Joan’s curatorial journey began in the late 80’s. While producing works for Essence Art (a division of Essence Magazine) she had the opportunity to travel to events, such as Art Expo NYC and the Congressional Black Caucus Washington DC to set-up their art displays.
Recognizing the fact that the art establishment, unfamiliar with her art form and how to display it, she began curating her own exhibits. Her unique displays attracted much attention, so she was soon being hired by galleries and artists to help them with theirs.
In 1995, The Canadian Human Rights Commission chose Joan to curate their Black History Month “Human Rights through Art” exhibits. This exhibit was later renamed COLOURblind and is now being presented by the Association of African Canadian Artists.
The pinnacle of her career (thus-far) was being invited to guest curate three exhibits at the “Royal Ontario Museum” One of the largest museum in the world.
Over the years Joan has become the go-to person to curate exhibits, with works, produced by African Canadian Artists.