An award-winning poet and playwright, Josepha Gutelius made a radical shift to visual art in 2015. Her paintings explore a broad range of contemporary life, with all its vitality, crises, and grim humor. She received a generous grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for her painting series “The Silence of Nowhere.” In 2021 she was interviewed on Yale University Radio where she discussed her latest painting series, “Inhabiting New Earth.”
Her paintings have been exhibited at Albany Institute of History and Art, Emerge Gallery, Site: Brooklyn, Circle Foundation Art Expo NYC, Albany Center, Art Forward/Blouin International, Opus 40, WAAM, First Street Gallery NYC, Barrett Art Center, Kingston Annual, and the Center for Contemporary Art, among others. Earlier in her career, Josepha was cultural correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, where she championed the new wave of post-Expressionism; she’s written art criticism for Berliner Blaetter and forewords to artists‘ catalogues, and was a member of the now-legendary Berliner Maler Poeten, (Painters/ Poets).
In 1980, she and her husband made a permanent move to Saugerties where she began publishing poetry, short stories, and stage plays — several as fictionalized accounts of artists, notably Penny, which was included in the anthology Best New Writing 2013.