(Originally posted Sept. 1/2011. Re-posted today as part of our special Black History Month tribute highlighting 28 of Canada’s top influencers & trailblazers.)
Artist / Art Director / Art Curator / Author, Association of African Canadian Artists, Brampton, ON. Born: Bermuda.
Joan Butterfield is an internationally recognized artist, art curator and author. A practicing artist for over 25 years, she has produced and sold over 7,000 works that can now be found in private and corporate collections, museums, universities, hospitals, libraries and city halls throughout the world. She has also developed and curated over 100 exhibits for numerous organizations, fortune 500 companies, and educational institutions; participated and exhibited in over 300 solo and group exhibits, both in Canada and the USA; and is the creator, producer and curator of the critically-acclaimed COLOURblind travelling art exhibit, which kicks-off each year in conjunction with the Scotiabank Caribana Festival – the largest cultural festival in North America.
Associations: Art Director of the Association of African-Canadian Artists (the largest Canadian Art Organization dedicated to the support, development and sharing of original works of art produced by artists of African Canadian heritage); member of the FMC – the Board of Directors for the Scotiabank Caribana Festival and Curator of their annual art exhibit.
Other works: Guest Curator Royal Ontario Museum; Curator, “Roots to Rhythm”, Royal Ontario Museum (2008); Curator, “Beyond the Rhythm”, Royal Ontario Museum (2009); Curator, “From the Soul”, Royal Ontario Museum (2010); author of, Starving Artist Guide to Riches, and 100’s of articles on art; developer and producer of artist’s help channels and educational websites.
Honours: Includes New Pioneers award (2010); Woman of Great Esteem award; Certificate of Merit, New York State Assembly; Certificate of Achievement, New York State Senate.
Favourite book? The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill.
Favourite quote? “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Open an African-Canadian art museum; a museum that will collect and preserve art and artifacts, through exhibitions and programs, interpret the history and stories of African-Canadians and those of the African Diaspora.
Who inspires you? My children.
Why do you do what you? Because it gives me joy.