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Joël Urruty

Grand Prize Award Recipient
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Joël Urruty
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Joël Urruty resides in Western North Carolina. As a sculptor working in the abstract, he is inspired by the human form, architecture and nature. Sculpting in wood, bronze and stone, Joël creates elegant minimalist sculptures with a modern aesthetic. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Art, Asheville Museum of Art and the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Joël Urruty holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from San Francisco State University and a Master of Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Artist Statement

"My work is a study of form, line and space. I strive to create abstract sculptures that are visually appealing and evoke emotion."

Joël Urruty was born in San Francisco in 1968. The oldest son of Basque immigrants he went on to pursue studies in design, art and woodworking. He has been a working artist since 1997.


1996 MFA in Woodworking and Furniture design, Rochester Institute of Technology, School of American Crafts

1992-1993 Woodworking apprenticeship with David J. marks, Master Craftsman

1992 Bachelors of Science in Industrial Technology, San Francisco State University


2007 Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA: Shy Boy, She devil and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft Selections from the Wornick Collection

Philadelphia Museum Craft Show

2006 Smithsonian Craft Show

2004 Fuller Craft Museum, Brockville, MA: Cut it Out

WDO gallery, Charlotte, NC: The Language of Wood

2002 WDO Gallery, Charlotte, NC: Two Man Show: Joël Urruty & John Goodheart

2001 The World Competition of Arts and Crafts, Kanazawa, JAPAN

The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA: Two Man Show: Joël Urruty & Rolf Hoeg

SOFA Chicago: represented by Andora gallery, Chicago, IL

2007 represented by del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005- 2006 Represented by Finer Things Gallery, Nashville, TN

1998- 2004 SOFA NY: represented by del Mano gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005- 2007 represented by Finer things gallery, Nashville, TN

2003- 2004


2013 Merit award Caldwell sculpture celebration

Best in show, Road trip, Hickory Art Museum

2012 Merit award, Caldwell sculpture celbration

2004 Residency Fellowship, International turning Exchange, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA

2000 Merit Award, Images 200, Robeson Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1999 Richard Guggenheim Award, Best in 3D, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA Honorable Mention, The Muse Gallery: National Juried Show, Philadelphia, PA

1996 Art and Design American Craft Scholarship, Rochester Institute of Technology Graduate Department Scholarship, Rochester Institute of technology Grovewood Scholarship, Asheville, NC


Shy boy, she devil, and isis: the art of conceptual craft, by MFA publication, Julie Muniz

Connections: International Turning Exchange 1995-2005, Wood Turning Center

Wood Art Today, Dona Z Meilach Scratching the Surface, Art and Content in Contemporary Wood Art,

Michael Hosaluk Tradition in Contemporary Furniture,


Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA

Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC

Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI


Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner VA

Essex House, NY, NY

Setai Hotel, NY, NY

City of Hickory, Sally Fox park, Hickory NC

Saks Fifthe Ave. 

Tiffany & co. 


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