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 http://ladifference.spreadshirt.com to order T-shirts and accessories. My work is also available on https://www.saatchiart.com/joannrenner, www.rawartists.org/joannrenner, https://fineartamerica.com/profiles..., http://etsy.com/shop/rennerladifference .
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: https://gofundme.com/joannrenner. 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
JURIED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
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
PUBLICATIONS, EMPLOYMENT, PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
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
GALLERY REPRESENTATION, PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
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