• Catching Up With Joan Cox, Winner of the 2022 NOT REAL ART Grant

    Catching Up With Joan Cox, Winner of the 2022 NOT REAL ART Grant

    Catching Up With Joan Cox, Winner of the 2022 NOT REAL ART Grant
    Joan Cox has kept busy since winning the NOT REAL ART grant in 2022. “Right after I won the grant, I think I was in about 20 exhibitions, all in one year,” says the Baltimore-based painter, who departed for the nation’s capital with her wife and daughter in tow soon after our interview. There was yet another exhibition to attend—this one she wouldn’t miss for the world.

    “After winning this grant, I also applied for the Portraits exhibition with the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington D.C. (GMCW). My work was selected as one of nine portrait paintings where they commissioned custom lyrics, music, and dance for each painting,” says Joan. The painting, “Night Hunger,” portrays Joan and her wife wrapped in an afghan blanket on their couch, an intimate scene that inspired GMCW member Richard Clawson to compose “For Us.” Performed at the Kennedy Center by GMCW and 17th Street Dance, “the song is about a whole universe happening in this room behind closed doors.” Learn more about the Portraits project here.

    Lesbian painter Joan Cox joins us to discuss her two-year whirlwind of residencies, exhibitions, and awards since winning our biennial grant for artists.
    ‘Night Hunger’
    The performance comes after a two-year whirlwind of exhibitions, residencies, and awards. Joan’s creative relationship with Michael Swank, director of Art Gallery Studios, prompted an online solo exhibition, a group exhibition in Mexico, and an online residency with other like-minded LGBTQ+ artists. The work these artists produced during the residency appears in Vol. 4 of The Bureau of Queer Art, a print magazine curated and produced by Michael Swank.

    The corresponding exhibition, Pink Tide, features two of Joan’s paintings—“Duo Totem” and “I Was Once a Tomboy”—and runs through Aug. 3, 2024, at Damas Gallery in Ventura, CA. Download a free PDF of the The Bureau of Queer Art: Pink Tide here.

    Joan also served as a judge for the NOT REAL ART grant this year, bringing her work with us full circle. “I don't know how I won this grant.” She laughs, marveling at the exceptional submissions from our largest pool of applicants to date. “I'm really honored, and I feel excited about my work, but wow, the quality of work that I personally reviewed was amazing.” Despite her busy schedule, Joan has no plans to slow down. Later this summer, her solo show Totem opens at the International Art and Artists Hillier Gallery in Washington, D.C. “A totemic portrait is like your spirit animal,” says Joan, explaining that most of her work is symbolic. “It’s like your inner spirit coming through your portrait.”

    What have you been up to since winning our grant two years ago?
    Joan Cox: Since the award, I’ve been following a lot more opportunities online. I've been getting accepted into almost every show I apply for, which is amazing. To the point where I'm like, wait, is it my work now? Is it culture? I think culturally, LGBTQ+ work and figurative work are at the forefront right now and are desired. When I search for “call for entries,” and I search on “portrait,” “figurative,” “queer,” “lesbian,” and “women,” I'm getting one opportunity a month, whereas, before it'd be once a year that something might align with my work.

    How did you use the funds?
    JC: I'd been working in my home studio for the past 10 or 12 years. I had an attic space with two rooms and a basement space where I worked on paper, but the scale of my work has been getting bigger and bigger. It was really tight [in the attic], so I got an outside studio space in a massive warehouse. The grant covered a year's rent on an outside space and enabled me to work on multiple large paintings at a time.

    An excerpt from Joan Cox’s spread in ‘The Bureau of Queer Art, Vol. 4: Pink Tide’
    What trends are you seeing in the art world? What trends are you seeing in queer art?
    JC: The overall trend in the art world, besides figurative, is specifically figurative Afrofuturism work. Queer art is still only taking a tiny little slice of the pie in terms of attention-grabbing museum shows and bigger shows in general. But 10 or 15 years ago, I searched everywhere, and you just got the usual sort of photographers from the ’70s. Until Instagram exploded, it just wasn’t easy to find other queer artists making anything valuable.

    The work happening now, and the work being discovered by [Michael Swank] in particular, is immensely deep personal work in all different mediums. It's not just photography. I feel like queer art only used to be photography or a little sketching. I mean, face it, to paint somebody who's gender neutral is tough because you make a painting and everyone thinks, that's a boy or that's a girl, and you can't paint someone in between. When you see someone in real life, I think the human brain instantly picks up all different kinds of cues about gender identity or ethnicity, and when you try to capture that in a painting, it becomes difficult. So I understand the prevalence of photography, but it’s good to see painters and artists working with fiber and sculpture and exploring their trans identities and even just physical bodies changing. There's just a plethora of really, really good work happening.

    Tell us about your residency with the Bureau of Queer Art.
    JC: It was 12 weeks. We met online every week for an hour and a half, and two or three of the artists each week would present their work, where they're at, and what they're working on. And then all culminated in [Pink Tide]. But my work is big oil paintings with lots of layers that take a year at a time. When the residency began, I was sort of in the last stretch of a nine-foot-tall painting to get comments and some guidance on just little things, but it’s so important because I'm working solo in my studio, I'm working behind closed doors. Meeting with other artists was like grad school again, which was great because I had these other artists at different levels.

    You meet with a curated group. [Michael Swank is] very good at curating a group of artists who will be helpful to one another in the type of work they do rather than whatever random six people apply this cycle. Some are younger, some are older, some are trans, some are men, but we're all in this queer bubble. So, we all have similarities in what we want to communicate in our shared stories.

    Lesbian painter Joan Cox joins us to discuss her two-year whirlwind of residencies, exhibitions, and awards since winning our biennial grant for artists.
    ‘I Was Once a Tomby’
    As someone who’s been on both sides of the grant process, what advice would you give to emerging and first-time applicants?
    JC: It's just a technicality, but make sure you have a good photograph. I tend to hire art photographers because my work has a shine on it, but sometimes, when it's last minute, and it's still in the studio, and I've got to get it out the door, I just do my best with a cell phone. But take a good photograph, crop it, take the extra background out, and try to present the work with its own story behind it. Don't put in a drawing of the beach along with a painting of a spoon and something else that's unrelated. Make sure your work is related. Really consider your work and make sure it's related and that it's all one body of work so that it can come across clearly to the judges.

    What advice would you give to young queer artists who are finding their place in the art world?
    JC: It's so much easier these days than ever. Just be on Instagram all the time following calls for art and entries. Search all the time for opportunities to get your work out there to get seen and, if nothing else, to meet other queer artists where you can maybe get that feedback. Yeah, it's tough, but it's easier than it has ever been right now. It's always tough. I always tell people, family especially, it's like trying to be a rockstar.

    There are a thousand ways to do it. You can be the craft artist who goes to all the fairs every weekend, drags all their stuff around, and sells a hundred pieces a week. Or you could be like me, painting for a year, showing it six times, and still not even selling it. There's every different kind of place and space, and you have to maneuver them and decide who you want to be. Do you want your work in galleries? Do you want your work in people's houses? Do you want your work in front of the public? Are you just making it for yourself? Do you want to make one thing, repeat it, and sell it? You have to figure it out.

    Lesbian painter Joan Cox joins us to discuss her two-year whirlwind of residencies, exhibitions, and awards since winning our biennial grant for artists.
    Joan Cox (center) enjoys Pink Tide’s opening night at Damas Gallery with her daughter Alexis (l) and wife Mare.
    Joan Cox: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Download Pink Tide

    This interview has been edited for length and clarity. All photos published with permission of Joan Cox.

  • ‘Portraits’ offers thoughtful storytelling told through art, music, dance

    ‘Portraits’ offers thoughtful storytelling told through art, music, dance

    ‘Portraits’ offers thoughtful storytelling told through art, music, dance
    Kennedy Center world premiere on June 16 features lesbian artist Joan Cox
    Published 1 day ago on June 7, 2024 By Patrick Folliard

    ‘Night Hunger,’ a painting by Joan Cox
    Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington
    Sunday, June 16, 5 p.m.
    The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    2700 F St., N.W.

    Right on time for Pride, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. (GMCW), presents “Portraits,” a one night only, not to be missed, world premiere concert at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

    Without the camp found in some of GMCW’s terrific holiday programming, “Portraits” is 90 minutes of thoughtful storytelling told through visual art, music, and dance. Several years in the making, the uniquely collaborative effort covers a lively spectrum of sexual, gender, racial, ethnic, and cultural identities in a nine-movement oratorio commission, combining the stunning work of nine visual artists, nine composers, and nine choreographers, sung by the Chorus and featuring 17th Street Dance.


    “For Us,” one of the nine musical pieces, is anchored by “Night Hunger,” a striking oil painting by Baltimore-based lesbian artist Joan Cox. Selected through open competition, her compelling piece is a double portrait featuring the artist and her wife Mare at home reclining on a couch in their lived in home. With her canvas, Cox simultaneously achieves a sense of strength and profound yet casual intimacy.

    “It’s a big painting (50 x 60 inches). Really big, featuring partners on a sofa perfect to hang over a sofa,” she says with a chuckle. “For ‘Portraits,’ the idea is my painting and the other exciting works will be projected onstage at the Kennedy Center with music and dance sort of like mini-musicals.”

    Completed in 2012, while Cox was part of a Massachusetts College of Art and Design residency program in Provincetown, “Night Hunger” proved a seminal moment for the artist both personally and professionally. “I’d been closeted for a long time, and this work helped me to deal with outness and where I wanted to go as an artist,” she says.

    With its figures’ recumbent poses and direct engagement with the viewer, the work harks back to the Odalisque, a genre traditionally painted by and for men. But not so here. Cox says, “You can come into this intimate space, but not too far.”

    The musical element of the collaboration comes compliments of Richard Clawson, a longtime singing member and commissioned composer for Atlanta’s OurSong, an LGBTQ choral group with a rich history and a strong commitment to promoting acceptance, diversity, and social justice through music.

    After hearing Cox reflect on her painting, about it not being geared toward the male gaze, Clawson had an increasingly clearer vision as to what her vibrant painting was all about. Admittedly, he is guided more by words than images. He says, “words tell me where I’m going.”

    Not comfortable as a lyricist, Clawson tapped friend Caroline Peacock, an amateur lesbian poet and fellow chorister at OurSong, to provide the words. She was happy to oblige.

    When neither writing nor singing, Peacock is an Episcopal priest and chaplain educator who directs the Spiritual Health program at Emory Winship Cancer Institute. She says the lesbian connection with a work isn’t its only strength. It must be celebrated for its kindness and tenderness too.

    The final bit of magic sprinkled upon the collaboration is choreography. With “For Us,” it’s James Ellzy, a family physician at the Defense Health Agency by day, and choreographer/dancer/chorister the rest of the time, who brings it together.

    “By the time it gets to me, the painter, composer, and lyricist are done. But for the choreographer, it’s just starting,” Ellzy says. “My job is to explore the back story and bring it to life. For this piece, I’m using two blankets from the original painting and bringing them out to something new.”

    A lyric from “For Us” reads “not for the gaze of men” The choreographed piece includes a female couple and dance corps who are purposely not looking at the two women at times, especially when the “gaze of men” is sung.

    Ellzy’s connection with GMCW began as a guest artist in 2010 and then joining in 2011. He’s a baritone in the Chorus as well as a board member, and describes the interdisciplinary “Portraits” as extremely unusual but possibly comparable to Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday at the Park with George” in which the painting comes to life.

    All the “For Us’” artists are honored to have been selected to participate, and are looking forward to their respective efforts being shown/sung/heard at the Kennedy Center, especially during Pride month. It’s not an everyday occurrence, they agree.

    Cox is thrilled how the collaborative team has been absorbed by the artistic and personal details involving her 23-year long love story. She’s delighted by the experience, saying the work validates her journey as an artist and an LGBTQ advocate.

    And Peacock, speaking for the group, sums it up: “It’s incredibly gratifying to do things that bring us joy, and when those things have a place in our world, it’s a great gift.”


  • Six - September Art Exhibits

    "Earthquake Picnic"
    MassArt X SoWa Gallery
    Boston, Massachusetts
    August 26 – October 15
    3rd Annual Alumni Group Exhibition at Massachusetts College of Art & Design opens Friday night!

    Friday, September 1, 5 PM – 9 PM
    CLOSING RECEPTION: Friday, October 6, 5 PM – 9 PM

    "The Inevitability of Absence"
    Culture Lab at the Plaxall Gallery
    Long Island City, New York
    August 31 – November 19
    Curated by Tess Howsam and featuring the immersive performance, “The Incomplete Collection” by Linked Dance Theatre.

    OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, September 3, 2 PM — 9 PM

    "I am here"
    Studio Montclair Gallery
    Montclair, New Jersey
    September 15 – October 20
    A collaboration with OutMontclair at the Studio Montclair Gallery that explores what it means to be queer and be ourselves.

    OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 22, 6 PM — 9 PM

    "Nor'Easter: The 53rd Annual Juried Members Exhibition"
    New Britain Museum of American Art
    New Britain, Connecticut
    September 21 — October 8, 2023
    This prominent show highlights the exceptional work of emerging artists in all media in a museum setting.

    Saturday, September 23, 12 – 1:30 PM

    "Artscape B23"
    Artscape Baltimore Gallery Space
    16 W North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland
    September 22 — 24, 2023
    Artscape will include visual art exhibitions, main stage music
    performances, culinary delights, community gathering spaces, immersive family & youth experiences, an artist marketplace, and so much more!

