Joshua Enck
Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Academic & Professional Excellence Award (Teaching & Research)
Project Title: Art, Design, and Craft: Utilitarian Metalwork in India
Field of Study: Arts
Home Institution: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Host Institution: Ansal University, Gurugram, Haryana  
Grant Start Month: August, 2018
Duration of Grant: Five months

Joshua Enck
Brief Bio:

Mr. Joshua Enck is an abstract sculptor and art educator. He received his BSAS in architecture from the University of Illinois (1999) and his MFA in furniture design from the Rhode Island School of Design (2003). As a sculptor, he creates lyrical yet succinct forms that surprise viewers with complex geometries and jaunty stances. His sculptures capture the tension between the spontaneity of the imagination and the restraint of meticulous craftsmanship. Mr. Enck employs labor-intensive metal fabrication and woodworking techniques to realize challenging compound-complex curves, angular geometries, and the intersection of disparate volumes. He continually experiments with materials and techniques to express new possibilities, creating an eclectic oeuvre united by his engagement with formal abstraction. His work has been exhibited in solo and museum shows in the United States and recognized by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Society for Arts and Crafts. He was recently awarded a Windgate ITE International Residency. Mr. Enck currently teaches drawing at the University of Rochester. Previously, he taught foundations studies and furniture design at the Rhode Island School of Design for 10 years; he has also taught at Williams College, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the University of Illinois School of Architecture Study Abroad Versailles Program.

Mr. Enck’s Fulbright-Nehru project combines research on utilitarian metal vessel production and teaching at the Sushant School of Design at Ansal University, Gurgaon. He is researching the fabrication of metal vessels such as brass lotas, aluminum milk cans, and copper katoris, with the goal of documenting living craft traditions, learning metal fabrication techniques to use in his own art making, and collaborating with Indian artisans. As a teacher, he is engaging students in studio-based problem solving using open-ended prompts that challenge students to explore and innovate.