Joe Smigielski received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Wayne State University in 1994.  He began his career teaching art to elementary school students whose joyful spirit and freedom, he acknowledges gratefully, continue to have an influence his work.  Joe began supporting himself solely through sales of his artwork in 2000.   Joe  moved to Chicago in 2003.   He and his photographer wife Tracey make their home  and studio in  Rogers Park.