Joe Riley attended Cooper Union where he studied art and helped organize the longest student occupation in United States history. He is an artist, printer, Master of Yachts 200-ton Offshore Limited Mate, and a member of an award winning team in the 2013 traditional fish soup cook-off in Donji Milanovic, Serbia. His work as an artist is an effort to locate tangible, material experience near the intersection of history and storytelling, and along the fringes of public space. He has biked atop abandoned railroads in the western U.S. and paraded a mobile pirate radio network around Kiev, Ukraine. In 2012-13 he was a resident faculty member at Bruce High Quality Foundation University and in 2014 a resident at Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.