Joann Renner

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Night on Negley Ave., Shadyside, Pittsburgh, 2017 Oil On Canvas 30" X 24" X 1" © 2017 Joann Renner
Larimer Ave Bridge Pittsburgh, 2015 Pastel 9.25 X 12 X 0 Inches © 2015 Joann Renner
Lincoln Ave Bridge Pittsburgh, 2014 Pastel 11.5 X 16.75 X 0 Inches © 2014 Joann Renner
Wilksboro Bridge Northside Pittsburgh, 2014 Pastel 9.75 X 9 X 0 Inches © 2014 Joann Renner
Welcome to Pittsburgh, 2013 Pastel 7.25 X 9.5 X 0 Inches © 2013 Joann Renner
Three Sisters at PNC Park, 2015 Pastel 4 X 9.75 X 0 Inches © 2015 Joann Renner
Waiting for the Next Event, Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, 2011 Pastel 9 X 15 X 0 Inches © 2011 Joann Renner
Fall at the Peace Light Memorial, Gettysburg, 2011 Pastel 6.25 X 8 X 0 Inches © 2011 Joann Renner
Dawn Over the Railroad Cut, Gettysburg, 2011 Pastel 5 X 7 X 0 Inches © 2011 Joann Renner
Hallway, 1985 Oil On Canvas 35.5 X 27 X 2 Inches © 1985
Seaside Park, NJ Yacht Club, 1987 Oil On Canvas 22 X 34 X 1 Inches © 1987
Portal, 2017 Oil On Canvas 11" X 14" X 1" © 2017 Joann Renner
Quick Facts
York, PA
Birth year
Lives in
Butler, PA
Works in
Butler, PA & Pittsburgh, PA
Univ. of Pittsburgh, 1986, BA
surrealism, neo-expressionism, pastels, chalk pastels, colorful, oil painting, Landscape oil painting, light, light effects, movement of light, movement of color, color effects, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh artist, bridges, urbanscape, Urban Scene, historical painting, painting, drawing, figurative, landscape
Artist Statement & Resume

Artist's Statement

I use color and depth of field composition to engage the viewer. I love old architecture, and how color and light move over the architectural elements and textures. Examination of feelings of possibilities & uncertainties as one goes through life, of the intangible which can be beauty, awareness of past events and their effects on the community consciousness, the vibrancy of everyday life in a community, or simply a sense of being. Architecture breathes with the life of its community. Primary subjects are bridges, architecture, urban landscapes, landscapes, and historical sites. Architecture embodies and reflects the people of a community. It can lift up a neighborhood, or bring it down. The issue of inclusion of long-term, current residents, most of whom built the character of their neighborhoods and urban areas, in revitalization efforts is a major focus of mine. Animal subjects are a bread-and-butter staple, available mostly in my Etsy shop. 

Originally from southcentral PA, I spent a lot of time growing up in both Seaside Heights, New Jersey and Pa Dutch country depending on my parents' work. I have a BA in Studio Art/Fine Arts (Art History) from the University of Pittsburgh, 1986. I have had 4 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous juried and nonjuried group exhibitions since then. In 1999 I received the Judges Citation Award from WITF Gallery 33 On The Air. I took some time off to raise my family and have now restarted my career. Current member of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League. I work primarily in oils and pastels, my secondary medium is drawing. I have other ideas in the works for experimenting with other mediums later on. Recently, I completed a project for a local startup thoroughbred racing stable, which included business graphics, designs for jockey silks and a custom oil painting.  My primary influences have been my mentors while in college-Paul Binai, Ken Batista, James P. Nelson, Paul Glabicki, Girts Purins, Joseph Shepler, and Phil Rostek. German Expressionism, the post-Impressionists, and Japanese woodblock prints, esp. artists like Whistler, Cezanne, Wolf Kahn, Hopper, F. Church, among others. There are some images that I have copyrighted under my maiden name of Kohr, they are not by someone else.

