Born in New York, Joyce Ellen Weinstein later moved to Washington, DC. She received her Master of Fine Arts from The City College of New York, and attended The Art Students League. She received fellowships to Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem, Israel and to the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. As an artist-in-residence, she painted a mural in Prague, Czech Republic. From 2000 to 2005 she was artist-in-residence at Europos Parkas, Open-Air Museum of the Center of Europe, Vilnius, Lithuania. Her works are in permanent collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; Hebrew Union College Institute of Religion Museum, New York; Gallerie-Junge KunstWerkStart, Vienna, Austria; The Social-Cultural Center, Prague, Czech Republic; Amnesty International; Einchen Americe, Princeton, New Jersey, among many others. Her works are in private collections in the US and Europe. She is included in Fixing the World: Jewish-American Artists of the Twentieth Century
, by Ori Z. Soltes, New England University Press.
In general, Weinstein’s work concerns itself with the understanding of human relationships, beginning with ourselves and extending outward to include family, community, ethnicity and nationality. Specifically, the work coming out of her research and travels is concerned with memory and how memory over time plays tricks with one’s capacity to revive or recall previous experiences, impressions or images as they really were. What was once significant or primary can become illusive or distant, and what was abstracted, can form strong material substance in the mind’s eye. Distortions of place and mind, or the subliminal self, can overshadow reality. Memory can also be a collective experience, belonging to a community at large; events that have occurred to others, in another time and place can be captured or possessed, real enough in the mind to seem to be one’s own personal experience.
Biography courtesy of Joyce Ellen Weinstein
The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY, USA
The City College of New York, New York, NY, USA
Fellowship, Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem, Israel
Fellowship, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Lake, NY, USA