Joan Roberts Garcia entered the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts at the age of 27, pregnant with her first of two children. Thus began two inextricably intertwined, equally demanding and rewarding yet often conflicting roles: that of a serious artist and as a single mother. She has been constant in her dedication to both. (Please see the Chronological Gallery on this site to review the development of her art works).
Joan was awarded a travelling scholarship upon graduation, which she took in Spain- three-year-old daughter in tow. The Moorish architecture excited and inspired years of abstractions in mixed media, that combined spatial and physical opposites in accumulations that forced the viewer to give up trying to focus on parts and experience their effect instead.
After years of comparing textures and patterns with natural materials and metal, Joan missed color and returned to oil painting. and two dimensional mixed media. A recurring theme is one of squashes and other organic forms, painted at dusk when they seem to disappear and become part of the darkness around them. Some of these paintings have titles that reveal themselves as self-portraits, such as, “Look What Happened to Cinderella” and “La Maternidad- perched”. The subject of redefinition that comes with later motherhood is also explored in “Once Upon a Time” a portrait of an empty rocking chair, springs exposed, caught in the shimmering light of dusk that bounces off its surface and her art studio around it.
Space and geometry Joan witnesses in landscapes are some current subjects.
Joan Roberts Garcia currently lives and makes art in both New York City and Placitas New Mexico.
JOAN ROBERTS GARCIA
ARTIST AND ART EDUCATOR
55 Bethune St, C322 NYC 10014
5 Camino de los Pueblitos, Placitas, NM 87043
2006 ABD in Art Education; Columbia University
1998 Ed.M in Art Education; Columbia University
1988 M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing; The University of Washington;
1981 Certificate in Painting and Drawing; The Pennsylvania Academy
of the Fine Arts;Philadelphia
SOLO or TWO PERSON ART EXHIBITIONS
2017. Photographs by Joan Roberts Garcia. Chase, Abingdon Branch, NYC.
2016. At Dusk. Westbeth Gallery. NYC. Two person show.
1999 Myung Sook Lee Gallery, Soho, New York
1991 Cloud Cliff Art Space, Santa Fe, NM
1986 Poe Ae Pi Gallery, Santa Fe NM
2016 Participant in the Open Studio Tour, and High Line Open Studio Tours, West Chelsea Artists
2013 The Grant Show; Westbeth Gallery, West Village NYC.
2012 1440 B Gallery, 601 W 26th St. Chelsea NYC
2010 Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Portland Maine
2009 Westbeth Gallery, NYC
2008 Faculty Exhibition, Maisley Gallery, UNM Albuquerque, NM
2007 Alumni Exhibition,PAFA, DUMBO, New York
2005 The Blossom Street Gallery, Houston Texas. "Pure Visuals".
2005 The Cafe Pink, Santa Fe New Mexico; "Artists at Work"
2004 The Historic Santa Fe Foundation, Canyon Rd. Sant Fe NM.
"Resident Artists of El Zaguan".
2001 Westbeth Gallery; NYC
1999 Centennial Juried Exhibition, The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Arts, in
The Museum of American Art, Philadelphia, PA.
1997 "Representation and Identity", Group Show, Macy Gallery,
Teacher's College, Columbia
1993 San Juan Community College, Farmington, New Mexico
1993 Juried Exhibition, The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of
the Fine Arts; in the Phillip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at
Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA
1993 Spirit Arts, Santa Fe, in Collaboration with the Barber Shop
1992 New Mexico Sculptor's Guild, St. John's University, Santa Fe, NM
1989 "New American Talent", Texas Art Association, Laguna Gloria
Museum, Austin, Texas. Juried by John Caldwell.
