artists > Joanna Pinsky

Joanna Pinsky is a painter residing in Evanston, Illinois. For nearly forty years, she has been creating two dimensional shaped paintings. Initially, she explored color and perceptual concepts in geometric shaped canvases. These evolved into textural works that pitted natural textures such as sand, sawdust and gravel, against geometric shapes. The next series were large scale invented shapes inspired by aerial views of landscape. In the 1990’s she began to develop paintings based on photographs of architectural structures including buildings, bridges and viaducts. Recently, she has been creating installations of small works on gator board. Arranged in unexpected positions, these architectural forms seem to be whirling in space.

Pinsky has exhibited shaped paintings and rectangular works on paper in numerous solo shows including several at Perimeter Gallery and Nancy Lurie Gallery in Chicago, ArtWorks in Waukegan, Il, and A.I.R. Gallery in New York City. Her work has been seen in numerous group exhibits including the Osaka Triennial in Japan, the State of Illinois Building in Chicago, The Springfield Museum, the Charles Wustum Museum in Racine, Wisconsin, the Ukrainian Art Institute in Chicago as well as gallery exhibits in Rockford, IL, Santa Fe, N.M. and Minneapolis, MN, and Louisville, Kentucky. She has been represented by Nancy Lurie Gallery and Perimeter Gallery in Chicago. She is also a member of Space 900, an artists’ collective in Chicago. Her work can be seen on and

Pinsky’s work is in many private, corporate and museum collections including the Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Il, Honeywell, Inc, Minneapolis, Sandoz Corp, Des Plaines, Il, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago and the Loyola Medical Center, Maywood, Il. She has received feature articles in the Chicago Tribune, Crains Chicago Business and Pioneer Press, and her work has been reviewed in The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-times, The New Art Examiner and Pioneer Press . Her work is included in the book, The Chicago Art Scene, by Ivy Sundell, Crow Woods Press, 1999, and she has been listed in Who’s Who in American Women since 1997. Pinsky has a B.F.A. from Cornell University where she majored in painting and studied art history.

In addition to her work as an artist, Joanna Pinsky is a co-founder and Artistic Director of Art Encounter, a nearly 30 year old non-profit education organization. With the mission to bring a deeper understanding of art and the creative process to people of all ages and backgrounds, Art Encounter employs an interactive discussion approach to help people discover artistic concepts and to value diverse points of view. Art Encounter brings the general public to artists’ studios, private collections, museums and galleries, and brings original art and creative workshops to schools, residences for the elderly and community centers. Art Encounter also offers art trips to foreign and domestic locations. See

“Neptune St. Cuba”
Acrylic on Arches paper
26" x 41"
“Brown Line”
Acrylic on canvas
69" x 50"