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Joanna Staniszkis  Bio  ·     ·  Exhibitions:   The Secret Life of Cocoons  ·  Linen's Edge

Joanna Staniszkis is a Canadian textile artist whose commissioned works hang in prominent buildings around the world. She has exhibited throughout Europe and North America. Joanna draws on a number of significant experiences: education at the Fine Arts Academy in her native Poland, studies at the School of the Chicago Art Institute and extensive travels in search of textiles for her study collection. Joanna has over 30 years of teaching experience at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada as an Associate Professor in Design and Textile Design. Her work is known for inventive, original techniques and unconventional use of materials as well as cross-cultural references. In the last few years, Ms. Staniszkis has returned to intensive experiments, the use of natural dyes, this time on silk.

Photo by Dave Shackelton

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Joanna Staniszkis - It Rains Cocoons - click for larger image

It Rains Cocoons
110 x 43 x 17 Inches 
silk cocoons, stainless steel loom heddles & plastic ties
Joanna Staniszkis - It Rains Cocoons - detail - click for larger image

It Rains Cocoons - detail
silk cocoons, stainless steel loom heddles & plastic ties
Joanna Staniszkis - Wild Cocoons in Black (4 forms) - click for larger image

Wild Cocoons in Black (4 forms)
construction of PVC mesh, ties
variable configurations
Joanna Staniszkis - Empty Vessel - click for larger image

Empty Vessel
12 x 15 Inches 
natural and dyed cocoons, metal mesh, rubber ties
Joanna Staniszkis - Empty Vessel - click for larger image

Empty Vessel
12 x 15 Inches 
cocoons, metal mesh, rubber ties
Joanna Staniszkis - Empty Vessel - click for larger image

Empty Vessel
12 x 15 Inches 
cocoons, metal mesh, rubber ties
Joanna Staniszkis - Wild Cocoon - click for larger image

Wild Cocoon
30 x 40 Inches 
silk fabric, silk fibers, natural dyes, screen printing
Please email the gallery to view more works by Joanna Staniszkis.

Solo Exhibitions
2005    Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2003    Ballard Lederer Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1992    West Kootenay Art Centre, Castlegar, BC
1991    Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Toronto
1991    Waikato Museum of Art, Hamilton, New Zealand
1989    UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver
1988    Cartwright Gallery, Vancouver
1979    Faculty Club, UBC, Vancouver
1978    Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
1976    Merton Gallery, Toronto
1974    Merton Gallery, Toronto
1973    Mido Gallery, Vancouver
1972    Merton Gallery, Toronto

Group Exhibitions
2006    Textures, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC
2000-1    Contemporary textiles - 3 exhibits Warsaw, Lodz, Elblag, Poland
1999    Blue: The Color that Changed the World, Vancouver Museum
1998    American Craft Museum, NYC
1998    Transformations, Canadian Craft Museum
1995    Made by Hand, B.C. Craftsmen Association Exhibition, CCM
1993    Alberta Crafts Council, Edmonton,
1993    Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1993
1992    Memorial University Art Gallery, St.Johns, Nfld,
1992    Aitken Bicentennial Exhibition Center
1992    Kyoto International Textile Exhibit, Kyoto, Japan
1991    Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver
1989    Masters of Crafts, traveling exhibition, opened Hull, Quebec
1986    Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
1981    Gregor, Rousseau-Vermette and Staniszkis, Art Gallery of Windsor
1978/81/83/85/92   International Tapestry Triennial, Lodz, Poland
1980    Royal Canadian Academy Centennial Exhibition, Toronto
1976    International Tapestry Exhibition, Vevey, Switzerland
1976    Tapestry Exhibition, Baruch Gallery, Chicago
1976    Tapestry Exhibition, Art Gallery of Windsor
1973/74    Textiles into 3D, Art Gallery of Ontario
1973    Mido Gallery, Vancouver

2002    Queen’s Gold Jubilee Medal,
2000    Canada Council Visual Arts Grant
1999/2000    Dekaban Foundation Travel Grant
1993    Nomination for the Joan Chalmers Award in Craft
1993    125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation Medal
1981    Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts
1981/83    Dean’s Grant, UBC research project in Bolivia
1980    Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy
1964-67    US Dpt. of State Scholarship to study at the School of the Chicago Art Institute

Canadian Embassy,Warsaw, Poland, 2002
Scotia Dance Centre, Vancouver, 2001
Terminal City Club, Vancouver, 1998
The Loewen Group, Inc., Burnaby, BC, 1995
Delta Municipal Hall, Delta, BC, 1994
British Columbia Automobile Association, Burnaby, BC, 1992
Mississauga Hospital, Ontario, 1991
Providence Center, Toronto, 1990
College of Dental Surgeons, Vancouver, 1989
Citibank Tower, Phoenix, Arizona, 1989
Economic Summit, Toronto Convention Center, 1987
Commonwealth Tapestry, Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, 1987
Lloyd’s Bank, Vancouver, 1987
Health Protection Branch, Burnaby, BC, 1986
C.C. Agency, Vancouver, 1985
Toronto-Dominion Bank, Toronto, 1985
Grosvenor International, Vancouver, 1984
St. Matthias Anglican Church, Vancouver, 1984
Park Place, Daon Corporation, Vancouver, 1984
Athabaska University, Athabaska, Alberta, 1983/84
School of Family and Nutritional Sciences, UBC, 1983
Vancouver Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, 1982
Canadian Industries Ltd., Toronto, 1981
Tricentral Oil Co., Calgary, Alberta, 1981
Federal Government Building, Calgary, Alberta, 1981
Daon Development Corporation, Vancouver, 1980
St. Bernadette Church, Surrey, BC, 1978
Canadian Pacific, London, England, 1978
Mercantile Bank of Canada, Vancouver, 1977, Los Angeles, 179, Calgary, 1984
Alberta Gas Trunk Line, Calgary, Alberta, 1977
Toronto Star Building, Toronto, 1976
Yukon Territorial Building, Whitehorse, Yukon, 1976
Sunnybrook Hospital Veterans Wing, Toronto, 1975
Plaza International Hotel, Vancouver, 1975
Laurel Medical Building, Vancouver, 1975
Bank of Montreal, Bentall III, Vancouver, 1973
Mount Pleasant Cemetery Memorial Chapel, Toronto, 1973

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