New York City-based artist Joel Carreiro has shown his work nationally and abroad at the Brooklyn Museum, the University of Richmond Museum, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, the Alternative Museum of New York, and MoMA PS1; and in galleries in New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, England, Germany, and Ireland. He has taught at Hunter College since 1986 and has directed the M.F.A. program since 2000.
Carreiro has been a visiting artist at colleges and universities, as well as at The Anderson Ranch in Colorado and Haystack Mountain School in Maine. He has had residencies at Artpark in Lewiston, New York; Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York; and at the Cill Rialaig Project in Ballinskelligs, Ireland. He has received grants from the City University of New York, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. As an independent curator, he has curated exhibitions at the Marshall Arts Gallery in Memphis; the University of Tennessee–Knoxville; the Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn; the Hopper House Art Center and the Rockland Center for the Arts in Nyack, New York; and the Intar Gallery and the Lab Gallery, both in New York City.
Carreiro cites several Cornell professors as mentors and influences on his career, notably Professor Norman Daly, who was "a wonderful, brilliant, and often hilarious teacher, mentor, and guru." Carreiro still shows Daly's work to his students and, when getting together with old friends from Cornell, "We entertain ourselves by exchanging 'Normisms' (some say 'Dalyisms') and hilarious comments Norm made to us in class. For example, 'Oh Joel! The lower left quadrant of your painting! It cries out with a despair that cannot be denied!' He was right — it did."
Professor Emeritus Stephen Poleski convinced Carreiro to move to New York City, and "also flew me and a friend upside down over Manhattan in his biplane, doing dives and barrel rolls in response to dancers on the ground in Soho."
Carreiro is currently working on a catalog and solo shows at Murray State University in Kentucky, and at the Latvian Art Academy in Riga.
He received a B.F.A. from Cornell in 1971, and a M.F.A. from Hunter College of City University of New York in 1982.