 Any questions are welcome. You may contact me for handcolored signed print versions of the drawings, for custom work, and for gallery/representation/publishing or licensing inquiries. Also, look for my original T-shirt designs at to order T-shirts and accessories. My work is also available on,, .

See my booth of original artwork and prints at Garfield Night Market in Pittsburgh, PA and other local festivals. 

I also have a GoFundMe campaign to help with exhibition fees and expenses as I am just restarting the art festival and exhibition aspect of my career after taking 20 years off to raise my family. It's impossible to justify taking from the family budget for festival fees and to purchase the very specific professional displays required. Here's the link:  Thank you for believing in me!




April 27-May 1992                      The Gallery at 96 South, York, PA

July 1-August 29, 1988               Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center, York, PA

June 19-August 1, 1988              Pennsylvania State University, York Campus, York, PA

October 1986                               “Internal/External” Wm. Pitt Student Union Art Gallery,    University of Pittsburgh,                                                             Pittsburgh, PA


March-April 2018                       “Pure Pigment” Members Exhibition, Pgh.Pastel Artists League, Gilberti Gallery,   Coraoplis,PA

July-August 1992                            “Obsessions” The Arts Discovery Center, York, PA

March 1992                                     Retrospective Group Exhibition, The Arts Discovery Center, York, PA

August-September 1989                 “Drawing ‘89” Doshi Center for Contemporary Art, Harrisburg, PA

July 1987                                         Group Show, Carson Street Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

June 1986                                        Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA

April 1986, 1985                             Student Exhibition, UP Gallery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

May 1983, 1982                              Student Exhibitions, Chatham College, Pittsburgh, PA

August 1979                                    Island Heights Studio of Art 1st Art Exhibition, Island Heights, NJ


March 19, 1999                               Judges’ Citation Award, WITF Gallery 33 On The Air, Harrisburg, PA

August 1979                                    Honorable Mention, Island Heights Studio of Art 1st Art Exhibition, Island Heights, NJ


Summer 2017                Booth, Several Pittsburgh area art festivals & community events

Aug. 2017                       Booth, Rhythm & Brews Festival, Redfishbowl Prod., Monroeville, PA

Sept. 2016                     Booth, Penn Ave. Arts in Motion, Pittsburgh ArtCar Festival, Pittsburgh, PA                  

June 2016                     South Side Art Crawl Event, Redfishbowl Prod., Pittsburgh, PA                                             

June 2016                     Oil Painting “Hallway” used for cover art poetry book “Music From a Farther Room”    

                                         by  John C. Hughes, published June 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

March-April 2015         Group Exhibition, Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League, St. Clair Hospital,

                                         Pittsburgh, PA. Artwork donated for hospital fundraising auction.

Oct. -Dec. 2014              Startup business graphics, custom oil painting-Yellow Brick Stables 

                                         (thoroughbred horse racing) Karns City, PA                                                                                

2011-Present                  Member, Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League

1990-Present                   Owner, La Difference Fine Art, Antiques and Collectibles

1992-1994                        Artist-in-Residence, The Arts Discovery Center, York, PA

1987                                  “The University of Pittsburgh CONTACT!”  Admissions Book, photo of                                                         painting p.25

July 1987-Present            Self-employed fine artist and picture framer

Oct. 1986-July 1987        Picture Framer, Oboe, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA

Jan. 1983-April 1985       Assistant to the Director, Weibe and Bonwell Galleries, Pittsburgh,  PA

April 11-12, 1985             Conservation Workshop for Museum Professionals, Museum of Art, 

                                            Carnegie Institute of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

1984-1985                        Treasurer, Student Art League, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


Not currently represented at private galleries.


Pennsylvania State University, York Campus, York, PA

Commissioned painting in the permanent collection of The Arts Discovery Center, York, PA

Represented in several private collections.


Sept. 1983-April 1986       B.A. Studio Art/Art History. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA         

Sept. 1981-May 1983         Art History/Studio Arts major. Chatham College, Pittsburgh, PA