    Thursday, September 21, 6 PM — 9 PM

    "Diversity Lives Here: Representation Through Art"
    Monmouth University Art Center
    West Long Branch, NJ
    March 15, 2023 – January 1, 2024
    These artworks create spaces devoted to celebrating diversity, inclusivity, and representation on the Monmouth University campus. The aim of this project is to foster a greater sense of community, and ensure that all feel welcome on our campus.

    RECEPTION: Wednesday, September 20, Noon

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  • Cabrillo Gallery Explores Human Identity

    The gallery’s first in-person exhibition of 2022 kicks off with a show exploring the ways in which human beings see and express their own identities.

    ByJohanna Miller
    Posted on March 3, 2022

    Cabrillo Gallery will open its first in-person exhibition of 2022 on Monday, with a show exploring the ways in which human beings see and express their own identities.

    “Who We Are: Portraying Identity” will feature 38 artworks, from paintings and photography to mixed media and textiles. Gallery Director Beverly Rayner said that the show’s range is vast, likely due to the complex nature of identities.

    “There’s everything from really humorous stuff to really serious stuff,” Rayner said. “Some of it represents more of a cultural or group identity, others are about gender identity … So it’s very personal.”

    Rayner said she had been thinking about doing a show based on this theme for a while.

    “It’s been high on my list for a long time,” she said. “It’s a big topic. And it’s on people’s minds … We hope people [who visit] see themselves and feel represented. and also feel empathy for others, and their realities. Identity is so complex. There are so many ways you shape, or recognize your identity in the world.”

    Added Program Coordinator Victoria May: “There are a lot of unusual pieces that might make people dig a little deeper. Identity can be a sort of narrative … What narratives do we hold, deny, or tell ourselves?”

    “Who We Are: Portraying Identity” opens Monday at Cabrillo Gallery. —contributed photo
    An open call for artists resulted in about 300 entries to choose from. Juror Pauli Ochi of Ochi Projects in Los Angeles, along with Rayner and May, made the selections. A virtual Juror’s Talk with Ochi will be held March 12 at 4pm.

    “We chose Pauli to juror because her gallery represents a lot of artists who deal with the theme of identity,” said Rayner. “So we figured she’d be in tune with what we wanted to do.”

    Both Rayner and May expressed how glad they were to be back in the gallery, seeing and experiencing art in person.

    “When we get the pieces in the mail, open them up … it’s like, ‘Wow!’” May said. “Certain art has so much more vibrance, textures … There’s such a different feeling, seeing these works in person.”

    “Who We Are: Portraying Identity” runs through April 8. Library Building: Room 1002, Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive. Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm; Monday and Tuesday evenings, 7–9pm. Free admission.

  • LifeBridge Health Medical Moment - featuring my mural

    Advances in Radiation Therapy at the Alvin & Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute

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    Kerry Cavanaugh, Host, Medical Moment WBALTV11
    Baltimore, MD
    March 20, 2018
    Patients needing radiation treatment are benefitting from a new technology that uses six different tools to target a tumor for improved accuracy. Sinai Hospital is the first in Maryland to use the new Varian Edge, which delivers radiation with pinpoint accuracy to tumors in faster treatment times – as little as 10 minutes.

    The Edge has the ability to deliver radiation to tumors in all areas of the body, and its tracking system adjusts to tumor movement resulting from patient positioning changes and breathing. Its accuracy means that nearby organs and tissues receive lower radiation dosages and fewer sessions are needed to complete treatment.

    The Edge is the only completely hybrid machine that provides conventional and stereotactic (high dose, highly focused) therapy and it is connected to the patient's electronic medical record limiting time needed for planning and data capture.

    In this Medical Moment, you will see how the latest technology at Sinai Hospital provides radiation therapy with pinpoint accuracy for a breast cancer patient. Dr. Jeanette Linder, chief of radiation oncology at the Weinman Family Department of Radiation Oncology for Sinai Hospital and medical director of the Alvin & Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute at Sinai and Northwest hospitals, explains how the new technology provides better coverage in shorter time, and in a beautiful setting unique to Baltimore.

  • Baltimore Mural at Sinai Hospital

    January 16, 2018
    by Jessica Cartaglia

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    BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Undergoing treatment for cancer is physically and emotionally draining.

    Radiation oncologists at Sinai Hospital are using a new radiosurgery system called the Varian Edge, which is non-invasive and can pinpoint very small specific areas for the treatment of tumors.

    Now, thanks to a local artist, patients being treated at Sinai have something beautiful to focus on… in an effort to ease some of the pain.

