Born in Beaumont, Texas
Lives & works in Lawrence, Kansas




1961; 1963-4

Centenary College, Shreveport, LA



Northeast LA State College, Monroe, LA.



BFA with Distinction, University of Kansas. Lawrence, KS


Shows and Exhibitions



1.  Mark 100, "Zipped" and "Memories", Jan.3 - April 18, Mark Arts, Wichita, KS.

2.  Loewe Hotel, Kansas City, MO, Installation, Permanent Collection.

3.  "Red", Manhattan Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, June-May, 2021

4.  "Blue and White Checks", Lawrence Memorial Hospital West,  Permanent Collection.

5.  "Carnival", New Directions, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, Oct 10-Nov14 (juror-Nic Aziz).


1. Combined Talents, "Renter", FSU Museum of the Arts, Tallahassee, FL.  (juror-Hallie Ringle).

2. Melinda Narro, "Past Made Present: Memory, Materiality, and Gender in the Art of Joelle Ford and Ani Volkan", Art History      Master's Class at the University of Kansas, May 2019.

3. “Red”, Downtown Lawrence Sculpture Exhibition, Lawrence, KS, June 2019-May 2020.  
4. Melinda Narro, “Joelle Ford:  Through the Eyes of an Art History Student”, Lawrence Art Center Blog, March, 2019.
5. Mix It Up! (Invitational), “Hidden Talents” and “Renter”, Sabatini Art Gallery, Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS.
6. Her Art - Who Does She Think She Is, juried show, “With Determination, She Persisted”, UMKC and InterUrban ArtHouse, Kansas City, MO.
7. Darin White, “Joelle Ford’s Creations”, Lawrence Magazine (cover and article)
8.  “Catch the Fever - Reading is Contagious”, installation - Read Across Lawrence, Lawrence Public Library, KS.  Supported by Capitol Federal Foundation. 


1.  Kansas Collections II (one-person show), Oct. 26 - Dec. 21. Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS.
2.  Lacey Gregory, “Local artist’s upcoming show features found-art sculptures.”, University Daily Kansan, Oct. 23, 2018.
4.  “Gumbo Girl”, Kansas Public Radio, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
5.  Art Kansas (Invitational), “Fault Line”, McPherson College, KS.


1.  The Photography Exhibition 2017, “Self-Portrait” and “Through the Window”, Art at the Center, Overland Park, KS.
2.  Topeka Competition 33, “Swamp Girl”, Sabatini Art Gallery, Topeka, KS (juror-Emily Williams).
3.  River Market Regional Exhibition, “Block Party”, Kansas City Artists Coalition,
Kansas City, MO (juror-Curlee Holton)  


1. “Carnival”, “Approaching Storm”, “Red”, and “Notes to You!”, Permanent Collection - Capitol Federal Hall (, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
2.  SAAC Juried Art Competition, “We must always be ready to negotiate!”, South Arkansas Art Center, El Dorado, AK (juror-Alejo Beneditti).


1.  “Wave the Wheat”, Permanent Collection of the US Embassy, Cotonou, Benin, Africa, Art in Embassies, US Department of State.
2.  Texas National, “You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda”, Stephen F Austin Univ. Art Gallery, Nacogdoches, TX (juror-Zhi Lin).


1.  KCStudio-Connect, group show, Leedy-Voulkas Gallery, Kansas City, MO.
2.  2nd place, Photo Midwest Invitational, “The Hymn Book, Vol. II”, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI (juror-Wally Mason).
3.  STAA 49th Juried Exhibition, “Snake in the Hen House!”, St. Tammany Art House, Denham Springs, LA (juror-Beth Batton).
4.  Chautauqua National Juried Exhibition: Beauty Matters, “Miss Firecracker Legs” and “Beauty Shop”, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY (juror-Andrea Keys-Connell).


1.  “Gumbo Girl”, Magale Library of Centenary College, Shreveport, LA.
2.  “Magale Library celebrates 50th birthday, exhibits alumna’s work”, Centenary News
3.  “Multiples:  Paintings & Installations by Joelle Ford and Stephen Johnson”, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL.


1.  “Gumbo Girl”, one-person show, Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port Arthur, TX.
2.  Beth Rankin, “Hot Pick:  Gumbo Girl opening reception”, Beaumont Enterprise.
3.  “What Now?” Invitational, “Hoop ‘N’ Loops” and “Double Dipped”, KC Artist Coalition, KC, MO.
4.  Theresa Bembnister, “This is NOW”, The Pitch, Aug. 22, 2012, Kansas City, MO. 
5.  “Circles of Color – Installation by Joelle Ford”, Lincoln Art Center, Lincoln, KS.
6.  “Kansas Corn, Wrapped and Unwrapped”, Permanent Collection of Lincoln Art Center, Kansas Art Collection, Lincoln, KS.
7.  “Gumbo Girl”, one-person show, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA.


1.  “Kansas Masters Invitational Traveling Exhibition”, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS, Sabatini Gallery at the Topeka-Shawnee County Library, Topeka, KS.
2.  Jason Dilt, “Kansans’ art reflects home state”, Wichita, Wichita, KS.
3.  MAP Grant, KC Artists Coalition.
4.  River Market Regional Exhibition, “What’s Next?”, Kansas City Artist Coalition, Kansas City, MO (juror-Patricia McDonnell).
5.  McNeese Works on Paper, “Outside Dining”, collage McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA (juror-Dan Cameron).
6.  53rd Annual Delta Exhibition, “What’s Next?”, mixed media, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK (juror-Meredith Ward).



1.  Leslie Newell Peacock, “The ‘Delta’:  Better Than the Best”, Arkansas Times, Little Rock, AK.
2.  ’Art Clips”, one-person show, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS.
3.  “Pop”, group show invitational, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS.
4.  Don Lambert, “Mounting the Mundane at the Mulvane”, E-Review-Mid America’s Visual Arts Publication, Kansas City, MO.
5.  “Reinventions”, one-person show, Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University,
Topeka, KS.
6.  “Richly Pigmented”, Group Show, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS.
7.  “Coming Home”, four-person show, Real Art DeRidder, DeRidder, LA.


1.  Rauschenberg Tribute Exhibition, “Break Point”, Museum of  the Gulf Coast, Port  Arthur, TX (juror-Susan Davidson).
2.  River Market Regional Exhibition, “Circles of Color II” and “III’, Kansas City Artist Coalition, Kansas City, MO (juror-Anthony Huberman).
3.  “Kansas Masters Invitational”, 100 Kansas Artists, Curator-Don Lambert, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS.
4.  Permanent Collection - Emprise Bank Kansas Art Collection, “Checked Out” and “Circles of Color”, Wichita, KS.


1.  2nd place, River Market Regional Exhibition,  “Circles of Color1A and B”, Kansas City Artist Coalition, Kansas City, MO (juror-Dominic Molon).
2.  “Kansas Collections”, one-person show, Lawrence Arts Center, Ann Evans Gallery, Lawrence, KS.

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