Joan C. Milsom was born in Toledo, Ohio, grew up in Western Pennsylvania and currently resides in Pittsburgh. She earned a B.F.A. degree in visual arts from Wittenberg University, and did graduate studies at the Chicago Art Academy and Carnegie Mellon University.
Milsom works primarily in oil and watercolor, but she is also an accomplished sculptor. She has exhibited in over 100 juried shows, including Ohio Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society International, West Virginia University Invitational, Three Rivers Arts Festival (Pittsburgh), National Arts Club Annual (New York), Hoyt Institute National (New Castle, PA), Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual, and the Westmoreland Museum Annual (Greensburg, PA).
She has had numerous solo exhibitions including shows at the Butler Museum of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, the Springfield Art Museum, the Ligonier Gallery, and Bird-in-Hand Gallery (Sewickley, PA). In 1998 she was selected for the Wittenberg University Visual Artist Residency including lectures and an exhibit. Her work is also featured in the book, Living By Brush Alone, by Edna Piersol.
Her paintings and sculptures are in many corporate and private collections including PPG Industries, PNC Bank, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Deloitte and Touche, United States National Bank (Portland, OR), and B. Collett Design (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
In his forward to the catalog of Milsom’s work for her 2002 show, A Continuance, at the Butler Museum of American Art, Director Louis A. Zona said, “Joan Milsom possess that rare ability to handle visual abstraction in ways that both excite and inspire us. Hers is a search for the classically beautiful, asserting a thoughtful, resolved arrangement of visual elements. To this equation she adds an abstract expressionistic approach by applying the medium gesturally… As we reflect upon the paintings of Joan Milsom we are buoyed by her extraordinary vision. Her work reminds us that art in its purest form both moves and inspires us while transporting us to an imaginary world where beauty alone is all we need.”
Janet M. Bucciarelli
Former Museum Coordinator and Exhibition Curator, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Ligonier Valley, PA
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