Joan Fitzsimmons' ongoing bodies of work examine the endless complexities and uncertainties of the quotidian, questions about human relationships, the nature of home and, with the series Plant Life, her relationship to nature.
Fitzsimmons has exhibited nationally, internationally and online. She has traveled to Poland on a grant from Artslink, and, most recently, from The Kittredge Fund. In Poland she researched Wycinanki, the traditional cut-paper arts, and visited the primeval forest Bialoweiza in preparation for her large-scale photographic series, The Woods. While there she also performed in a trilogy of videos by the Warsaw artist Jacek Malinowski.
Ms. Fitzsimmons solo exhibitions include an upcoming one this summer, 2015 at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, which will be hosting a selection from her series, "Plant Life". Among other solo exhibitions : The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT; Portland State University Portland, Oregon; The Zone Relay Gallery of The Kansas City Art Institute; 4th Street Photo in New York; Artemisia Gallery and Randolph Street Gallery in Chicago. Her work has been included in group exhibitions such as Concealment & Disclosure, Atlantic Gallery, NY, NY; Dinner, Umbrella Arts Gallery, NY, NY; The Boston Drawing Project, Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston, MA; It's Not Easy, Exit Underground, Exit Art, NY, and Conspectus I, Artspace Gallery, New Heaven & Hell, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; Dogs, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Light; From Illumination to Pure Radiance, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Fitzsimmons' work is in the permanent collections of The Brooklyn Museum of American Art; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT; The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY, New Paltz; as well as, various other private and public collections.
Joan Fitzsimmons received her M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her B.F.A. from Washington University School of Fine Arts in St. Louis, MO. She is presently a Professor of Art at Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT.