Joan FitzimmonsArtist Statement

I tend to work on several projects at once. I’ve examined the tenuous, ebbing boundaries between reality and perception. I’ve asked questions about human relationships, the nature of home, my relationship to nature, and the significance of the quotidian. The ordinary act of living is endlessly complex and uncertain. It is through the ordinary that, for me, the world resonates.

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Solo Exhibitions
2004 Three Trees, Exhibition and reading. Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton, CT
2001 Silver Prints from the Garden, The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT
Introduction to Landscape: The Woods, Norwalk Community College, CT
2000 The Lucaks Gallery, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
1999 The White Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, Or
1996 Zone Relay Gallery, The Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
1987 The 4th Street Photo Gallery, New York, NY
Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
1983 Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Photography exhibit, Pittsburgh, PA
1981 Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions
2010 95 Artists, Umbrella Arts, NY, NY
Flower(Re)Power, The Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
Conspectus I, Selections from the Flatfile, Artspace Gallery, New Haven, CT 2/10
2009 Contemporary Voices in Visual Narrative, Curated by Eileen Doktorski,
Utah State University, Logan UT 9/09
House Project, Curated by Terri C. Smith, The Westport Art Center, Westport, CT
2008 Odd Works, Juried by David Rubin, Curator of Contemporary Art,
San Antonio Museum of Art,New Orleans Photo Alliance, New Orleans, LA
It’s Not Easy, Curated exhibition, Exit Underground, Exit Art, New York, NY
Black + White, Arts and Literature Laboratory, New Haven, CT, juried exhibition
2007 101 Dresses, Artspace, New Haven, CT, Curated by Linda Lindroth and Denise Markonish
2006 International Photography Project: Images Against War, Lodz Art Center, Fotofestiwal,
5th International Festival of Photography in Lodz, Poland. & 7. Internationale Footage Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Germany. Curated by Tina Schelhorne.
2005 All Consuming, an Artspace exhibition, The Greene Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, CT
New England Photography 2005, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
15th Annual Center Awards Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA
2004 Anthology of Art, A hard copy exhibition of the online project; created by Jochen Gerz,
Invitational, Akademie der Kunst, Berlin; Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn; Zentrum fur Medienkunst, Karlsruhe; DuMont Verlag, Kol
Enchantment, Curated by Denise Markonish and Mikela Griffo, Artspace Gallery, New Haven, CT
Recent Additions, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY; Curated by Karen Schlesinger
2003 Project Folklore - The Ceremonial Day, Palac Ujazdowski Contemporary Art Center, Warsaw, Poland; Curated by Marta Wojcicka,
exhibition of video collaboration produced as an Artslink grant recipient
2002 Weir Farm Visiting Artists, University of CT Stamford Gallery, Stamford, CT
2002 Homeworks, The Betty Rymer Gallery, The School of the Art Insitute of Chicago, IL
2001 Arts and the Environment: Making the Green, New England Artists’ Trust, Woodstock, VT
1999 100 Years of Photography, Personal Visions of the 20th Century: Art and Technology,
The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT; Curated by Benjamin Ortiz
1997 Heaven & Hell, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; Curated by Theo Coulombe, Peter Waite, Jeffery Greene
1992 Mothers and Daughters, Members past and present of Artemisia Gallery, The Daly Center,Chicago, IL
1988 Fictitious Truth, Photographs by Tina Barney, Mary Frey, & Joan Fitzsimmons,
Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, Curated by Leslie Tonkonow
1985 Light From Illumination to Pure Radiance, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1984 The Dog Observed-Photographs 1844-1983, The Dog Museum, of America NY, NY
1983 Dogs, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. IL, traveling exhibit
1981 Some Girls, Invitational exhibit, organized in conjunction with The Dinner Party, Chicago

