Joy Portrait


The focus on my working class roots, and the immigrant experience in America are the catalyst for images of the bawdy, and the eccentric drawn from a world I once knew.  This goes to the heart of my inspiration for this series of paintings.  The works are ambitious in scale and execution, they focus on the buxom figure set into intricate and mythic New York/English landscapes.  The scenarios oscillate between truth and fantasy, and are by turns introspective, edgy, or comically tinted.  The greater the complexity the more I enjoy painting, and indulging my impulse to form a contrast between the hefty and the minute. A tiny bee underfoot, a mouse, or a gossamer dandelion, are set in opposition, and add a sense of intimacy to a voyeuristic narrative.

Technically these paintings are steeped in tradition, painted and re-painted over long periods of time.  This is accomplished with both direct, and indirect techniques, which serve to produce rich color, depth and textural illusion.  Drawing skills too play their own part in developing the character of a painting to its full potential.




1981    M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Hoffberger School of Graduate Painting

1979    B.A., S.U.N.Y Brockport, Brockport , NY

1978    Rochester Institute of Technology

1970-72           John Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IND


Solo, Two Person, and Invitational Exhibitions

2104    AXOM Gallery & Exhibition Space, Mad Sally with Things on Strings, solo exhibit,

Rochester, NY

2013    Carmen Lewis Gallery, Troy, NY

2008    Handwerker Gallery, The Evolution of Mad Sally, solo retrospective, sponsored by Ithaca College the Department of Gerontology, Ithaca, NY

2008    Delevan Gallery, group invitational, Syracuse, NY

2007    John D. Rockefeller Gallery, SUNY Fredonia, Mad Sally: Dancing with Shadows, Fredonia, NY

2006    Albright Knox Museum, biennial invitational, Buffalo, NY

2005    George Waters Gallery, Elmira College, three-person invitational, Elmira, NY

2005    Schweinfurth Gallery, invitational, Auburn, NY

2004    Roberson Museum, invitational, Cosmos and Chaos a Cultural Paradox, Binghamton, NY

2004    Memorial Art Gallery Museum, biennial invitational, Rochester, NY

2004    Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, Mad As the Mist and Snow, Ithaca, NY

2004    Tyler Art Gallery, SUNY Oswego, Mad Sally’s Marvelous Adventures, Oswego, NY

2003    Warehouse Gallery, Rude and Bold Women, invitational, Binghamton, NY

2003    Bertha Lederer Gallery, SUNY Geneseo, two-person invitational, Geneseo, NY

1994    Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, solo exhibition, Ithaca, NY

1995    Everson Museum, solo exhibition, Syracuse, NY

1992    Center One Gallery, Joy Adams: Looking Glasses, Soho, New York, NY

1991    Handwerker Gallery, Timepieces, two-person, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

1990    Mercer Gallery, MCC, Joy Adams, Recent Work, Rochester, NY

1986    SUNY Brockport, solo exhibition, Brockport, NY

1984    Remington Museum, Joy Adams, Recent Paintings, Ogdensburg, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2011    Memorial Art Gallery/Museum, Rochester, NY, award

2011    Schweinfurth Memorial Art Gallery, Auburn, NY

2011    XL Projects Gallery, Syracuse, NY

2010    Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY, small works exhibition

2009    Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, collaborative artist book

2009    Mobius Gallery, Boston, NY, collaborative artist book

2009    River Mill Gallery, Westfield, NJ, collaborative artist book

2009    Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery, NY,NY collaborative artist book (traveling)

2009    The Working Relationship Carousel, Ithaca, NY

2008    Munson Williams Proctor Museum, Central NY Artists, Utica, NY

2002    Memorial Gallery, Rochester, NY, award

2002    Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

1999    Memorial Art Gallery/Museum, Rochester, NY

1997    Baisley House Gallery, Brooklyn Heights, New York, NY

1996    Munson Williams Proctor Museum, Central NY Artists, Utica, NY, award

1996    Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY, award

1994    Alternative Museum, New York, NY

1993    Art in General, New York, NY

1992    Gallery Tribeca, New York, NY

1991    Federal Plaza, Jacob Javits Bldg., New York, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions – continued

1991    Organization of Independent Artists, New York, NY

1991    Adelphi University Gallery, New York, NY

1990    Bergen Museum of Art, Parasmus, NJ

1989    Susquehanna Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia, PA

1988    Foreman Gallery, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

1987    Gallery 34, College of the Finger Lakes, Canandaigua, NY

1986    New Paltz Gallery, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

1985    Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY

1985    AAO Gallery, Buffalo, NY

1984    Pleaides Gallery, Soho, New York, NY



2013    IthacaLit, summer issue,

2013    Orion Magazine, March/April issue

2011    City Newspaper, Rochester, NY, August

2011    Democrat and Chronical, Living, August

2008    Cover feature on Stone Canoe Journal of Arts and Ideas, painting featured on 50′           billboard in Armory Square, downtown Syracuse, NY, Spring

2006    Albright Knox, Beyond in Western NY, catalog, page 6,

2004    Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin Lifestyle, Cosmos and Chaos, January 30, =

2004    ART NEWS, Cosmos and Chaos, page 47, January,

2004    Roberson Museum and Science Center, Cosmos and Chaos a Cultural Paradox,

                catalog, p.19

2003    Democrat and Chronicle, Living, Rochester, NY, July 31



2009    Los Angeles County Museum Library, collaborative artist book

1996    Munson Williams Proctor Museum

1979    SUNY Brockport

1983    SUNY Potsdam

1980    Grace Hartigan, private collection



2011    Harbor Capitol Advisory Services Award, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

2010    New York Foundation for the Arts, fellowship in painting

1999    Memorial Gallery Museum, Rochester, NY

1998    New York Foundation for the Arts, Strategic Opportunity Grant

1997    Ithaca College scholarship for Fresco Painting Technique course/ H.F.Johnson             Museum/Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

1999    Ithaca College scholarship for Painting Techniques of the 17th Century Dutch Masters,

New York Academy, NY, NY

2002    Ithaca College scholarship for Portrait Painting workshop, New York Academy, NY,

1996    Munson Williams Proctor Museum, purchase award

1995    Arnot Museum, Elmira, NY