    The Edge system uses high-dose radiation with sub-millimeter accuracy to precisely target tumors all over the body including in the brain, spine, lungs and prostate. This also reduces radiation exposure to nearby healthy organs.

    Dr. Jeanette Linder is Chief of The Weinman Family Department of Radiation Oncology at Sinai Hospital. She says that while the technology is incredible… “It’s very scary. There are things happening out of your site, and even while we are talking to them and playing music, it’s still very, very frightening.”

    In an effort to make a difficult situation a little easier, staff at Sinai reached out to Baltimore artist, Joan Cox.

    Cox, was quickly commissioned to create a ceiling mural to go above the Edge system.

    “We talked about Baltimore things and they really wanted that feeling,” Cox says.”And the first thing that came to mind was Pimlico, because it’s right next door of course.”

    Across the ceiling, above the Edge treatment system is a colorful collage of custom illustrated images representing Baltimore. Among the many things patients can find are row homes, Pimlico Race horses, Black-Eyed Susans, the Bromo Seltzer tower, a raven, an oriole and other embedded images. There are also multiple symbols of hope and happiness such as hearts, ribbons and butterflies.

    “I wanted that ‘OK, you’re down the rabbit hole feeling,'” Cox says. “You’re down here and you’re looking at this beautiful world blossoming above you.”

    Dr. Linder agrees.

    “We like seeing that balloon,” Dr. Linder says. “It’s like it’s carrying away their worries, and their tumors and they can find all sorts of hope in there.”

  • Recent Press Coverage - Baltimore Sun

    Recent Press Coverage - Baltimore Sun

    Women get a lot of exposure in two exhibits at community college

    Mike Giuliano
    Howard County Times

    A couple of exhibits at Howard Community College present figurative depictions of women that stylistically range from the expressive to the surreal. Just about the only thing not present is straightforward realism.

    The group exhibit "Women of Myth, Splendor, and Irrefutable Morals" in HCC's Rouse Company Foundation Gallery and Janice Crum's solo exhibit titled "I hate it when you (Please) look at me" in its Art Department Gallery are equally bold thematically and in their use of various materials.

    Visitors to the group show, for instance, are immediately greeted by three acrylic on Mylar works by Joan Cox: "Our Bedroom Hymns," "Lullaby" and "L'Oscillation." Loose brushwork is deployed for these images of nude women involved in intimate pairings, and the fact that the images are painted on suspended, transparent Mylar panels enhances the sense that this personal interaction is, er, hanging in the breeze and awaiting your inspection.

    That sort of blunt physicality characterizes most of the artwork in this show. Among the three oil paintings by Cody Pryseski, an especially striking example is the "Girl with Red Stockings" whose fleshy figure is only clad in those attention-grabbing stockings. The sensuously loose paint application and general aura of happy hedonism may remind viewers of the approach to female figuration taken by an artist who is not in this show, Raoul Middleman.

    Casually presented nudity also characterizes the three untitled graphite drawings by Tanya Ziniewicz. These all feature bare-breasted women posing for solo portraits.

    Assertive female portraiture is also found in the graphite drawings by Ellen Durkan, which express a cyberpunk sensibility; and also Stephanie Schafer's digital photomontage and acrylic on canvas portraits that rely on presenting the female models with dramatic makeup and costuming.

    Moving into another medium, Shin Yeon Jeon's ceramic sculptures, among them "Theresa," exert a three-dimensional presence in the gallery space.

    Bringing classical allusions to the figurative mix, Christopher Koch's pastel on cardboard "Study for the Graces Meet the Minotaur" and "Study for the Graces in Their Boredom" primarily rely on thinly drawn schematic lines to conjure up mythic references to women.

    Things venture into the surreal for most of these artists. Yiyun Chu's ink drawing on watercolor paper and Adobe Photoshop "Where Are You, Darling?" features a woman seated beside a campfire in the forest at night. She's flanked by wild animals that seem comfortable nestling next to her.

    Additional surreal landscapes can be seen in Greg McLemore's oil paintings, among them "G.D.," with its placement of a person seen against a dry and barren plain.
    "Where Are You, Darling?" by Yiyun Chu (Submitted photo /)

    Surreal to an extreme degree are Lania D'Agostino's three "Animalia" mannequin figures made out of fiberglass, resin, cardboard, oil and acrylic paint, and mixed media. They have animal heads, brightly colored fur and in general convey a sense that they are female figures of a mythic stature.

    In Janice Crum's solo show, the artist makes small nude sculptures of women that also tend to have mythic or surreal attributes.

