Joe retired from Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) on December 27, 2013 as the Lead Creative Designer, managing a team of artists and creative designers along with a variety of design driven projects for the Walt Disney World portfolio and also served as the Principal Concept Designer. His creative responsibilities included concept artwork to illustrate a variety of ideas for themed environments and assisted project teams assigned to developing Disney theme parks, attractions, resorts and the Disney Cruise Ships. Renown for being a skilled artist within WDI, he also created artwork for reproduction, and many of his creations are on display throughout the Disney theme parks and resorts.
Joe’s last project before retiring from WDI was painting a portrait of Walt Disney for Disney’s Golden Oak Resort Club House. A few other significant projects include posters designed to illustrate the American Adventure attraction and the Millennium Celebration at Epcot. He has also designed a mural for the Emporium merchandise store in the Magic Kingdom and produced the pictorial illustrations for many of the billboards down Hollywood Blvd. and Sunset Blvd. at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guest rooms at Disney¹s Coronado Springs Resort and Disney¹s Yacht Club Resort also feature reproductions of Joe’s artwork.
After earning his MFA from the University of Wisconsin in Painting, Drawing and Design, Joe taught drawing at Wayne State University in his early career. Internationally, he taught Painting and Drawing and was the Head of the Department of Fine Art at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. He has also exhibited his paintings nationally and internationally. Upon his return from East Africa, Joe’s career diverted from fine art to interior design. For eight years and prior to joining WDI, he worked as an interior designer specializing in hospitality design for Holiday Inns in Memphis, Tennessee.
Joe and his wife Lori live in the Central Florida area with their children and grandchildren living near by.
Imagineering, A Behind the Dreams Look at Making MORE Magic Real
By The Imagineers
With Melody Malmberg
Disney Editions, Welcome Enterprises, 2010
The Art of Walt Disney World
Written by Jeff Kurtti
Designed by Bruce Gordon
Disney Editions, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2009
A Camphor Tree Book
The Imagineering Workout, Exercises to Shape Your Creative Muscles
By The Disney Imagineers
Compiled and Edited by Peggy Van Pelt
Disney Editions, 2005
A Camphor Tree Book