Josh Short is an interdisciplinary artist that uses sound, installation, and broadcasting to create immersive experiences that frame contemporary American mythologies and rituals. Machines, pirate radio, and cultural detritus are used to create interactive environments to let the viewer explore their inner desires, breaking the internal dialog we carry with us into everyday life.  Notably his recent project, The Speed Trials Arcade, merges remote controlled vehicles, exercise equipment, and radio to create analog driving simulators that explore the uniquely American relationship to automobiles, and the supply chain. Josh is also the founder of the Cardboard Institute of Technology, a collaborative group that creates immersive installations completely out of cardboard. Josh is also the founder of Bomb Shelter Radio, an ongoing Radio project that creates temporary low powered FM radio encounters all over the country. Often these projects take the form of site specific installations that utilize materials gathered from the local environment. In 2019 Josh started a 24 hour online element of his radio practice. He performs weekly live broadcasts.

After graduating with an MFA from UC Davis in 2009 Josh was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, and a graduate fellowship at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2010. Josh has had several solo exhibits at venues including the Bedford Gallery, Johansson Projects, The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and the Exploratorium. Josh has been an resident artist at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Yaddo, Joan Mitchell Center, and Crosstown Arts. He regularly tours the country operating his mobile radio station “the Lucille Valentine” and as of 2024 he is building a new FM radio broadcasting station out of a 1968 Cadillac Coupe Deville named Doris. 


Did an Artist Talk at Sierra College in Nevada City. I covered some topics including cardboard sculpture, travel, radio, getting art into the world, art as a lifestyle, and adulting.  

Cadillac Coupe DeVille update, Interior is done. New wheels are in the mail. We’ll get those on over the next couple of weeks. 

It’s my one year aniversery at my Job here at CSU Cal Maritime, so far so good, I really dig running a Makerspace, I get to make stuff all day long in the shop and I don’t have to give grades.

Taveled to Texas to get married to Courtney aka Lady Fingerpop, then traveled to Taos NM to create Taosburg at the Imagine Museum.


Josh Short
2009 Master of Fine Arts, University of California Davis, CA, Studio Art
2005 Bachelor of Arts, San Francisco State University, CA, Conceptual Information Arts

Solo Exhibitions / Engagements:

TaosBurg | Imagine Museum, Taos NM
Supply Chain Issues | Fort Mason Center, San Francisco CA
The Cardboard City | Bay Area Discovery Museum CA

Outside the Box | Atlassian, San Francisco CA

The Speed Trials Arcade: Jackson Hole | West Weird Gallery, Jackson Hole WY

Bomb Shelter Radio SF | The Growlery, San Francisco CA
BSR Motel tour pt.1 & 2 | Reno NV, Rock Springs WY, Rapid City SD, Estes Park CO, Grand Island CO, Los Vegas NV, Amarillo TX, Colorado Springs CO, St. George UT 
The Speed Trials Arcade: Memphis | Crosstown Arts, Memphis TN

Wildcard aka. "The River" | Exploratorium, San Francisco CA
WILD ONE 66 USA | Cork Arts District, Jacksonville FL

"Lucille Valentine Tour" Bomb Shelter Radio | Jackson Hole WY, Memphis TN, Lincoln NE, Omaha NE, New Orleans LA, Jacksonville FL, Los Angeles CA
Bomb Shelter Radio: Omaha | Milkrun, Omaha NE

Bomb Shelter Radio Monster Truck | Pier 70 San Francisco CA
These Are My Friends | SFAQ Project Space, San Francisco CA
Bomb Shelter Radio: Memphis | Amurica, Memphis TN

Going to Church | Smokey Hills River Festival, Salina KS
NorthWesternPacificStandardOilCrisisLLC | Salina Art Center, Salina KS

Aura of a V8 | Evergold Gallery, San Francisco CA

Trudge | San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco CA

Cardburg 2012: The Super Track | Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek CA

Bomb Shelter Radio/Tenderloin Self Defense Club | Evergold Gallery, San Francisco CA

Stronghold vr.2 | DiRosa Preserve, Napa CA
Control Room | Johansson Projects, Oakland CA
Sub-terrain | Exploratorium, San Francisco CA

Tailgate Party | Soap Gallery, San Francisco CA
BLACKGOLD | Evergold Gallery, San Francisco CA


Hold’n it Down | Playspace Gallery @ CCA, San Francisco CA
Touch Down Jesus | Evergold, San Francisco CA
Break In Case of Emergency | Recology, San Francisco CA

