Joan Backes

Education

MFA, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Selected One Person Exhibitions

2005 Rauma Art Museum, Rauma, Finland. Catalogue.
2004 Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin. Catalogue.
2003 Hafnarborg Institute of Culture and Fine Art, Iceland. Catalogue.
2002 Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.
2001 Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri.
2000 Braitmayer Art Center, Marion, Massachusetts.
1999 Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
1998 James Baird Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Hafnarborg, Institute of Culture and Fine Art, Iceland. Brochure.
1997 Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Brochure.
Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, Rhode Island.
1996 Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, Chile. Catalogue.
1995 Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, Rhode Island.
1994 Dorry Gates Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri.
Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, Washington. Catalogue.
Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Brochure.
1993 Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin. Brochure.
1992 Gallery 72, Omaha, Nebraska.
1991 Hafnarborg, Institute of Culture and Fine Art, Iceland. Brochure.
1990 Dorry Gates Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2005 Summarize, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri.
Magnificent Extravagance, Racine Art Museum, Racine Wisconsin.
Scapes, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, Rhode Island.
2004 A Forest Somewhere, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
From Nature, BCC Gallery, Fall River, Massachusetts.
Contemporary Drawing, U. of Nebraska Galleries, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Hands to Work, Mind to Art, Borusan Art Museum/Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey (2003-04).
2003 Artists and the Cultivated Landscape, Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin.
20 Years, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, Rhode Island.
2002 Natural Selections: New England Artists Interpret Nature, Newport Art Museum, Newport, Rhode Island.
Art Educates the World, Exhibition to benefit the Fulbright Legacy Fund, Sotheby’s, New York, New York.
2001 Seascapes, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, Rhode Island.
Garden Art, RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island.
Artists Alumni, Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
Artists Examine Myth, Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin.
2000 Snapshot, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland.
In the Spirit of Landscape, V, Nielsen Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
Virginia Lynch, A Curatorial Retrospective, Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island Foundation Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island.
Drawing and Painting, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.
Artists Interpret Geography and Time, Charles A.Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin. Catalogue.
Fire and Ice, Attleboro Museum, Center for the Arts, Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Works From Nature, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, Rhode Island.
All You Can See, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin.
1999 Landscape, University Art Gallery, UMass Dartmouth, Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
Collage Artists, Clark House Gallery, Bangor,Maine.
Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, Rhode Island.
Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
1998 Libertad, Diversidad, Pluralismo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, Chile.
Ragdale/Cliff Dwellers, Borg-Wagner Building, Chicago, Illinois.
Still Light II, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City,Missouri.
Border Crossings, James Baird Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland.
1997 Lisa Parker Fine Art, New York, New York.
Waking to the World, Fulbright Anniversary Exhibition, Meridian International Center, Washington, D.C. Catalogue.
Generations, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts. Catalogue.
1996 a:e,iuo, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Contemporary Landscape, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, Rhode Island.
Just Add Water: Artists and the Aqueous World, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin. Catalogue.
1995 Imagining Angels, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
Painting, Dorry Gates Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri.
Total Solar Eclipse-A Collaboration, Boston Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts.
Landscape Invitational, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri.
1994 Whitten, Palliard, Manzalla, and Introducing Joan Backes, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, Rhode Island.
Boxes: Artists Respond to the Object, University of Nebraska Gallery of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska.
The Aesthetics of Athletics: Sports, Games and Exercise, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin. Catalogue.
1993 International Artist's Book Collaborations, Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Catalogue.
Ut Pictura Poesis, Mulvane Museum of Art, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. Catalogue.
Summer Invitational, Dorry Gates Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri.
1992 Beyond Bounds, Johnson County Community College Gallery of Art, Overland Park, Kansas.
International Artist's Book Collaborations, Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois. To tour through 1993 ending at Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Catalogue.
Portrait Salon, Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri.
Summer Invitational, Dorry Gates Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri.
1991 Summer Invitational, Dorry Gates Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri.
1990 Midlands Invitational 1990: Painting and Sculpture, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska. Catalogue.
Paschke Picks, Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Chicago Art Institute. Invitational Exhibition curated by Ed Paschke.
The Nature Conservancy Show, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Selected Honors and Awards

Fulbright Hays Grant, 2003
Senior Fulbright Scholar Award, 1994-95
National Endowment for the Arts/KS Art Com., 1992
American-Scandinavian Foundation Award, 1991

Selected Public Collections

Aberdeen Art Galleries and Museum, Aberdeen, Scotland
Alverno College Collection, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Association of Community Art Organizations for the State of Kansas
Bethany Medical Center Foundation, Kansas City, Kansas
Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts
Brown University, John Hay Library, Providence, Rhode Island
Citicorp, Chicago, Illinois
Deloitte and Touche, Chicago, Illinois
Deltak Incorporated, Chicago, Illinois
Diner's Club International, Chicago, Illinois
Embassy of the United States, Reykjavik, Iceland
Frank B. Hall Collection, Chicago, Illinois
Hafnarborg Institute of Culture and Fine Art, Iceland
Hospital Associations Project, Aberdeen, Scotland
International Minerals and Chemical Corporation, Chicago, Illinois
IRM Services, San Francisco, California
Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Kansas Arts Commission, Topeka, Kansas
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, Kansas
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mulvane Museum of Art, Topeka, Kansas
Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, Kansas City, Missouri
Norbank, Kansas City, Missouri
Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, Washington
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Peacock Printmakers, Aberdeen, Scotland
Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Scottish Postal Board
Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas
Sprint, Kansas City, Missouri
Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, Wisconsin
Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin
Yellowstone National Park


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