Joelle Ford

Copyright Joelle Ford 2009

"Inventor? Artist?" - This girl wanted to make wild and wacky things when she grew up.
(8 x 10 - Gumbo Girl collection of 150 collages).



BFA, with Distinction, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1999

University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 1971 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 1966-67 Northeast Louisiana State College, Monroe, LA, 1962-63 Centenary College, Shreveport, LA, 1961, 1963-64


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


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

“MULTIPLES: Paintings & Installations by Stephen Johnson and Joelle Ford”, 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, Aug 3-Aug 25, 2012.

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, Strecker-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.


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, August 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.

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.

Don Brown Memorial Art Scholarship, 1963


River Market Regional Exhibition, 2011, What’s Next?, mixed media, Kansas City Artists’ Coalition, Kansas City, MO (juror-Patricia McDonnell, Director, Ulrich Museum, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS).

McNeese National Works on Paper, 2011, Outside Dining, collage, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA (juror-Dan Cameron, Visual Arts Director, New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center).

53rd Annual Delta Exhibition, 2010-11, What’s Next?, mixed media, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, ARK (juror-Meredith Ward, Meredith Ward Fine Art, New York).

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

River Market Regional Exhibition, 2009, Circles of Color II and III, mixed media, Kansas City Artists’ Coalition, Kansas City, MO (Juror-Anthony Huberman, Chief Curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis).

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

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, curator, Arthouse, Austin, TX).

LOYO, 2004, Tadpoles Swimming Up, acrylics 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, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture San Francisco Museum of Modern Art).

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, Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art).

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, Director, Spencer Museum of Art, KS).

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.


23rd-32nd Annual Art Auction, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS, 2003-2012.

Benefit Auction Greensburg, KS, Summer 2008.

CASA Playhouse, designed and painted interior, Lawrence, KS, 2003.

Van-Go Mobile Arts Summer Project, Edgewood Homes, June 15-July15, 1999; July 1-13, 2002. After School Projects: Art Tougeau Parade, May 2000 and Woodlawn School, Sept. 28-Oct. 20, 1999.

Co-Chairman, Senior Show, Art and Design Gallery, University of Kansas, 1998.

Guest Artist, Funky Furniture, Stormont-Vail Hospital Outreach Program, Topeka, KS.

Lawrence School District


Common Ground, Lawrence Arts Center, 2009.

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

Harvest of the Arts, September 30-October 8, 2000.

Artist's Statement - Collecting Idle Art

Mixed media, assemblage and collage are particularly interesting to me since many facets of art and materials are represented. Even though my work is very different in manner of application and the corresponding finished results, one thread of continuity exists--the utilization of materials found, usually items that were no longer thought to have value. Implementing mundane objects beyond their traditional use is challenging, personally rewarding, beneficial to the environment and sometimes humorous.

A found object, intriguing in itself, when combined with many of the same should create greater interest. It sometimes takes many years to collect enough material for a project, and as the “cache” increases in size, time is allowed to determine an idea for that particular object. Collecting is an on-going process, and frequently one project leads to the idea for another. Art history plays an important role in my work. It is refreshing to note art is alive and well in the state of Kansas since many people from all over the state contributed material for my projects.


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Lawrence, KS 66049