Installation view at Central

Cultural Casa Borda, Taxco, Mexico

Foreground is a hanaging sculpture by Tim Flynn; background--pieces from Fictions and Factions by Joan MacDonald.

Edge Gallery va a Mexico December 2006- January 2007:  Along with Claudia Gallegos of the University of Mexico and Rosario Cambray Garcia of Centro Cultural Casa Borda, Joan helped to bring about a show of Edge Gallery members' works in Taxco, Mexico.  She and three other Edge members traveled to Mexico to hang the show, give a gallery talk and present their work to University of Mexico students in Mexico City.


MFA, Fine Arts, Sculpture, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

BFA, Studio Art, Sculpture, Summa Cum Laude, University of Denver, Denver, CO



2015        Denver Silent Film Festival--designed 2015 poster and program cover

2011           Metropolitan State University Denver--sponsored art student intern

2010           Turnverein Annual Art Show, Denver, CO--juror

2008           Rocky Mountain School for Expeditionary Learning--one

                    week art intensive teaching high school students 

2007           Metropolitan State College of Denver, Basic Drawing

                   Class—slide presentation to students

                    regarding Edge Gallery’s exhibition in Taxco, Mexico   

2007           Edge Gallery—Gallery talk, Denver, CO

2007           Auraria Campus Library, Denver, CO—“Dilemma of

                    Language”-- performance artist in production created

                    by Heather Doyle

2006           Edge Gallery:  Organized/coordinated an Edge Gallery

                    group exhibition at Central Cultural Casa Borda,

                    Taxco, Mexico

2006           Central Cultural Casa Borda, Taxco, Mexico—Gallery


2006           University of Mexico, Department of Art, Mexico City,

                    Mexico:  Slide presentation of art work to students

2006           Slide presentation of Edge Gallery members’ works to

                    students at the University of Mexico,  Department of

                    Art, Mexico City, DF, Mexico

2006           Edge Gallery, Curated show of Ken Bowman’s recent

                    work, Denver, CO

2004-05      Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver,

                     instructor, Drawing

2004            Longmont Free University, Longmont, CO, designed 

                     painted storefront

2004            University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, presented

                     work to undergraduate art students

2004            Member:  Denver Book Arts, Denver, CO

2003            Kitty Reid, Denver, CO:  Designed tile fireplace and art


2003            Wrote 3 poems/stories for Mark Brasuell’s show

                     at Edge Gallery, Denver, CO

2003            Art Pause:  Replay, Fast Forward, Denver Art

                      Museum, Denver, CO, attended symposium

2002, 2003     Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO, Substitute for

                     drawing and 2-D foundations classes

2001-2002   Member, Golden Triangle Arts District, Denver, CO

2000-2003   Member, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

1999              Arts and Technology, Denver, CO, attended


1997-present  Member, Edge Gallery, Denver, CO

1996              Alternative Arts Alliance, Studio Tour participant,

                       Denver, CO

1993-95         Interior Transformations, Partner: faux finishes, murals,

                       artwork for businesses and homes (participated in 1994 Parade of Homes)

1993-94        Teaching art to private students

1993              Meridian Senior Center, Lakewood, CO: taught art to

                       senior citizens

1992              Holy Name Church, Sheridan, CO: commission, life-size

                       outdoor ceramic sculpture of St. Agnes

1992              University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, CU Art Galleries,

                       Gallery Assistant: gallery preparation, crating and uncrating two and three dimensional work, setting up exhibitions, assisting with receptions and marketing, supervising work-study students and co-curated “1492-1992 Columbus Workshop” with Gallery Director, Michael Crane

1991               University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, Graduate Teaching Instructor: Created curriculum for and taught basic sculpture class that developed student creativity, conceptual and sculptural skills, knowledge of tools and materials, and awareness of contemporary art history

1990               Gilpin School PTA, Denver, CO: Discussion with parents about creating a home environment for children that encourages artistic expression

1985-86         Member, Studio Art Gallery, Denver, CO

1982               Jefferson County Recreation, Senior Citizens Center, Arvada, CO: Drawing Workshop

Mrs. Lou Catugno, Lakewood, CO: commission, indoor ceramic fountain, collaborative project

1982-84         Self-employed, selected clients: Central City Opera Assoc., organized marketing dept. files; Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities, secretary/receptionist; Denver Art Museum Membership Office, intern; Denver Chamber Orchestra, board meeting minutes; Historic Denver, tour guide



1992                Graduate School Dean’s Small Grant Award, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (spring and fall)

1990               Summa Cum Laude, University of Denver, Denver, CO

University of Denver, Shwayder Gallery, First place in sculpture

University of Denver, School of Art, Outstanding Student

Muller-Brewster Scholarship, University of Denver

1990, 89         Harrison Scholarship, School of Art, University of


Golden Key National Honor Society

1988-90         Hornbeck Scholar, University of Denver

National Dean’s List

1988               University of Denver, Shwayder Gallery, First Prize,


1982               Jewish Community Center, 22nd Annual Collectors Mart, Honorable Mention



* Taxco, Mexico: videotaped and interviewed by local TV and print media, December 9, 2006

* Hilary DePolo, KUVO-FM Radio – Live interview on August 19, 2005

* Mary Voelz Chandler, Rocky Mountain News, November 26, 2004

* Hilary DePolo, KUVO-FM Radio – Live interview on November 5, 2004

* Mary Voelz Chandler, “Art”, Rocky Mountain News, Aug. 1, 2003

* Michael Paglia, “Artbeat” Westword, Issue dated: July 31-Aug. 6, 2003

Calendar (photo), Littleton Independent, January 30, 2003, vol. 115, issue 5, p. 12B

* Mary Voelz Chandler, “Show Emits a Swarm Feeling,” Rocky Mountain News, 10-18-02

“Art Walk,” Element, 37, November 2002

* Mary Voelz Chandler,  "An Array of Abstraction", Rocky Mountain News, 9-3-99, p. 16D

* Mary Voelz Chandler, "Stock Show Bit has Historical View", Rocky Mountain News, 1-9-98, p. 15D

* Jamie Wilson, “Artists tackle nature of memory”, Colorado Daily, p. 43, 11-22-92

* Nancy Clegg, “Naughty but Nervous”, Westword, p. 30, 12-26-90

“ Here and There--Show at Grant Street Studio”, Out Front, p. 8, 11-30-90

* Nancy Clegg, “Space Explorers”, Westword, p. 28, 6-13-90

* Steven Rosen, Denver Post, p. 10D, 6-10-90

* Nancy Clegg, “Altar Egos”, Westword, p. 28, 11-8-89

* Nancy Clegg, “Alone Together”, Westword, p. 32, 5-10-89

* Dixie L. Griffin, “The Sometimes Baffling Art of Performance”, Muse, p. 1-3, April/May, 1989



2019      Work in Progress:  Dad's Stories of McDonald's Island and the St. Clair Flats.  Currently being reviewed and should be in final form soon


2006      Disaster 2, San Francisco, CA, art and poetry

2006      The Speaking Eye, vol. 1, issue 5, Interview with Ken

               Bowman by Joan MacDonald            

1999:     Hobo Signs; collaboration with Mark Brasuell (self-


1999:     Minus One (self-published)

1997:     Cinderella Revisited; Briar Rose Revisited 


1990:     Foothills Literary Association, Grain Storage, 1988, 1990: 




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