    Somewhat setting her work apart from what's found in the larger group exhibit is that Crum often has religious references that include ornate gilded frames that you would expect to find around portraits of saintly figures; reliquary-evocative boxes containing sculptural forms; and the thematic sense that at least some of these mini-figures have suffered in ways that make them candidates for sainthood.

    "Women of Myth, Splendor, and Irrefutable Morals" and "I hate it when you (Please) look at me" run through May 8 at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Go to www.howardcc.edu



    I was interviewed in my home studio in March 2015 by Kat Harvey for her Success Nothing Less show out of Washington DC. You can get a virtual tour of the studio and hear me talk about of my lesbian themed paintings.


    A 'Gutsy' Feminist Art Project show at Gallery CA
    The exhibition features highly personal work from 22 regional artists
    August 02, 2014
    By Mary Carole McCauley
    The Baltimore Sun


    Baltimore Gay Life article by Kelly Neel

    Local Mixed Media Artist Raises Eyebrows, Opens Minds with "Taboo"
    By Kelly Neel

    Exploring the shared intimacies between women in lesbian relationships, Baltimore artist Joan Cox’s solo exhibit Taboo brings to light the genuine and tender connection experienced when two women fall in love. Through the use of various mediums, from acrylic and oil painting to photography, Cox’s portraits depict wonderful moments of closeness between real lesbian couples of all different backgrounds. Her exhibit works to dissolve the stigma around lesbian relationships while displaying a subject that has been so scarcely represented.

    Cox’s exploration of these intimate moments began after painting a double portrait of herself and her partner. The piece titled “Night Hunger” (pictured above, left) is a nod to Austrian-born painter Xenia Hausner and is a reinterpretation of one of Hausner’s works. From this first reinterpretation stemmed an interest in infusing historical works of art with a new perspective. Referencing artists from Gustave Courbet to Frida Kahlo, Cox revisits historical pieces and reinvents them to create a new perspective and offer a new dimension to the works. With “The Lovers” (pictured above, right) Cox reinterprets Egon Shiele’s “Lovers” to depict a rather intimate moment between two women, rather than a man and a woman.

    The exhibit also plays on ambiguity and androgyny. It is only upon closer examination that the viewer can distinguish the figures as female. The idea that these images could just as easily be of heterosexual couples creates a dialogue that further conveys that the love between two women is just as valid and true as any other form of love. These moments of tenderness and love are universal, not taboo.

    Through the use of soft colors and juxtaposing strong brush strokes, Cox’s acrylic works are romantic and intense; capturing so elegantly the real emotions experienced within relationships. Add to this her bold canvases and beautiful photographs and you get a cohesive exhibit that remains as diverse as its subject matter.

    Taboo will be on display at the Silber Art Gallery of Goucher College from October 22 to December 8. The exhibit is free and open to the public every Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 4pm. An artist’s reception will be held Friday, November 8th, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Silber Gallery. Please visit www.goucher.edu/silber or Call 410-337-6477 for more information.

    Taboo by Joan Cox
    Free • Thru Dec. 8
    Silber Art Gallery at Goucher College
    1024 Dulaney Valley Rd. • Towson

  • >>TABOO: Solo Exhibition

    Sept. 22 - Dec 8, 2013
    Artist's Reception
    Friday, November 8, 6-9 pm
    Silber Art Gallery

    Taboo, a solo exhibition by Joan Cox will be presented at the Silber Art Gallery on the campus of Goucher College from October 22 through December 8, 2013. This exhibit, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed Tuesday through Sunday from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. An artist’s reception will be held Friday, November 8th, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Silber Gallery. Please visit Silber Art Gallery or Call 410.337.6477 for more information.


    MFA Thesis Exhibition
    Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
    6-9 pm
    Campus of Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
    Hudson D. Walker Gallery

    I graduated with my MFA from the low-residency painting program at MassArt with a thesis exhibition on Saturday, September 14, 2013 in Provincetown, MA.

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  • >>"MFAWC: OFF THE GRID" group exhibit at Arnheim Gallery

    November 19 – 29, 2013
    Arnheim Gallery Info

    “Off the Grid” gives viewers a peek at the work created by the 2013 graduate students from the MassArt Low-Residency MFA program. The artists from Boston, Colorado, Florida, Maryland and Rhode Island come together twice a year to hone their practice and create work during an intensive residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. This exhibit highlights a recent visual investigation by each of the candidates: Terry Boutelle, Diane Cionni, Joan Cox, Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, Lisa Daria Kennedy, Julianne Martin, Vincent Wolf.

