Joan K. Sharma
Joan K. Sharma received her MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from Temple University's, Tyler School of Art. She has traveled, studied and lived in Europe and India. These experiences have contributed to her understanding of the interconnectedness of our global community. She teaches Interaction of Color, Photography and Two and Three Dimensional Design.
Sharma’s oil paintings reflect her passion for color and light. Her luminous abstractions silently resonate as they express natural forces that operate within and around the world of form. Her oil paintings were included in the exhibition, "Edges" at the Fresno Art Musuem and photographs at Gallery 25 as part of her series titled, "Open Focus". Sharma’s work has been exhibited internationally.
Professor Sharma co-directed two study tours to India and the exhibition, "Mithila Painting: The Evolution of an Art Form". The first, Study tour of Northern India was co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Humanities, Office of Continuing and Global Education and the Fresno Art Museum. The 2011 study tour offered undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to meet Mithila Painters in their rural homes and studios. In addition, students visited the Mithila Art Institute in Madhubani in north east India. The Mithila Painting exhibition was on view in the Pete P. Peters Balcony Ellipse of the Madden Library during October 2012.
Tungabhadra Dam Shop, photograph
Aradhana's Wedding Mehndi, photograph
Sota, 66"x36", oil on canvas, 2011