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BFA, With Distinction, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1998

University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 1971                                                                                                                                                                                               University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AK, 1966-67                                                                                                                                           

Northeast Louisiana State College, Monroe, LA, 1962-63                                                                                                                           

Centenary College, Shreveport, LA, 1961, 1963-64


Art in Embassies Program, Cotonou, Benin, Africa, 2015                                                  

Second Place, Photo Midwest Invitational, 2014                                                                  

KCStudio-Connect Artist, 2013-2014                                                                                                              

MAP Grant, Kansas City Artists Coalition, 2011   

Kansas Masters Invitational-Purchase Award, 2009                                                                                                 

Honorable Mention, Rauschenberg Tribute Exhibition, 2009                                                                     

Second Place, River Market Regional Exhibition, 2008                                                                                      

Kansas Arts Commission Mini-Fellowship, 1999-2000

Daniel MacMorris Art Scholarship, 1997-98                                                                                                   

Lawrence Art Guild Advancement Award, 1997

Hollander Family Foundation Art Scholarship, 1995-96, 1997-98

Don Brown Memorial Art Scholarship, 1963



Baker University, one-person, Holt-Russell Gallery, Baldwin, KS October 2022.

Theatre Lawrence, one-person, Lawrence, KS June 10-Aug 20, 2022.

Square Art, one-person show at LMH and LMHW, twenty 24” works, Lawrence, KS, Feb-April 2021. (Curated by Ben Ahlvers).

Manhattan Public Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, “Red”, June 2020-April 2021 (juror-Susan Earle).

Downtown Lawrence Sculpture Exhibition, “Red”, Lawrence, KS, 2019-20.

Mix It Up! Invitational, “Hidden Talents” and “Renter”, Sabatini Art Gallery, “Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS, 2019.

Kansas Collections II (one person show), Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS, Oct 26-Dec21, 2018.

Art Kansas Invitational, “Fault Line”, McPherson College, McPherson, KS, 2018.

KCStudio/KC-Connect Group Show, Leedy-Volkous Gallery, Kansas City, MO, Apr 2014.

Gumbo Girl, one-person show, Magale Library of Centenary College, 50th Anniversary Celebration, Shreveport, LA, Feb 1-Mar 15, 2013.

MULTIPLES:   Paintings & Installations by Joelle Ford and Stephen Johnson, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL, Oct 6, 2012 – Jan 5, 2013. 

Gumbo Girl, one-person show, Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port  Arthur, TX, Aug 5-Sept 16, 2012.

What now? Invitational, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO, Aug 3-Aug 25, 2012.

Circles of Color - Installation by Joelle Ford, one-person show, Lincoln Art Center, Lincoln, KS, July-Aug, 2012.

Gumbo Girl, one-person show, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA, June- July, 2012.

Kansas Masters Invitational Traveling Exhibition, 50 artists, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS, April 29-June 6; Wichita Center for the Arts,  Wichita, KS, July 15-Aug 14; Sabatini Gallery at the Topeka/Shawnee County Library, Topeka, KS, Aug 19-Oct 15, 2011.

Art Clips, one-person show, Lawrence Arts Center, Small Gallery, Lawrence, KS, July 23-Aug 7, 2010.

Pop, Group Show-Invitation, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS, July 23-Aug 20, 2010.

Reinventions, one-person show, Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, KS, June 4-September 26, 2010.

Richly Pigmented, Group Show, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS, March 5-April 17, 2010.

Coming Home, four-person show, Real Art DeRidder, DeRidder, LA, December 14, 2009-January 8, 2010.

Kansas Masters Invitational, 100 Kansas Artists, Curator-Don Lambert, Streaker-Nelson Gallery , Manhattan, KS, August 21-October 2, 2009. 

Kansas Collections, one-person show, Lawrence Arts Center, Ann Evans Gallery, Lawrence, KS, Dec. 8-23, 2008.

Sculpture and Art Furniture, two-person show, Lawrence Arts Center, Small Gallery, Lawrence, KS, Dec 3-23, 2003.

Hands On, group show, Opie Gallery, Kansas City, MO, March 6-April 11, 1998.



TripAdvisor Loews Hotel Kansas City Photo:  “Circles of Color” by Artist Joelle Smith Ford.

Emprise Bank Kansas Art Collection,

Melinda Narro,  “Past Made Present:  Memory, Materiality and Gender in the Art of Joelle Ford and Ani Volcan”, Art History Master Thesis, University of Kansas, May, 2019.

Melinda Narro, “Joelle Ford:  Through the Eyes of an Art History Student”, Lawrence Art Center Blog, 3/2019.

Tall Tales from Kansas, “the idea of making something out of nothing”, Carol Mulvenon, 3/14/2019

Darin White, “Joelle Ford’s Creations”, Lawrence Magazine (cover and article), Spring 2018.

Lacey Gregory, “Local artist’s upcoming show features found-art sculptures.” University Daily Kansan, 10/23/2018. 

Art Collection of the United States Embassy, Cotonou Benin, Joelle Ford, “Wave the Wheat”, pg 24.

