1997
“Territories of Grace” – Solo Show, Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ,1997
“Site First Annual National Competition” – Site Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 1996
“6th Southwest Biennial” – Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 1995
“New Media” – Idaho State University Museum of Art, Boise, ID, 1992


Beck, Brian. “Museum Brings Art to Schools”. Outreach UA. [Tucson, AZ], Winter 1995-96.
Lowe, Charlotte. “Three Artists Pursue Smaller Vision”. The Arizona Daily Star [Tucson, AZ].
Portwood, Pamela. “Accidental Start”. The Arizona Daily Star [Tucson, AZ], 1996.
Portwood, Pamela. “Artist’s Abstract Forms Have an Emotional Resonance”. The Arizona Daily Star [Tucson, AZ]. June 27, 1997, p.D13.
Regan, Margaret. “Oddball Media”. Tucson Weekly, June 15 – June 21, 1995.
Rosenthal, Robert J. “Josh Goldberg”. Arizona Jewish Post [Tucson, AZ], Sept. 15, 1995.
Zevitas, Steven T. New American Paintings, Open Studio Press, 1998


Goldberg, Josh. A Beggar at The Door: Longer and Shorter Psalms. Albion-Andalus Books, 2015.
Goldberg, Josh. A Thousand – and - One Nights and Twenty-Four Days, Albion-Andalus Books, 2020.
Goldberg, Josh. Eight Beggars: Concatenating Verses of Separation and Repair, Albion-Andalus Books, 2016.
Goldberg, Josh. “Hands-On: Japan.” University of Arizona, 1980.
Goldberg, Josh. “Skillful Means.” Museum Education, 1980, 1981.
Goldberg, Josh. “Students Need to Have an Expanded View of Art”. Tucson Citizen, May 10, 1994.
Goldberg, Josh. Tibetan Tankas. University of Arizona, 1980.
Goldberg, Josh. “Techniques of the Pros.” PaperWorks, Winter, 2006.


Instructor, Advanced Abstract Painting, The Drawing Studio, Tucson, AZ (2019-1982)
Guest Speaker, “Representation and the Holocaust”, Prindle Institute for Ethics, DePauw University, 2009
Adjunct Instructor, School of Art, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (1986-1984)
Tucson-Pima Arts Council, 1985-1980
Arizona Commission on the Arts, 1984-1982
Adjunct Instructor, School of Art, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ (1981-80)


Second Place, “2nd Annual Juried Competition,” Sam Houston State University, Donald Kuspit, Juror, 1998
Second Place, “Site First Annual National Competition,” 1996
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, 1980
National Endowment for the Arts Scholar’s Grant, 1978
Japanese Ministry of Education Grant, 1973


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