After serving as a combat correspondent for five years in the US Marine Corps, Joseph Mougel completed a BFA in studio art from the University of Georgia and a MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico, where he also studied video, performance, and interactive media, and participated in the field-based studio program Land Arts of the American West.
Mougel has presented his creative research at a variety of institutions and conferences, including the Postmodern Documentary Photography Symposium at Purdue University, and as a panelist at the Southeastern College Art Conferences in Richmond, VA, Savannah, GA, and Greensboro, NC, and as a featured artist lecturer at the Society for Photographic Education Southeast and the Midwest Society for Photographic Education conferences. He has spoken as a panelist in conjunction with exhibitions of his work, including Cuban Art, Books, and Contemporary Culture at RedLine Milwaukee, Identity Check at the Union Gallery, and Ucross: A Portrait in Place at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, among others.
Mougel has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including at the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee, WI, Cressman Center for Visual Arts in Louisville, KY, San Diego Art Institute, Minneapolis Photo Center, Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta, GA, Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee, WI, The Royal Photographic Society in Bath, UK, The Red House in Sofia, Bulgaria, Municipal Heritage Museum in Malaga, Spain, PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary, Bega Valley Regional Gallery in NSW Australia, Axle Contemporary Mobile Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, Elsewhere Artists Collaborative in Greensboro, NC, Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee, WI, and PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, VT, among others.
Examples of his work have been featured in catalogs and other publications, including Art Takes Miami, ARTL!ES Magazine, Art Papers, and After Image, as well as in books, such as Land Arts of the American West, End of California, and The Contact Sheet. He has participated in artist residencies, including Elsewhere Artists Collaborative in Greensboro, North Carolina, 35/35 in New South Wales and South Australia, and the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Mougel’s photographs are included in institutional collections, including the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Print Study Room at the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Green Street Press at the University of Georgia, and the Nevada Museum of Art. Joseph Mougel is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and the area head of Photography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.