“Gumbo Girl”, Kansas Public Radio, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

“Magale Library celebrates 50th birthday, exhibits alumna’s work”, Centenary News, 1/10/ 2013.

Beth Rankin, “Hot Pick:  Gumbo Girl opening reception”, Beaumont Enterprise – Cat5, Aug. 11, 2012.

Darragh, “Gumbo Girl” a collage of memories, Port Arthur Convention & Visitors Bureau, Port Arthur, TX, Aug. 6, 2012.

Theresa Bembnister, “This is NOW”, The Pitch, Kansas City, MO, Aug. 23-29, 2012. 

“Museum of the Gulf Coast welcomes “Gumbo Girl”, The Record, Orange County, Texas, July 20, 2012.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Art Newsletter

Dana Self, “Human figure takes center stage at River Market Exhibition”, Kansas City Star, Aug 10, 2011.

Jason Dilt, “Kansans’ art reflects home state”, Wichita Eagle –, Wichita, KS, Aug.5, 2011.

Leslie Newell Peacock, “The ‘Delta’:  Better Than the Best”, Arkansas Times, Little Rock, Ark, Dec 23, 2010.

Don Lambert, “Mounting the Mundane at the Mulvane”, Review-Mid America’s Visual Arts Publication, Kansas City, MO, Sept. 15 , 2010.

Chris Packham, “Trip Aces”, The Pitch, Kansas City, July 29, 2010.

Aaron Powers, “Coming Home:  Four distinguished artists from DeRidder exhibit work at RAD”, DeRidder Daily News, DeRidder, LA, January 3, 2010, P 1.

“Four seasoned artists return to hometown for RAD exhibit”,  American Press Marquee, Lake Charles, LA, Friday, December 18, 2009, P 8.

Terry Rombeck, “Common Ground”, Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence, KS, Sept. 27, 2009.

“Artist Index”, Art in America, Galleries Museums and Artist Guide, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.

Nick Malewski, “River Market art show is both wide and deep”, Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO, Jul. 23, 2009, P. 26.

Rick Mitchell, “Joelle Ford:  Circles of Color, Kansas Collections”, The Arts in Action, Lawrence Arts Center Publication, Lawrence, Kansas, Nov 2008-Mar 2009, P 19, 20 and 32.

Elizabeth Schultz, “The Art of Open Spaces:  Contemporary Sea and Prairiescapes”, Great Plains Quarterly, Vol 27.No1, Univ. of Nebraska Press. Winter 2007.

Cathy Hamilton, “Joelle Ford’s Artistic Home”, Home and Away, Sunflower Cablevision, Nov 2006.

“Growing Up with the Arts Center”, Arts in Action, Lawrence Arts Center Publication, April 9, 2006.

Mindie Padgett, “Out of the Shadows”, Mobile, audio, Joelle Ford on “She Has Thoughts but Cannot Speak”, Lawrence, KS, Oct 3, 2004.

Caroline Boyer, “Playhouse Raffle to Benefit CASA”, Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence, KS, Jul 10, 2003, P. 3B

Bill Blankenship, “Visual Poetry”, CJOnline, Topeka, KS, Mar 10, 2003.

Mindie Padgett, “Joelle Ford Brings Whimsy to Wood”, Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence, KS, Nov 30, 2003, P. 1D, 6D.

Bill Blankenship, “An Eyeful of Art”, Capital-Journal, Topeka, KS, April 13, 1997, P. 1-D.

Catalogue, “The Kansas Triennial”, Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS, 1997, P. 16.                                                              



Baldwin National 2023, “Favorite Colors”, Baker Univ., Baldwin, KS

Alternative Fiber, 2022, “Favorite Colors”, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, TX, June 3-July 30 (juror - Karena Bennet).

Baldwin National 2022, “Tiddlywinks” and “The Shoe”, Baker University, Baldwin, KS. Feb 4-Mar 4 (juror - Christopher Benson).

An International Juried Photography Exhibit, 2022, “Lengthy Wait for THIS?”, University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art and School of Performing and Visual Arts, Hattiesburg MS, Feb 5-Mar 22 (juror - Betty Press).

New Directions 2020, “Carnival”, Barrett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, Oct 10-Nov 14, 2020 (juror - Nic Aziz).

Mark 100 Regional Exhibition, “Zipped” and “Remembering”, Mary R Koch Arts Center, Wichita, KS, Dec 31-Apr 18, 2020.

Combined Talents, “Renter”, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee FL, Aug 19-Sept 29 (juror - Hallie Ringle).

Her Art - Who Does She Think She Is, “With Determination, She Persisted”, UMKC and InterUrban ArtHouse, Kansas City, MO.

The Photography Exhibition 2017, “Self-Portrait” and “Through the Window”, Art at the Center, Overland Park, KS.

Topeka Competition 33, “Swamp Girl”, Sabatini Art Gallery, Topeka, KS (juror-Emily    Williams).

River Market Regional Exhibition - 2017, “Block Party”, Kanas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO (juror-curled Holton).

SAAC Juried Art Competition, “With Determination, She Persisted”, South Arkansas Art Center, El Dorado, AK (juror-Alejo Beneditti).