    Arnheim Gallery at MassArt
    Gallery info: 617.879.7550


    Scooter paintings are on view at the Ward Center for the Arts at St. Paul School for Girls in Baltimore. Closing reception will be Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 7:30 in the evening.


    January - July 2011

    The Alexandria Commission for the Arts coordinates and sponsors an Art in Public Spaces Program. My work was accepted into the program and is currently hanging in the 2nd Floor of City Hall in Alexandria, VA through mid-July 2011. All works are for sale.


    I just received news that my artwork was accepted into the spring 2011 edition of "Studio Visit" magazine published by The Open Studios Press.

    The 13th Edition of Studio Visit is hitting mailboxes the second week of April 2011!


    Check out this great article about me and my scooter paintings on the Helmet Hair magazine website.

  • >>EXHIBIT AT GALLERY 211 in Baltimore


    Gallery 211 This great little gallery in Federal Hill
    showed my recent scooter art in the summer of 2009.

    The exhibit ran from June 26 - August 22, 2009


    FSVIEW, Florida, August 31, 2006

    The struggling and surviving art scene in New Orleans
    By Darby Price

    Flying low over Lake Pontchartrain, staring out at the placid waters, one may easily forget that only a year ago, those waters were breaking through the levees of New Orleans, flooding about 80 percent of the city.

    As Aug. 29 comes and goes, the citizens of New Orleans are bombarded with the images and stories of Hurricane Katrina, some of them terrible, some of them inspiring. The reality of the city is that the people who were able to come back are trying to rebuild in a place that often seems lifeless.

    "The city has definitely changed," Tulane senior Lee Pratka said. "It's like living in a third world country now."

    In the midst of the economic and emotional depression that seems to grip the city, the residents are reverting back to the one thing that forms the backbone of their community: art.

    New Orleans is known for its art, be it jazz, the Louisiana-inspired paintings of Edgar Degas, or even the street performers who dutifully pose as statues or sing renditions of The Temptations songs.

    "We used to vacation here about a week every year, and we just loved it," Director of MOXY Studios and artist Joan Cox said. "We loved the feeling of (the city)."

    Originally from Baltimore, Cox and her partner set up their Magazine Street studio just six weeks before Hurricane Katrina hit. After leaving the city for four months, Cox returned to find that her gallery had only suffered minimal damage, but the storm's effects on her customers was harder hitting.

    "We're just hanging on by our fingernails," Cox said (referring to the plummet in tourism dollars). "Along with all the other galleries and shops in the area."

    In fact, the one thing that keeps the art scene alive in New Orleans seems not to be the shop-happy tourists, but the loyal residents whose emotional attachment to the city and emotional response to the destruction and disruption caused by Hurricane Katrina seem to be pushing them to rally around their fellow residents and around the lore of the city itself.

    "There have been two repeated comments," Cox said. "One of which is "I just need something happy to look at, I need something colorful," and then other people coming in just saying, "Do you have anything at all about New Orleans?" There's such an emotional tie to the city and to images of the city as it was and as it is."

    The impact of the hurricane is not so much in the broken wood and the moldy plaster. It lies much closer to the inborn pride that the citizens of New Orleans carry with them, a pride for a culture that cannot be torn apart by wind and waves. The grief is for lives turned upside down and communities of people being split and scattered across the country. The determination is for a brighter future and a return to normalcy.

    "Some of our buyers are not in their homes," Graphic designer for MOXY Studios Mare McCall said. "Some people are buying pieces that they can put in their houses once they're rebuilt."

    For the artists who call this city on the Mississippi home, life has changed drastically while inspiration has sky-rocketed.

    "I have always painted New Orleans," local artist Alan Flattmann said. "I am planning a show in December that will be nothing but pieces about New Orleans at night or on rainy days."

    Even regular citizens are a part of the art scene now; at the New Orleans Museum of Art, a striking exhibit entitled "Katrina Exposed: A Community of Photographs" is on display until mid-September. The gallery walls are covered with photographs taken by professionals and regular citizens alike. Some are humorous, like one picture of a drowning sign that reads, "Smile, New Orleans!" Others, including several pictures of corpses lying face-down, are chilling and stark.

    The hundreds of photographs reveal that the community of people affected by Hurricane Katrina spans several economic and social strata. These are the people who must now rebuild from the ground up, and they are desperate for ways to express their hardship and renew their strength.

    The art is now no longer in brushstrokes or in the notes coming from the saxophone; it is in the tones, the ability to simultaneously uplift and give voice to all the grief and hope that remained when the floodwaters receded.