1989 "Women Becoming Painters", (Panelist/Presenter) Organized by
the Institute of American Indian Art, Santa Fe, NM
1984 Clifford Gallery, Dallas Texas
1980 and 1981: Juried Exhibition of the Fellowship of PAFA, Philadelphia,
AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS
2018 Soaring Gardens Artist Residency; Ora Lerman Foundation, Penna.
2013- Finalist Gottlieb Foudation Individual Support Grant
2011 Grant- Artist's Fund Inc.
2004 Invited to present at the Second World Conference on Mulla
Sadra; Tehran. Topic: "Form, Mimesis and the Metaphysical
Stance as Evidenced in Islamic and Contemporary Western Art"
2000 "The Embedded Iconography of Sigmar Polke" Chicago Art
Journal, Spring 2000.
1997 (1) Jurors Award (2) Honorable Mention and (3) Touring Citation:
"New American Talent", Laguna Gloria Museum; Austin Texas.
(Three different entries).
1986 Scholarship for Merit: School of Art, University of Washington,
1986 Poncho Scholarship; City of Seattle, Seattle, Washington
1981 from 1979: (The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts) Awards:
Henry Schiedt Travelling Scholarship '81, (taken in Spain and
Portugal); Weiner Prize for Painting and Stauffer Prize for
Excellence in Any Medium '81; Saunders Woods Prize for
Landscape Painting '79.
Private collections in the U.S and Mexico, and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD OF ART and Art EDUCATION
Continuous: Development, fabrication and exhibition of own art work
2007-2008 Supervisor of student art teachers, The University of New
2001, 2002 Bergen County Community College, NJ. Instructor of Life
Drawing I, Drawing Fundamentals.
2000 New Jersey City University: Instructor of 2 Dimensional Design.
1993 The University of New Mexico at Gallup; Visiting Lecturer. Two
lectures: "Women in European and Early American Art History" and
"A Multi-Cultural Presentation of Contemporary Work Being Done By
1992 Institute of American Indian Arts; Visiting Lecturer. "Women in Art";
presentation and lecture focusing on work by women artists.
1992 Dine Community College, Shiprock NM. Art Instructor in
Intermediate Painting and Lecturer of
"Women in Art", a cross-cultural presentation/seminar.
1990 Consultant on Art Curriculum Writing: Towards a Native American
Aesthtic, By Gloria Emerson;
Center for Research and Cultural Exchange, IAIA, Santa Fe, NM
1990 Painting Instructor, Joan Roberts Studio, Pojoaque, NM
1989 Guest Speaker, "Women Becoming Painters", forum organized by
the Institute of American Indian Art, Santa Fe, NM
1987-1988 Teaching Assistant; Beginning and Intermediate Drawing and
Advanced Painting, The University of Washington, Seattle,
K-12 ART EDUCATION
2016- Art Education demonstration to Fine Arts Teachers, with young children. Presentation to teachers and parents. Oaxaca, Mexico
2012-2016 Art Classes to children in my studio.
2007 Arts Specialist. "A Child's Garden"- Early Childhood Center.
2007- University of New Mexico, Dept of Education, Supervisor of student art teachers
2003-2005 Arts Program Specialist: Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe,
NM.Responsible for designing and implementing the first state
funded elementary art program. Duties included the development
of a visiting artist component; interviewing, support and supervision
on a content level of art teachers; curriculum development for the
visual and performing arts, and the organization of a
multicultural Arts Advisory Committee.
Spring 2000 High School Art Instructor: Ceramics and Fundamentals;
Great Neck Public Schools, Great Neck NY.
1999-2000 Art Teacher (Studio Practices, Photography, Ceramics,
Sculpture), Edward R. Murrow High School, Brooklyn, NY.
1998-1999 K-12 Art Teacher, Special Ed. Lorge Non-Public School,
Manhattan, New York.
Spring 1998 K-12 Art Teacher; P.S. 164Q. Full time replacement; multi-
cultural Public School in Queens, NY.
Fall 1998 Student Teaching; Fiorello Laguardia High School for the Visual
and Performing Arts, NYC.
1993 Art Instructor for the Summer Program, Pojoaque Schools,NM.