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Joshua David Wilichowski was born in 1975 and raised in Marathon City, a small farming community in central Wisconsin. The men in his family consisted largely of farmers, factory workers, and skilled laborers, while the women were primarily homemakers. His mother, a homemaker, routinely stressed the importance of art in his life, and provided Wilichowski with a variety of opportunities to express himself through different media and materials starting at a very early age.

Wilichowski's father, an auctioneer by trade, would bring him along to help set up and prepare for auctions. Regardless of the venue, be it a farm, businesses and or household, he was charged with the tedious job of sorting through the various drawers, tool chests, and cabinets so that the contents could be categorized and boxed up for sale. The opportunity to dive into the owner's belongings gave Wilichowski a chance to visualize why these items had been acquired and speculate about the personal history of the object over the life of its possession. Sometimes, the former proprietor's family members would save a piece or two from the auction block. This was usually followed by a voluntary regaling of the family member's past experiences and memories connected to each thing. It was these experiences that fostered Wilichowski's acute awareness of the intimate connections we form with the objects around us, as well as the use of these items as landmarks for time, emotion, and identity.

Wilichowski graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1998, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on Drawing and Sculpture. Five years later he once again chose to attend the University of Wisconsin – Madison for graduate school. He graduated with both a Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis on Drawing and Sculpture in 2007. During his career as a student, he was awarded numerous awards, including an Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from Sculpture Magazine. Wilichowski continues to remain active in the artistic community and shows both nationally and internationally. He currently resides in North Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife and children.