Joey Foster Ellis

Co-host, Curator, TEDxFactory798
Doha, Qatar

About Joey Foster


Joey Foster Ellis (born August 27, 1984), a native of Upstate New York, received his BFA from Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in 2009, becoming its first American graduate. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout Asia and North America and is in numerous private collections. He has received several site-specific commissions, including Greenpeace, Bank of America, Chevron and Manulife and his work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time and Newsweek. Ellis is a recipient of the 2010 TEDGlobal Fellowship[1]and was selected by The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum as one of 40 Under 40, a major exhibition highlighting the work of forty artists born since 1972. He lives and works extensively throughout Asia, currently residing between Beijing and Jingdezhen.


Chinese, English

TED Conference

TEDGlobal 2010

Areas of Expertise

Ceramic Sculpture and Installations, Fibers and textiles, Printmaking, Metal Fabrication, China and Greater Asia, Design, The Middle East, qatar

An idea worth spreading

It's not always about crossing the line but sometimes about staying on the line, that grey area in between being the outsider and being an insider. An area where you can look objectively at two cultures while creating one of your own as well.

I'm passionate about

I'm obsessed with the tactile process of creating art, literally getting my hands dirty with materials that come from China’s natural and artificial landscape.

Talk to me about

Your passion. Where you found it and what you do with it. But most of all the story of how you got where you are.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Joey Foster Ellis
Posted over 3 years ago
Derek Sivers: How to start a movement
Is this the first time the leader ever danced? No. There is a previous story here about the past and what made this guy get up. I myself have started things, had followers, they left........ but I kept dancing. I was my own follower, in fact at times it was harder than when I had followers that motivated me. But you keep doing it because you believe in it, and if you started it in the first place without believing then that is your mistake. Still don't look only at yourself, don't think the world abandons you're dance. Maybe because your no Beyonce, you just don't got the grooves (just yet). When no one follows also look to the world, sit back down, embrace the otherness, try to learn and improve yourself. Then stand up once again.