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Joann Quiñones work Kansas City and Akron Exhibitions

Joann Quiñones with Vejigante: Mestizo image by Destini Ross
Joann Quiñones with Vejigante: Mestizo image by Destini Ross

Joann Quiñones, who recently joined the Sculpture / Dimensional Studies faculty as Assistant Professor of Sculpture - Fibers and Mixed Media, has work in two exhibitions this fall.


Joann Quiñones, who recently joined the Sculpture / Dimensional Studies faculty as Assistant Professor of Sculpture - Fibers and Mixed Media, has work in two exhibitions this fall.

A Solo Exhibition entitled "La Gruta/The Grotto" is on view at the Belger Arts Center in Kansas City, MO through February 5, 2022. In addition, Quiñones has two artworks in the "More is More: Visual Richness in Contemporary Art" show at the Akron Art Museum, which is on view through March 27, 2022.

The Belger Arts Center exhibition features mixed media figurative work which includes materials such as ceramics, fibers, and newspaper advertisements.  exhibition was recently written about in PBS NewsHour's Canvas Art Hub. The exhibition is based on the concept of the grotto, an artificial or natural cavern used for both sanctuary and devotion. Rich in iconography and symbolism, La Gruta/The Grotto holds figurative sculptures, including “relics,” that explore the intricacies of race, class, gender, sexuality, and religion—concepts that are highly ritualized. The work in the exhibition is an invitation to contemplate narratives of the domestic, family, and womanhood and how they are complicated by a history of slavery, stolen labor, and racism, particularly in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

On view at the Akron Art Museum are two works, "Vejigante: Mestizo" and "Vejigante: Mulatto", are presented salon-style, and all the artists in the exhibition were selected for their contemporary take on historical styles and techniques. For example, refined Renaissance oil paintings on panel, robust Baroque portraits, and 19th-century miniatures take on new forms. The exhibition is presented in salon-style hangings, the practice of filling entire walls with art.

Joann Quiñones is a mixed media artist who creates figurative work in order to explore Afro-Latinx identity. She was selected an Emerging Artist of 2020 by Ceramics Monthly, was a Manifest Gallery Annual Prize Finalist, and received an Honorable Mention for the James Renwick Alliance Chrysalis Award. Her work has been shown nationally, including in the 2020 NCECA Annual Exhibition, “The Burdens of History”. She completed her MFA in Studio Art from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2019, and also has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa.