Joanna Black has exhibited her new media, videos, digital photographs, blogspaces, paintings, computerized art, and performance artworks in Canada and the United States in solo and group shows. Her focus is on the political: art for social change including human rights, environmental, and gender issues. Black’s artworks, research, curating and teaching have centered upon creative digital art practices, learning for social change, activist art, and mentorship of younger artists/art educators. Often utilized in her artworks are appropriation, multi-layering, use of ‘gazing’, and contextualization. Recent collaborations include ARTIFACTS artists, Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee, (as performance, artist/composers), with Daniel Payne, (musician) and Miklos Legrady (as photographer/ interpreter.)
Joanna Black is a Winnipeg artist who is a Professor at the University of Manitoba in Visual Art Education and is cross-appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Art, University of Manitoba. Additionally, she is appointed as a Research Fellow at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University. She has worked as an artist, art director, curator, art consultant, speaker and a visual art educator in Canada and the United States. As well as actively exhibiting, she has published books, articles, reviews in a variety of journals, art catalogues, and exhibition catalogues. She has received a number of awards including ones from the Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Manitoba, and the MERN’s Research Achievement Award.