Joseph Holston's abstract cubist style has evolved over a fine arts career spanning more than twenty-five years. He is a critically acclaimed artist who has exhibited at numerous museums and institutions, including the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio; the Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Museum, Washington, DC; the Fort Worth Museum of Fine Art, Texas; the Afro-American Museum, Philadelphia; the King-Tisdell Cottage Museum, Savannah, Georgia; the Arts Program Gallery at the University of Maryland; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the APEX Museum, Atlanta, Georgia; and the DuSable Museum, Chicago. His work was also included in the exhibition "American Painters in Paris," and the Department of State's "Art in the Embassies" program.
He has also exhibited and been a guest lecturer at DePauw University, the University of Maryland, the University of Dar Es Salaam, Howard University, Bowling Green State University, and the Visual Arts Center of NW Florida. His work has been commissioned by the AFL-CIO, the Miller Brewing Company, the National Urban Coalition, the National Medical Association, Gallo Winery, and the Washington Urban League. Holston was selected to be the official artist of the Chicago Jazz Festival in 1996 and 1997.
Works by Joseph Holston are included in numerous museum and institution collections. Among these are the Butler Institute of American Art, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis, Maryland; the King-Tisdell Cottage Museum, DePauw University, Howard University, Montgomery County, Maryland; the George Meany Center for Labor Studies, the Hubert H. Humphrey Collection, the Evans-Tibbs Collection, and New York City's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Holston's works are also included in many private collections, including those of Michael Jordan, Jesse Jackson, William Moyers, Wynton Marsalis, Cicely Tyson, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Vernon Jordan, Patti LaBelle, Angela Bassett, Bryant Gumbel, the President of the National Baseball League, Leonard Coleman, and the CEO of the Mill Pond Press Companies, Richard Mitchell.