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Joyce Wellman is a Brooklynite and native New Yorker who made a seminal decision to settle in Washington D.C. in 1981. Joyce's artistic development, likewise, involves a personal journey from the craft of the printmaker to the broader canvas and full palette of the abstract painter.

The portrait of the artist as a serious student of the art is a persistent motif for Wellman. Her journey to convey and execute her ideas using abstraction began in the early 70's. After completing her bachelor's degree in Education at City College in 1972, she received her Master's in Education from the University of Massachusetts in 1977.

Featured in 1985, Volume 6, #4
During this period, she began studying printmaking with printmaker and sculptor Valerie Maynard at the Studio Museum of Harlem, then later at Bob Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop in Manhattan (1973-74), and continued with Khrisna Reddy at his Color Print Atelier at New York University (1978-81). By 1985, she had become a skilled printmaker who was included in publications, exhibitions and community art projects. In 1986, Wellman received a Ford Foundation Fellowship to study painting in the Maryland Institute College of Art's Graduate school for a year. She returned to the Institute in 1996, again on fellowship, to complete her MFA at its Mt. Royal School of Art.

Relationships have continued to be fundamental to Wellman's work: they have been pivotal in her family and personal life and, not surprisingly, figure as ubiquitous elements in her paintings. Joyce has been particularly fortunate in her artistic mentors and friends who helped herto grow throughout her artistic career.


Thunder Blues, 1998 Acrylic on canvas. 72"x60"
Since the late 1970's, Wellman's prints, drawings and paintings have been regularly exhibited and have received critical review in art publications nationally and internationally. In 1999 she was featured in a traveling exhibition "Chance and Necessity: Abstract Painting in Washington Area" Chance and Necessity traveled around the region and in Ohio. A catalogue accompanied the show. In 2003 Joyce was invited to Kenya to particpate in the First East African Women Artists Residency and Exhibition and to teach a master printmaking class to a group of young artists at the Kuona Trust Studios in Nairobi all sponsored by the US Embassy, Kenya and the Kuona Trust of Nairobi.

In the Winter of 2005 she was the Tague/Robert Blackburn Visiting Artist at the Experimental Printmaking Institute of Lafayette College in Easton Pennsylvania, was Artist In Residence at the North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro NC,. Included was an exhibition and a commission to create the
Autumn Passagess mural for the lobby of the University's New Science Building.