Joe Walters, born Kentucky in 1952, is widely shown throughout the Southeast, Florida and New York. The same year he moved to Charleston he received a Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship. He had received a South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellowship in 1996. He has exhibited at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Florida, Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina, SECCA in North Carolina and Piccolo Spoleto: Contemporary Charleston 2004. He holds a MFA in sculpture from East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. His sculptural installations are included in such notable collections as the Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, Clemson University and Emory University, Atlanta. His works are in collections at the AON Center, Monsanto Corporation, Fujisawa Healthcare Inc. in Illinois; Agnes Scott College, InterContinental Hotel, Emory University, IL British Airways, and Hartsfield International Airport in Georgia; the Mint Museum, Spirit Square Center for the Arts, Charlotte in North Carolina; Clemson University, University of South Carolina at Sumter and Palmetto Bluff Resort in South Carolina; the United States Embassy, Istanbul, Turkey; and Metro Zoo, University of Florida, School of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville and in Costa Rica.
Walters has had solo shows at Mint Museum of Craft & Design in North Carolina, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Kentucky, Jacksonville Museum of Art, Florida, The Landmark Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock as well as the Halsey Gallery at College of Charleston and the Museum of York County, South Carolina. Included in group exhibitions from Florida to California, Walters has also been show at Art Miami and the Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, California.