Joseph O’Sickey

Archived in 2000


Joseph O’Sickey, born in Detroit in 1918, has been an artist his whole life. After his family moved to Cleveland, he attended Saturday classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland institute of Art. Eventually, he received his bachelor’s degree from CIA in 1940. As an undergraduate, he studied with Henry Keller, Paul Travis, Frank Wilcox, William Eastman, Carl Gaertner, Rolf Stoll, Kenneth Bates, and Victor Schreckengost. During WW II he served in the U.S. Army in Africa, lndia, and Burma and continued with his art, creating 750 drawings. After the war, his creative career included 18 years in graphic design and freelance illustrating for advertising firms and department stores. He also became involved in creating cartoons; some of his cartoons appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, and Fortune. He married Algesa in 1947. O’Sickey went on to teach at Ohio State University, the Akron Museum of Art, Western Reserve University, and Kent State when he taught for 25 years beginning in 1964.

O’Sickey won the Cleveland Arts Prize in 1974. His work is in the permanent collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Canton Art institute, Butler institute, Roy Lichtenstein Collection, Leonard Baskin Collection, German Seligmann Collection, and many more.