Joe Murphy

Joe Murphy taught film, video and audio production and criticism courses at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. from 1975 to 2014. He has been independently producing documentaries for over thirty-five years and in 1989 and again in 1994, he was awarded a Visual Artist Fellowship by the N.C. Arts Council.  In his most well-known work, he uses the camera to explore how people in our culture place extraordinary significance on the commonplace, such as their hair, cars, shoes, or food.  In his later work he has tried to confront, in an almost auto-biographical way, his own aging and his lifetime battle with Type I diabetes. His programs have been broadcast nationally and internationally on public television, including the broadcast of Auto Bond on the PBS series, POV.  

He has recently been learning to create oil paintings under the guidance of his artist wife, Rebecca Alexander.