At the age of thirteen Joshua began his art career by selling his sculptures to art galleries. By the age of seventeen he began competing in numerous art competitions around the country where he has won many “best of show” honors. In 2000, Joshua began working on a series of cast reproductions for the Danbury Mint. After graduating from Judson University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications, he began his own wood sculpting company Guge Art, Inc. He has also taught art at Westminster Christian School in Elgin, Illinois. Josh continues to teach children and adults in his studio, surrounding communities and around the country.
In 2004, Josh and Bob Guge became co-founders of The Guge Institute and Art Studio. This studio is located in Elgin, Illinois. Guge Institute classes include painting, carving, sculpting, drawing, airbrush, design and more.
Josh achieved one of his lifelong dreams in 2009, by becoming a World Champion sculptor. He won world titles in both the life-size and miniature divisions at the World Fish Carving Championships. In 2011, Josh became a three-time World Champion sculptor by winning “Best in World” Lifesize Category at the World FIsh Carving Championship.
Being able to consult and discuss the best possible ways to carve, paint, solder etc. This allowed me to figure things out for myself as well as have the guidance I needed to make the best art I could. He is an amazing teacher!
Being able to consult and discuss with Josh the best possible ways to carve, paint, solder etc. This allowed me to figure things out for myself as well as the guidance needed to make the best art I could. He is a great teacher!
Open studio group classes where students work on their own project at their own pace is our most popular option. These classes run Wednesday nights 5-8pm for $40 per class.
One-on-one sessions are $60/hour.
More information can be found on our website www.gugeinstitute.com