"I consider myself a metaphysical abstractionist making images which come out of my life experience. The images in my paintings are not only drawn from visual inspiration, but from memory, dreams reverie as well as the intuitive process of painting. I am interested in connecting the poetic image with the painted and in the metaphysical content of the painting" - Joan Thorne

Joan Thorne is a New York-based artist whose work is nationally and internationally recognized. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in New York City, throughout the United States, in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. From 1998 to 2000 She has had three museum retrospective exhibitions in the Caribbean.

Her painting has been included in two Whitney Museum Biennials and various other museum group exhibitions both in the United States, Europe and Latin America.

She has had numerous one person shows in galleries such as: Sideshow Gallery, Fishbach Gallery, New York City, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Willard Gallery, New York City, Graham & Sons Gallery, New York City, and The Clocktower, New York City among others.

In 1986 she was awarded the Prix de Rome Fellowship to paint at the American Academy in Rome. She also received two National Endowment grants for painting and two Pollock Krasner Grants among others.

Solo Exhibits

2013Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, NY
Gallery 125, Bellport, NY
2010Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, NY
2005Chris Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA
2004Klaus Steinmetz Arte Contemporaneo, San Rafael de Escazu, Costa Rica
2002Feria de Arte International Arcale, Salamanca, España
2001Andre Zarre Gallery, New York
2000Retrospective: Museo Las Americas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1998A Retrospective: Museo Voluntariado De Las Casas Reales, Casa de Bastidas,
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
A Retrospective: Museo Patronato Plaza de la Cultura Santiago Apostol,
Santiago, Dominican Republic
1996Ramapo College, New Jersey
1990 1985Graham Modern , New York City, NY
1989 1986Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1986William Halsey Gallery, Simon Center for the Arts, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
1983Lincoln Center Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York City, NY
Dart Gallery, Chicago, IL
Gloria Luria Gallery, Bay Harbor Island, FL
1982Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Willard Gallery, New York City, NY
1980Willard Gallery, New York
Dart Gallery, Chicago, IL
1979The Clocktower: Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New York City, NY
1977Galerie Veith Turske, Cologne Art Fair, Cologne, Germany
1975Alfred University, Alfred, NY
1974Fischbach Gallery, New York City, NY
1973Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC


Group Exhibitions

2014ArtHamptons Fair, July 10-13, East Hampton, NY

Merton D. Simpson Gallery, Group Show of Tribal and Contemporary Art, June 12 - July 28, New York, NY

"National Arbor Day Show", March 31 to April 26, National Arts Club, New York, NY
2012Side Show Gallery, Williamsburg, NY

Art Southampton, International and Contemporary Modern Art Fair, Southampton, New York, Hollis Taggart Galleries
2011Side Show Gallery, Williamsburg, NY