Texas National 2015, “You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda”, mixed media, Stephen F. Austin University Art Gallery, Nacogdoches, TX (juror-Zhi Lin).

1st Annual “At the Walker” Open Exhibition, “Chinese Door Guards”,  mixed media, Walker Art Gallery, Garnett, KS (juror-Steven Greenwall).

PhotoMidwest Invitational, 2014, “The Hymn Book, Vol. II”, photo, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WS (juror-Wally Mason). 

STAA 49th Juried Artists Exhibition, 2014, “Snake in the Hen House!”, collage, St. Tammany Art House, Denham Springs, LA(juror-Beth Batton).

Chautauqua National Juried Exhibition:  Beauty Matters, 2014, “Miss Firecracker Legs”, “Beauty Shop”, collages, Giles Gallery, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY (juror-Andrea Keys-Connell).

River Market Regional Exhibition, 2011, “What’s Next?”, mixed media, Kansas City Artists’ Coalition, Kansas City, MO (juror-Patricia McDonnell).

McNeese National Works on Paper, 2011, “Outside Dining”, collage, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA (juror-Dan Cameron).

53rd Annual Delta Exhibition, 2010-11, “What’s Next?”, mixed media, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK (juror-Meredith Ward).

Rauschenberg Tribute Exhibition, 2009, “Break Point”, mixed media, Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port Arthur, TX (juror-Susan Davidson).

River Market Regional Exhibition, 2009, “Circles of Color II” and “III”, mixed media, Kansas City Artists’ Coalition, Kansas City, MO (Juror-Anthony Huberman).

River Market Regional Exhibition, 2008, “Circles of Color 1A” and “1B”, mixed media, Kansas City Artists’ Coalition Gallery, Kansas City, MO (Juror-Dominic Molon). 

River Market Regional Exhibition, 2007, “Big Drips, Little Drips, I, II, and   III”, mixed media, Kansas City Artists’ Coalition Gallery, Kansas City, MO (Juror-Elizabeth Dunbar).

LOYO, 2004, “Tadpoles Swimming Up” and “Red Poker Dots”, mixed media, Corporate Centre, Lawrence, KS. 

Topeka Competition 25, 2003, “One Dozen-Packed to Go” and “She Stands Above It All”, mixed media, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, KS.

Great Plains National, 2003, “Wet Paint”, mixed media, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS.

Topeka Competition 23, 2001, “Kansas Pyramid (Treasures Within)”, assemblage, Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS (Juror-Seo Eo).

Wichita National, 1999, “Wake-up Call”, assemblage, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS (Juror-Wendell Castle).

River Market Regional Exhibition, 1999, “The Other Side:  Ode to Magritte”, assemblage, Kansas City Artists Coalition Gallery, Kansas City, MO (juror-Janet Bishop).

Topeka Competition 22, 1998, “The Other Side:  Ode to Magritte”, assemblage, Mulvane Art Museum , Topeka , KS (Juror-Jon Kuhn).

Art Department Scholarship Show, 1997, Chest of Drawers, assemblage, Art and Design Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

Kansas Triennial, 1997, “Frequent Flier”, assemblage, Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, KS.  Toured Kansas three years (juror-Janet Bishop).

Topeka Competition 20, 1996, “Garden’s Bounty”, assemblage, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Gallery of Fine Arts, Topeka, KS.

Imagery and Form, 1996, “Weathered Feathers”, assemblage, Lawrence Art Guild, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS.

Central States Exhibition, 1995, “The Hidden Corner  II”, charcoal, Pratt Community College, Pratt, KS (juror-Andrea Norris). 

Utah Artists Spring Salon, 1994, “For the Birds”, charcoal, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT.

Imagery and Form, 1994, “The Hidden Corner”, charcoal, Lawrence Art Guild, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS.



Art in Embassy Program, 'Wave the Wheat” (two parts), Coutonou, Benin, Africa.

Emprise Bank Art Collection, “Circles of Color 1A”, “Checked Out” and “Season 14”.

Capitol Federal Hall Art Collection, “Carnival”, “Red”, “Approaching Storm”, “Notes to you!”.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital West, “Blue and White Checks”.  

Lawrence Memorial Hospital Main Campus, “Circles and Squares”.

Lowe Hotel, Kansas City, MO. Installation - Circles of Color II.

Lincoln Art Center, Lincoln, KS, “Kansas Corn, Wrapped and Unwrapped”.

Lawrence Public Library, “Unfurled”.



“Unfurled”, commissioned banned book collage for Lawrence Public Library fundraiser, 2023.

Lawrence Center Art Auction, Lawrence, KS, 2004-2024.

Mike Michaelis - The Largest Kansas Art Collection in the World.

“Catch the Fever:  Reading is Contagious”, installation - Read Across Lawrence, Lawrence Public Library, Supported by Capitol Federal Foundation, Jan. 2019.

“Gumbo Girl” video presentation and lecture, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL, December, 2012.

Common Ground, Lawrence Arts Center, 2009.

Harvest of the Arts, Sept 30-Oct 8, 2008.

Healing Through the Arts Exhibit, Lawrence Arts Center, 2004, 2005.

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