JOAN GIORDANO | CONSTRUCTIONS: mixed media paper sculpture

JOAN GIORDANO | works on paper

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Much of my work incorporates paper of some kind. Paper serves both as the matrix of my imagination and the embodiment of the forms I make. I feel it is imbued with a presence that evokes history and the passage of time. The insertion of texts alludes to the ubiquitous media spin and myths, woven directly into the fabric of the paintings, sculptures and mixed media installations.


Awarded a graduate fellowship to Hunter College, Joan Giordano holds an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, where she studied with George McNeil. Soon after graduating from Pratt, Giordano attended the Printmaking Workshop in New York and continued creating large format lithographs with Bob Blackburn. She continued printmaking at the Art Students League, and again at the League's summer project space in Woodstock, NY.

Giordano lives and works in New York City and upstate. She is represented by June Kelly Gallery, New York and has enjoyed more than sixty museum and gallery exhibitions, both nationally and internationally.

She is the recipient of several residencies, awards and honors: including a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts including residencies at: YADDO Foundation, Saratoga Springs, NY; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA; Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY; Awagami Paper International in Tokushima, Japan; and Conversations In Contemporaneity, Otronto, Italy.

Her work has been written about in The New York Times, Art in America, ArtNews and CitiArts. She has been an invited to conduct lectures, workshops and symposiums at museums and art institutions in Chile, Italy, Japan, Korea and Greece.


  • 2018 Joan Giordano/Overview 1993-2018, Catskill Arts Center, Livingston Manor, NY

  • 2016 Woven In Time, June Kelly Gallery, New York

  • 2015 News REDUX, Alliance Gallery, Narrowsburg, NY

  • 2013 Text, H. Pelham Curtis Gallery, New Canaan Library, CT

  • 2012 Spinout, June Kelly Gallery, New York

  • 2010 Waxed In Time: 4 Takes on Encaustic, Tenri Cultural Institute, New York

  • 2009 Time Travelers, Serrano Contemporary Gallery, New York

  • 2008 Collective Identities, Lawrence Gallery, Rosemont College, Philadelphia

  • 2007 Presences, Tenri Cultural Institute, New York

  • 2006 A Mano, The Gallery at Chelsea Eye, New York

  • 2005 Kozo Nexus, Sumi, W Broadway, New York

  • 2005 Brambles & Pods, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York

  • 2004 Transforming Textures, Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY

  • 2004 Arrested Light & Texture, The Trenton City Museum of Art, Ellarslie, NJ

  • 2003 Three From Artist Equity, Blue Hill Cultural Center, Pearl River, NY

  • 2002 Uncommon Connections, DVAA Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY

  • 2001 Skin: Structure & Form, Staten Island Museum, NY

  • 2001 New Work, Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, NY

  • 2000 New Work, The Art Center, St Petersburg, FL

  • 2000 Made In Japan, Robert Furst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA

  • 2000 Work from Japan, American Museum Of Papermaking, Atlanta, GA

  • 2000 New Work, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York

  • 1999 Steel Angels Museum Tour


  • 2018 Paper Moon, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Crete, Greece

  • 2017 The Language of Hands, Westwood Gallery, New York

  • 2017 Out of Bounds, C Fine Art & The White Room Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

  • 2017 The Right To Be Human, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, Greece

  • 2016-17 Murder She Wrote, The Shiva Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York

  • 2015 Whispers: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cyprus, Greece

  • 2015 The Empty Spaces Project: Woven Tail Gallery Exhibit, Putnam CT

  • 2014 Recontextualizing The Found : Shiva Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

  • 2014 The Rule of Law & the Right to be Human, Athens School Of Fine Arts, Greece

  • 2011 Sofia International Biennial, Sofia, Bulgaria

  • 2011 Veridian Annual Juried Show, curated by Elizabeth Susan, Whitney Museum, New York

