Joan K. Sharma
Joan K. Sharma received an MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington and a BFA from Temple University, Tyler School of Art. She teaches color theory, photography, and design and has co-directed two study tours to India. During the second tour, students had the unique opportunity to meet artists in their rural home studios and attend workshops at the Mithila Art Institute in Madhubani, Bihar State, India. The exhibition, "Mithila Painting: The Evolution of an Art Form”, was coordinated by Sharma and exhibited in the Pete P. Peters Balcony Ellipse of the Madden Library in October 2012.
Sharma expresses her ideas through photography, painting, and installation. She has received awards for her photographs from the International Photography Awards (IPA) juried exhibitions in 2016 and 2018. In 2014, she collaborated with Carol Tikijian on “Draw the Line”, a multimedia installation at Gallery 25 that employed light, sound and text that focused her concerns on issues around climate change. At the Spectrum Art Gallery in April 2018, Sharma exhibited “Blue Whirl”, a reference to a recent discovery of a clean-burning flame. The wall installation included over thirty-three prints of luminous blue photographs. “Through My Eyes”, a mixed media artwork was exhibited at the Spectrum Gallery in March 2017 and Arte Americas as part of the exhibition, Three Degrees of Separation” in 2018. Work has been exhibited at the Fresno Art Museum, Spectrum Gallery, Gallery 1825 and Arte Americas and is in private and public collections.