  • Recommended Art Feature

    Gambit Weekly, New Orleans, August 1, 2006
    By D. Eric Bookhardt

    Some galleries have all the luck. When Joan Cox and Mare McCall moved here from Baltimore and opened an art gallery called Moxy last July, little did they know Hurricane Katrina would hit a mere few weeks later. Like most of Magazine Street, Moxy came through the storm intact, and while surviving the post-Katrina economy hasn’t been easy, their current show, Night and Day, marks the anniversary of the gallery’s opening. Cox says she had wanted to do a show of paintings set in the nighttime but worried that might seem “a little too dark,” and then some ambient strains from Cole Porter’s Night and Day suggested a solution. Featuring a mix of local and out-of-state artists as well as some of Cox’s own canvases, Night and Day celebrates continuity and the hope of better days ahead.

  • ARTWRAP Art at Results By John Blee

    The Georgetowner February 23, 2005

    Art at Results
    By John Blee

    Results Gallery at Results Gym (315 G Street SE, 202.669.4226) is one of several alternative spaces around DC presenting art that is overlooked by commercial galleries. Here we have an ambitious show with Nathan Richardson, Joan Cox, and Marcia Dullum.

    Nathan Richardson is an American painter who lives and works in Germany. Although he spent all his formative years in the U.S., his work is definitely informed by his stay in Europe. Richardson’s pictures are serial in nature and consist of (mostly) three figures (mostly frontal) in a space that maintains ambiguity. The space could be a room or cave, but it has an atmosphere that is pressurized as in Rothko.

    Richardson has a grave, almost elegiac tone in these works. In "Naked Light," you feel the linen ground through the paint. The roughness of the ground establishes the physicality of the pictures. In "Only a Game," a small game board is seen off to the side. There is extensive, yet restrained use of pencil and sgraffito. "Blue Passage" has eloquence in its color like the final moment in which an ember dies. In all the work there is the evidence of the physical weight of being.

    The light around the figures in these works acts like halos or emanations, perhaps psychic. There is pathos in these very reductive forms that remind me of Rothko’s geometry and of Stonehenge. "Snowflake June" has a red that shifts the weight of the picture. "Fool Anybody" is flatter, more decorative in its spatial aspect, with more broken passages than the other work.

    Nathan Richardson, in speaking about his work, refers to Huxley’s "Brave New World" and says these pictures "are a social commentary on what I see around us." They are also a personal vision of an inner world.

    Joan Cox is an energetic colorist. Her work is often based on flowers seen in flower markets and has an expressionist edge and delivery. It is never purely decorative and she is willing to take on subject matter that could throw another painter such as an up-close, oversize face sucking on a straw. Cox’s "Sweet Pears" have the sweetness of the title. Her "Violette" is jumpy and fun.

    Marcia Dullum’s work is informed by many sources. In "Tribute to Bonnard," one senses more Diebenkorn than Bonnard. She is best at her non-figurative work that relates more to landscape. Her "Ricochet in Red" stands out.

    Gary Fisher, Art Director of the Results Gallery, who works from the assumption that “there could be a Van Gogh in any artist exhibiting early promise," is to be congratulated on his effort. (Through March 27, 2005)

  • Paintings would beautify any home Art: by Glenn McNatt

    Baltimore Sun, Dec 24, 2002

    Paintings would beautify any home
    Art: by Glenn McNatt

    In a holiday season with omens of war in the offing, art that's warm and fuzzy and frankly decorative in intent may be just the thing to help us through a New Year fraught with uncertainty.

    So you may want to check out the lovely show of contemporary-style Post-Impressionist paintings by Joan Cox and Sheep Jones at the Beveled Edge Gallery in Mount Washington. (So what if Post-Impressionism is already more than 100 years old? Some styles never lose their charm.)

    Forget about the accompanying artist's statements that seem to want to weigh down these well-crafted, brilliantly colored botanical images with more than their fair share of profundity. Why shouldn't a painting just be a pretty thing to put on a wall, no explanation needed?

    Cox's large paintings of pears, plums and flowers show that she has studied Cezanne and van Gogh and their painterly renderings of organic volumes (also, perhaps, the still-life experiments of early photographic Pictorialists like Clarence White and Edward Steichen).

    She favors a harmonious but rather intense palette of blues, oranges, yellows and rusts that make her fruits seem to sit up on the canvas and beg to be touched, against backgrounds that are sometimes smoky and mysterious, sometimes all clear luminous innocence.

    Some of Cox's paintings incorporate poetry or poetic phrases in the image, also purposeful scratches, drips and splashes of turpentine that add visual interest without distracting too much attention from the main subject.

    In short, these are paintings that are easy to like, and probably easy to live with, too.