About the Artist


Joan Griffin


Joan Griffin has been weaving for 40 years and is a full time studio artist who divides her time between hand weaving tapestries for exhibitions and for commissions. Her degrees include a MFA in Textile Design, Antioch University and BS Art Education, S.U.N.Y. College, Buffalo, NY.

She has taught at various art centers,colleges and high schools. She was also Research Ass’t to Irene Emery, curator emeritus, Textile Museum,Wash. DC. Currently she teaches weekend workshops in her Charlottesville studio.

Selected Exhibitions

  • US Embassy  Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 2016-2018
  • Journeys in Woven Color, Barns at Rose Hill, Berryville, VA through September 23,2017
  • Small Tapestry International 5 : Crossroads, Univ. of North Texas, August 17- September 30,2017,
  • Small tapestry International 5: Crossroads, Handforth Gallery, Tacoma Public Library, November 15- December 30,2017
  • Properties of the Imagination: The art of Fine Craft, December -February 2017, Waynesboro Theatre, Waynesboro, VA
  • Explorations in Fiber, Blackrock Center for the Arts, February 2016, Germatown , MD
  • Tapestry Weavers South Anniversary Exhibit. Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, Yadkinville, NC. May 3 to July 9, 2016.
  • Small Tapestry International 4:traveling exhibit 2015 and early 2016.
  • Stories of the Sea, Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez, Florida, 2015
  • U.S.Embassy,Dili, East Timor 2015-2017.
  • The Art is the Cloth, Deerfield Academy, South Deerfield, MA  March 26 -May 1,2015
  • American Tapestry Biennial 10, Kaneko, Omaha, NE. February 6-April 24,2015
  • Tapestry Weavers South And The Beat Goes On, Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC 2014
  • Journeys in Woven Color, McGuffey Art Center,Charlottesville, VA July 2013
  • Threads of Life,Quinlan Visual Art Center, Gainsville,GA April-June 2013
  • Fiber and Fabric,Art Craft Design, regional Surface Design Assoc.exhibit,Craddock Gallery,Riverviews Artspace,Lynchburg,VA May 3-June,2013
  • Into the Garden, NC Arboretum, Asheville, NC October 2012-January 2013
  • Woven Journeys,one person exhibit,WVTF Studio Gallery,Charlottesville, VA November, 2012
  • The Artist Among Us, Burchfield Penny Art Center, Buffalo, NY May-August 2012
  • Pacific Portals. Long Beach,CA library July -August 2012
  • Coastal Fibers 2011,Art center Gallery, Astoria ,OR
  • Small Tapestry International:Passages, Weaving Southwest,Taos, NM ,Tacoma, WA and Glen Allen, VA 2011
  • Inspirations from Nature, NC Arboretum, Asheville, NC 2010
  • Tapestry Journeys, Shenandoah Valley Art Center,Waynesboro, VA 2010
  • Journey of the Imagination, Hudgens Center for the Arts,Duluth, GA 2009
  • Woven Visions, Anderson Art Center, Anderson, SC 2009
  • Woven Wonders, James Madison University Arboretum,Harrisonburg, VA 2009
  • Tapestry: Interpretation of the Natural World, The Mill Gallery, Charlottesville, VA 2008
  • U.S. Embassy, Managua, Nicaragua 2008-2012
  • Blue Ridge Hand weaving exhibit, Asheville, NC 2008
  • Land:Tapestry Foundation of Victoria Exhibition, National University, Canberra, Australia 2008
  • Small Expressions 2007. Univ. of Nebraska,Lincoln and Indianapolis Art Center, IN
  • Tapestry:People and Places, Artisan Center of Virginia, Waynesboro, VA 2007
  • Southern Yarns,Southern Highland folk Art Center, Asheville, NC 2007
  • Augusta Medical Center First Floor Gallery, one person exhibit. Fisherville, VA (2006)
  • Fiber Celebrated 2006: Lincoln Art Center, Ft. Collins, CO.
  • Craft National 2006: Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster PA
  • On the Soft Edge: An Adventure in Contemporary Textiles, Dorchester Arts Center, Cambridge, MD (2005)
  • Natures Texture, Gallery at Fifth and Water, Charlottesville, VA (2005)
  • Celebration of Fiber, Apex Gallery,Washington, DC (2005)
  • Crossing Boundaries: The Tapestry Group, Good Goods Gallery, Saugatuck, MI (2004)
  • Spotlight 2003: Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC American Craft Council Southeast Juried Exhibit
  • Tapestry: Art in Fiber: OakRidge ArtCenter, OakRidge,TN, Spartanburg County Museum, SC (2002)
  • Moments in Tapestry: Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, IL (2001)
  • International Invitational Liturgical Art Guild Exhibit, Schumacher Gallery, Columbus Ohio (1999)
  • American Tapestry Biennial, traveling exhibit ‘96-97,
  • SELECT: Juried Regional Exhibit: Sawhill Gallery, J.Madison Univ. Harrisonburg, VA (1995)
  • TWINE Exhibition: Emporium Gallery, Dover, NH (1995)
  • Fiber Celebrated ‘95: Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
  • Tapestry: solo exhibit, Hinkle Library, S.U.N.Y. Alfred, NY (1994)

Corporate / Residential / Liturgical Commissions / Collections

  • Stafford Hospital Center, Stafford, VA
  • Residence, New York City, NY
  • Augusta Medical Center, Fishersville, VA
  • Martha Jefferson Hospital Outpatient Clinic, Charlottesville, VA
  • St Francis de Sales, Abingdon, MD
  • Holy Family Catholic Community, Middletown, MD
  • Residence, Mclean, VA
  • University of North Carolina Library, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Wheeling Medical Center Hospital Chapel, Wheeling, W. VA
  • Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, Reston, VA
  • Residence, Fairfax, VA
  • Chevy Chase Savings & Loan, Olney, MD
  • Satellite Business Systems, Mclean, VA

Latest Work


Forest Edge