MA Louisiana State University
An advocate for marginalized artists, Joseph Givens specializes in the scholarly investigation of overlooked and neglected art movements. He has presented papers at the International Comics Art Conference in conjunction with ComicCon International and is a contributing author to Oxford Art Online’s Grove Dictionary of Art. His current research, a biography of artist Robert Williams, the originator of Lowbrow Art and co-founder of Juxtapoz magazine, is a collaborative project with Williams and Professor Darius Spieth. In 2014, Juxtapoz magazine praised Givens’s underground art course as the only known class in existence where modern and contemporary art that emerged from outside the traditional historical canon is thoroughly explored.