  • 2011 The Great Hudson River Exhibition, Hudson River Museum, Beacon, NY

  • 2011 Art On The Edge, curated by Rocky Pinciotti, The Hawley Silk Mills, Hawley, PA

  • 2010 Fabrications, curated by Cynthia Reeves Gallery, Newport Mills, NH

  • 2010 Waxed In Time, Art Link Gallery, Seoul

  • 2010 Shanghai Contemporary, Fu Xin Gallery, Shanghai

  • 2009 Flags Of The Spirit, 1st International Women Artists Biennale, Incheon, Korea

  • 2009 Encaustic Invitational, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ

  • 2007 Pulp Fiction, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

  • 2007 Paper Cuts: The Art of Contemporary Paper, Exhibits USA Museum Tour

  • 2007 New Works, Westbranch Gallery and Sculpture Gardens, Stowe, VT

  • 2006 1st Annual Encaustic Invitational, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson AZ

  • 2006 New Works, Westbranch Gallery and Sculpture Gardens, Stowe, VT

  • 2005 Invitational, SOHO 20 Gallery, New York

  • 2005 Elizabeth Rice Gallery, Sarasota, FL

  • 2003 The World of Paper, Museo National Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile

  • 2001 Waxing Poetic; Encaustic Art in America, Montclair Museum of Art, NJ

  • 2001 Artist Equity, Blue Hill Cultural Center, NY

  • 2000 Paper Road, International Association of Hand Paper Makers & Artists Museum Tour

  • 1999 Fiberarts International Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

  • 1995 New Talent, Alan Stone Gallery, New York


  • American Museum of Papermaking, Atlanta, GA

  • Archives  of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC

  • The Art Lab, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY - Founding Advisory Board of Directors

  • ATOA: Artists’ Talk on Art, New York - Board of Directors

  • SOHO 20 Gallery, Brooklyn - Advisory Board of Directors

  • World Crafts Council North America, UNESCO - Member Board of Directors

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  • American Museum of Papermaking, Atlanta, GA

  • American Telecast International, Philadelphia, PA

  • Art In Embassies Program, U.S. State Department: Nicosia, Cyprus; Ancara, Turkey; Vienna, Austria; Sophia, Bulgaria; Zambia

  • Awagami Museum Hall Of Awa, Tokushima, Japan

  • Best Products Co, Inc, Sidney Louis Collection, VA

  • CBS, New York

  • Diray TV, Wilton CT

  • College Of The Desert, Palm Springs, CA

  • Coopers And Lebrand, New York

  • Crosslands Savings Bank, New York

  • David Garth Associates, New York

  • Diversified Pharmaceutical, Philadelphia, PA

  • Ellen Noel Art Museum Of The Permian Basin, Odessa, TX

  • Ensslin & Hall Advertising, Tampa, FL

  • Goodyear Tire Corporation, Washington, DC

  • Governor Hugh Carey, New York State

  • Gunn, Fish, Meade Associates, New York

  • Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Gardens, North Salem, NY

  • Health South, White Plains, NY

  • Henry Buhl Collection, New York

  • Housatonic Museum Of Art, Bridgeport, CT

  • Howard Rubenstein Associates Of New York

  • Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, IA

  • John Anthony Design, New York

  • Lasser Marshall, Inc, New York

  • Liberty Property Trust, Minneapolis, MN

  • Longview Art Museum, Longview, TX

  • Media Syndication Global, New York

  • Merrill Lynch, New York

  • Metropolitan Savings Bank, New York

  • MOMA, Print Collection, New York

  • National Gallery of Ary, Sofis, Bulgaria

  • National Museum of Contemporary Arte, Crete, Greece

  • New Jersey State Museum, Trenton NJ

  • New York Public Library, Print Collection, New York

  • North Carolina National Bank, Tampa , FL

  • Pepsico Inc, Purchase, NY

  • Pierre Cardin, Paris

  • Price Waterhouse, Hackensack, NJ

  • Property Resources Corporation, New York

  • Savannah College Of Art And Design, Savannah, GA