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Local Adjunct Professor Honored For His Work

HOUSTON (Dec. 3, 2009) – At the age of eight, Joseph Kagle, an adjunct professor at Lone Star College-Kingwood, began his love of art based on the visual world around him.

With nearly 70 years in the art world, Kagle earned five special recognition awards in the seventh annual Color: Bold/Subtle Juried Online International Art Exhibitions at Up Stream People Gallery.  His artwork will be on display at the online gallery from now until November 2010.

“This is the fourth exhibition that I have entered in this gallery and gotten in each time. I have entered the next two upcoming exhibitions, but may take a break after that until I finish some new paintings in December and January,” Kagle said. “Using the gallery system is like wearing two different socks; it is only successful when people notice. When they start to expect me to wear two different socks, I become conservative and wear the same color (different material but same color) which makes people notice ‘sameness.’  I use the same technique with a gallery. When they expect it, I give them something new; when they do not expect it, I give them something extraordinary.”

The adjunct professor began his journey into the art world by taking classes for gifted children at Carnegie Museum until he turned 18. In high school, he won 51 awards in the Scholastic Art Contest and at Dartmouth College; he won a senior art award based on his portfolio.

“The only things that live after a person dies are what they do in the world and the knowledge that they leave in peoples, especially your children’s, heads. Titles and honors do not go with you but, sometimes tangible accomplishments do,” he said.  “I use the awards I get to build my resume so that Fulbrights (grants) abroad come my way in this competitive world. This is one place where more is better.”

Kagle became an adjunct professor at Lone Star College-Kingwood in 2005. Based on a deal with the college, he also participates as a Fulbright scholar and teaches art and history abroad. His artwork includes large sculptures and paintings on Guam, personal sketches, two books of visual works, written and visual works on the Internet and more.

"I enjoy what I am doing at the moment of doing it. My ideas and images come from my visual work and writing,” Kagle said. 

According to its website, Upstream People Gallery was created in the late 1990’s in order to serve artists throughout the world by hosting international juried online art exhibitions. For more information, visit http://www.upstreampeoplegallery.com/

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Joseph Kagle, adjunct professor at Lone Star College-Kingwood, earned five special recognition awards for his artwork at the seventh annual Color: Bold/Subtle Juried Online International Art Exhibitions at Up Stream People Gallery.