Joseph Race"s first foray into art was in 1976 when the head of Alverno College's Art Department accepted him as a "private student" (He was not admitted to the college as a regular student, in part because Alverno was an all girls college; a fact that did not dissuade him from applying.) He continued pursuing this interest in fine art while living in Paris, London and Boston.
In London his artisitic endeavors broadened to include performing art. He studied jazz dance for a year at London's Pineapple Dance Sudio. After returning to the States, the performing arts and fine arts merged into a series of drawings and paintings focusing on dance. In the early 1980's he shifted mediums from canvas to copper, with the focus remaining on dance. He studied sculpture at the University of Wisconsin and later at New Orleans Academy of Fine Art.
For 20 years his art was sporadically produced as he pursued a career in environmental law. Moving to Western North Carolina in 2003, sculpture has reemerged, with an expanded focus on the athlete and musician.