Janet Kurnatowsky Gallery, New York
2010Side Show Gallery, Williamsburg, NY

Janet Kurnatowsky Gallery, New York
2009Side Show Gallery, Williamsburg, NY
2007Side Show Gallery, Williamsburg, NY
2006Side Show Gallery, Williamsburg, NY
2005Side Show Gallery, Williamsburg, Brookyn "Works On Paper" Curated by Vared Lieb and Richard Timperio
2003Biennale Internazionale Dell' Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
2002Gallery Uno 'Spazio Su Misura, Milan, Italy
2001"PAINTED: Viewpoints of Recent Developments of Abstract Painting," curated by James Little at the Joe and Emily Lowe Art Gallery, Hofstra Museum, Hofstra University, Long Island, New York
2000The Painting Center, New York, "Straight Painting," curated by James Little
1998R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA, "Illuminated Under White Light"
R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
1996Museo Voluntariado de Las Casas Reales, Casa de Bastidas Encuentro", Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
La Galeria, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Guernica Galeria de Arte, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Arawak Arte Conteporaneo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Casa Peynado Galeria, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Makana Gallery, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Techa Galeria, Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic
1995Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College, New York "News, Surprise and Nostalgia"
Corporate Art Directions, "Loan Show Lobby of 909 Third Ave.," New York City
1994Andre Zarre Gallery, The Exuberant 80s,
Andre Zarre Gallery, Through Thick and Thin
1993Altos de Chavon, "Los Artistas Residentes," Dominican Republic
1991Andre Emmerich Gallery, "Abstract Painting of the 90's", curated by Barbara Rose.
New York Stock Exchange, Invitational
Graham Modern, "Selections"
1989Graham Modern, "Synthesis"
1988Andre Zarre Gallery, "More Than Color", New York City, NY
Graham Modern, "Preview From The Past"
1987One Penn Plaza, "Romantic Science", New York City NY
American Academy in Rome, "American Acad. in Rome Annual Exhibition", 1987 Prix de Rome Paintings, Rome.
1986Graham Modern, "Diptychs, Triptychs, Polyptychs"
1985Pam Adler Gallery, "Paintings 1985," New York City, NY
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, "The Art of the 1970's and 1980's", Ridgefield, CT
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, "An Affair of the Heart", Buffalo, NY
Kamakazie Gallery, "Non-Objective Painting", curated by Stephen Westfall, New York City, NY
Graham Modern, "Summer Yellows"
College of Charleston, "Charleston Show", Charleston, SC
1984Visual Arts Museum, "Heroic/Poetic", New York City, NY
Sidney Janis Gallery, "American Women Artists", New York City, NY
Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Islip Art Museum, "Emblems of Imagination", curated by Karen Shaw, Islip, NY
One Penn Plaza, "Luxe Calme et Volupte: Nine Abstract Artists & Their Use of Color", curated by John Yau, New York City ,NY
Weatherspoon Gallery, "Works on Paper", Greensboro, NC
Graham Modern, "Small Works/Fine Works"
1983Jayne Baum Gallery, New York City, NY
Judith Christian Gallery, New York City, NY
Bell Gallery, List Art Center, Brown University, "Painting", Providence, RI
1982Mattingly Baker Gallery, Dallas (two-person show)
N.Y.C.W.C.A., "Abstract Painting: Painting by Women Artists", New York City, NY
Guild Hall Museum, "Artists from the Edward F. Albee Foundation", East Hampton, NY
Tyler School of Art, "Tyler Visiting Artists '82-83", Temple University, PA
1981Susan L. Usdan Gallery, "The Broken Surface", Bennington College, VT. Traveled to Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York City, NY; Owens Hall Art Gallery, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Virginia
Sidney Janis Gallery, "New Directions", curated by Sam Hunter, New York City, NY
Nina Freudenheim Gallery, "Paper Work", Buffalo, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, "1981 Biennial exhibition", New York City, NY
1980Societe des Artistes Independents, Grand Palais, "L'Amerique Aux Independents", Paris
Sidney Janis Gallery, "Seven Young Americans", New York City, NY
Landmark Gallery, "Drawings 1980"
Guild Hall Museum, "Paper-works for the Serious Collector", East Hampton, NY
Ericson Gallery, "U.S. Art '80", New York City, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, "C.A.P.S. Fellow 1979-1980",Troy, NY
Douglas Drake Gallery, "New York on Paper", Kansas City
1979Willard Gallery, New York City, NY
Neilson Gallery, "The Implicit Image", Boston
Susan Caldwell Gallery, "Generation", NY
Grey Art Gallery, "American Paintings: The Eighties", curated by Barbara Rose, New York City, NY. Traveled to The Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; American Cultural Center, Paris
Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1978Willard Gallery, New York City, NY
Bronx Museum, O.I.A. Exhibition, Bronx, NY
Institute of Contemporary Art, "Eight Abstract Painters", Philadelphia
University of Chicago, "Thick Paint", Chicago
1977Parsons School of Design, "Faculty Show", New York City, NY
"SoHo at Montauk", Montauk, New York City, NY
"Woman in Art: Working Papers", traveled to Albany, New York City, NY, Texas
United States Courthouse, "Paintings", New York City, NY
Davidson Art Center, Wesleyan University, "Paintings from the Aldrich Museum Collection", Middletown, CT
1975Skidmore College, "Drawing Exhibition", Saratoga Springs, NY
State University of New York City, NY, "Paintings", Potsdam, NY
1974Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, "Tenth Anniversary Exhibition", Ridgefield, CT
State University of New York City, NY, "Tight and Loose", Potsdam & Albany
1973New York Institute of Technology, Long Island, NY
Loeb Center, New York City, NY University, "Five Painters", NY
1972Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, "Spring Annual", Ridgefield, CT
Whitney Museum of American Art, "Whitney Annual", NY
Hamburg Museum, "GEDOK American Women Artists Show" Hamburg, Germany
Bard College, "Painting on Paper," Annandale, N


Selected Collections

Dr. Daryl Isaacs, New York City
Antonio Benitez Rojo, Amherst, Massachusetts
Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire
Charles Dumas, Lombard Street Research , London, England
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Codetel, a subsidiary of GTE, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Krannert Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
Museo Voluntariado de las Casas Reales Casa de Bastidas, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,TX
Prudential Corporation, Corporate Collection, New,York, NY
Portland Museum, Portland, MN
M. Smorgon Family Collection of Contemp. Art, Melbourne, Australia
Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York, NY
Dr. Mark Reiner, New York City
Dr. Kenneth Judy, New York City
Maria Escobar, New York City
Roselyn C. Swig, San Francisco, California
Dr. Penny Asbel, New York, NY
Dr. Bruce Haber, New York, NY
Sally Kravitz, New York, NY
Stephen Stinehour, Stinehour Editions, South Lunenburg, Vermont
Dr. Mark Reiner, New York, NY
Barry Rosen, New York, NY
Dr. Bruce Haber, New York, NY

Awards

2006Adolf Gottlieb Foundation Grant in Painting
2003Prize in Painting, Florence BiennaleInternazionale, Florence, Italy
2001Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in Painting
1986Prix de Rome, American Academy in Rome
Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in Painting
1983National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship in Painting
1980New York State Council on the Arts, Grant for Painting
1979National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship in Painting
1976Grant in Painting, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
1975New York State Council on the Arts, Grant for Painting
1974Grant in Painting, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
1972Artist of the Year, Aldrich Foundation

Education
Hunter College, New York, M.A.
New York University, New York, B.S.

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