Hard Economic Times: Solo Show | New House Gallery, Ross CA

“The CardBurg 500” CIT | LOBOT Bottom Gallery, Oakland CA

“Welcome to CardBurg” CIT | Cellspace, SF

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Material Handling | Axis Gallery, Sacramento CA

Holiday Bizaar 2019 | Visions West Contemporary, Denver CO
Under the Stars | Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin CA

First Spring./ Prim(av)eira. | Saguao- Galeria Experimental, Viseu, Portugal

Recology | San Francisco International Airport, CA

Streetopia | Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco CA
Caravaniversary | Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin CA
Invisible Relics | Parkside Gallery, San Francisco CA

Everything Never Goes Away | Lost Coast Cultural Machine, Fort Bragg CA
Mad World: Messages to the Future | Galleria De La Raza, San Francisco CA
Cream: From the Top | Marin MOCA, Marin CA

“All Bottled Up” CIT | Million fishes Gallery, San Francisco CA
MFA Selections | DiRosa Preserve, Nape CA
JMF Graduate Exhibit | CUE Art Foundation NYC

MFA Thesis Exhibition| Nelson Gallery, Davis CA

MFA First Year Show | Pence Gallery, Davis CA 

Railway Stories| Log Cabin Gallery, Davis CA

Artist Residencies:

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Resident Artist 2023
Teton Artlab/ West Weird Gallery | Artist in Residence 2019
The Growery | Artist in Residence 2018
Crosstown Arts | Artist in Residence 2018
Yaddo | Artist in Residence 2017
Long Road Projects | Artist in Residence 2016
The Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans | Artist in Residence 2016
Bemis Center for the Arts | Artist in Residence 2016
Tetons Artlab | Artist in Residence 2015
Art Farm | Artist in Residence 2014
Monhois Do Dao | Artist in Residence Portugal 2014
Salina Art Center Kansas | Artist in Residence 2014

Virginia Center for Creative Arts | Artist in Residence 2014
Camp CARPA | Artist in Residence 2013

33 Officina | Artist in Residence Toffia, Italy 2013

Vermont Studio Center | Artist in Residence Fellowship Award 2013

Evergold Gallery Bi-Yearly Artist in Residence 2012

DiRosa Preserve Artist in Residence 2011

Exploratorium Artist in Residence 2011

Graduate Fellowship Award Headlands Center for the Arts 2009

Recology | SF Waste Management Artist in Residence 2010

Guest Speaker, Panel and Visiting Artist:

Sierra College 2024
Crosstown Arts 2018
University of New Orleans 2016
University of Memphis 2015
Tetons Art Lab 2015
Salina Art Center 2014
San Jose Discovery Museum Presenter 2013
Exploratorium/MAKE Magazine Presenter 2011

“Cream: From the Top ” Panel 2010

Oxbow School/ Intervention and Cardboard Workshop 2009
De Young Museum / Mapping the City Symposium: Panel: “Urban Tactics: Artists Interventions in Public Space” 2007
UC Davis / Art and Techno-culture Department, Visiting Artist 2006

San Francisco Art Institute / Issues Around Public Art Production, Visiting Artist 2006

Awards and Honors:

Artist in Residence Full Fellowship Award / Vermont Studio Center 2013
SECA Award Nomination 2010, 2012, 2014
ProArts 4×4 Award Nomination 2010
Joan Mitchell Foundation Award 2009
Faye Nelson Award 2009
Freemond Gadberry Student Award 2009

Dedalus Foundation Nomination 2008

Marylou Osborn Award 2008

Illick Award | Best In Show Stillwell Gallery Annual Student Exhibition 2003

ADPSR (Architects Designers Planners for Social Responsibility) Postcard Competition winner

Teaching Residencies / Arts Education:

CAL Maritime Academy / Maker Space Director 2023-current
Oxbow School / Head Faculty 2016-2017
Oxbow School / Sculpture Faculty Summer 2011-2017
Out of Site Art Center / Visiting Artist 2010

Branson School of the Arts / Visiting Artist 2010
University of California Davis / Associate Instructor Sculpture Winter 2009 

University of California Davis / Associate Instructor Drawing Fall 2008

Montalvo Art Center | Headrush Collective / Lead Artist 2008
Oxbow School / Painting Faculty Summer 2007, 2008
Columbia Park Boys and Girls Club / SOEX, Carnaval / Location Project: Lead Artist 2007
Cell Space Art Center | Resident Artist Spring 2007, Fall 2006
World Savvy | Artist-Mentor Fall 2006