Joe Chesla creates art derived from the elemental materials of nature. Most recently, he has explored employing rust from tools and other objects along with free drawing. Chesla originally was inspired by the rust patterns on a cast iron sink, seeing the beauty in the imperfect. That aesthetic has evolved into one-of-a-kind mineral-infused “rust” and “salt” prints, which are created by exposing specially treated fibrous paper to the natural processes of oxidization.
Chesla also is a skilled sculptor and heads the sculpture department at St. Louis Community College – Meramec. He received his MFA from Utah State University and has studied in France and Japan. In 2016, he was a resident artist in Poland. Chesla served as preparator at The Walker Art Center in Kansas City and as head preparator at Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City. He is an international exhibitor and the recipient of numerous awards.