Online Exhibitions
2009 imagesagainstwalls, Images Against Walls, Curated by Tina Schelhorn of Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne, Germany
2007, The Seed Project, Curated by David Cohen
2004, curated by Tina Schelhorn, Cologne, Germany
2002, online exhibition initiated by Jochen Gerz, also displayed at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2007 HalfAWoman , 3 Years Later, video by Jacek Malinowski, performance by Joan Fitzsimmons
2003 HalfAWoman II, video by Jacek Malinowski, performance by Joan Fitzsimmons, exhibited Prague Bienniale, 2005
2000 HalfAWoman, video by Jacek Malinowski, performance by Joan Fitzsimmons, exhibited at
Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, Poland; Combustive Arts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Other Projects
2006–09The Fine Arts Adoption Network, an online file of Art in General, NY, NY; The goals of FAAN are to place artworks homes and institutions,
as well as to offer a channel for new audiences for contemporary art.
2006 The Seed Project, This invitational project seeks to build a social network for artists through planting. This project involved invited artists
to create unique works plants

Curated Registries
The Drawing Center at Carroll & Sons Gallery, Boston, MA
The Flatfiles at Artspace, New Haven, CT
The SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics) Archive, Exit Underground, Exit art, New York, NY

Grants and Residencies
2006 The Kittredge Fund, Received a grant to continue development of my work based on The Woods
The Puffin Foundation, Artist Grant, to continue development of my work based on The Woods
2003 Artslink (CEC International Partners) grant, to collaborate with artists and organizations in Poland
2002 Weir Farm National Historic Site, Visiting Artist
2000 Humanities Institute, Fairfield University
1999 Weir Farm National Historic Site, Artist in Residence

The Center for Photography at Woodstock, collection housed at SUNY, New Paltz
The Brooklyn Museum of American Art, Brooklyn, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
The Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
The William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
The University Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT
Various Private Collections

Selected Bibliography
2007 Artworld Digest, Special Edition/Seed Issue, Curator David Cohen, pg. 08
2004 Die Anthologie der Kunst, Included in this anthology of art project/publication
Judy Birke, Fractured Fairy Tales, New Haven Register, 12/5/04, E1
Meral Agish, Enchant Terribles, New Haven Advocate, 11/25/04-12/1/04,p. 42
2003 2002 Weir Farm Visiting Artists, catalogue
2002 Lettre International, Jochen Gerz: Die Anthologie der Kunst, Extra 2002
2001 Robert L. McGrath, The New England Artists Trust Sixth Annual Congress, Art New England, August/September, p. 40
1997 Owen McNally, The Good, the Bad, and the Artists, The Hartford Courant, 1/19/97, 1G
1996 Swendenwien, New Work 1995: Juror’s Choice Exhibition, Art New England, April/May,p.39
1995 Swendenwein, Paintings not as Strong as Photographs in Exhibit at Artspace in New Haven, The Hartford Courant, 6/25/95, p.G4
1981 David Elliot, review of exhibit at Randolph Street Gallery, The Chicago Tribune, 3/1/81
1979 Mark-Michael Loenhardt, review of exhibit at Artemisia Gallery, The New Art Examiner

Lectures and Workshops
2004 Artist’ Talk, Artspace Gallery, New Haven, CT, on exhibition, Enchantment
2002 Create a Vision; Visiting artist, Danbury High School; Conducted photographic workshop exploring landscape. Sponsored by the Weir Farm Trust
2001 Photographic Medley, Venasque, France; Workshop on polaroid transfer and cyanotype Horizons To Go, Leverett, MA
2000 Introduction to Landscape, Slide presentation and lecture, Fairfield University, CT
1999 Photography, Italian Visions, Tuscany Italy; Documentary and landscape traditions,; Offered through Horizons To Go, Leverett, MA
1997 Freezing the Moment, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Stamford, CT branch, Based on the work of Harold Edgerton
Out of Into, The Lukacs Gallery, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, Curated exhibition of art by inmates from the correctional institutes of CT
1994 Large-Scale Photography Workshop, Lecture and demonstration, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT
Georgia Keefe and Photography, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Stamford,CT branch,
Explored the influence of photography on O’Keefe’s painting
1992 Creating an Image to be Photographed, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT
1990 Restructuring the Photographic Image, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT

MFA The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
BFA Washington University School of Fine Arts, St. Louis, MO