Connecting Art to the Neighborhood
From an early age, JoElyn saw art as a vital part of life in a city. Her mother worked with graphic artists and illustrators such as James Thurber while at The New Yorker. Her father designed the window and floor displays for Montgomery Ward in Chicago.
JoElyn graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Visual Arts and earned credentials in Art Education from Georgia State University & Troy University. She has also taught art and art history at Brookstone School in Columbus, GA; Berry College in Rome, GA; Pace Academy & Atlanta Youth Academy in Atlanta, GA. She exhibits and sells her work through various galleries and shows in Atlanta.
Artist in Residence
My role as the artist in residence is ever-evolving. My studio is in the Grove Park Collective building where I am able to collaborate with a number of organizations impacting the neighborhood in the following ways:
By cultivating the value of art to residents and visitors to Grove Park.
By introducing ways to express the language of art as a story without using words.
By teaching small groups of students and parents forms of drawing and painting.
Through my art I want to help my new community through two connection organizations, PAWKids - an afternoon enrichment program for students and parents in the neighborhood -- and Grove Park Renewal -- an organizaiton that helps provide affordable housing to PAWKids families living in substandard conditions. 40% of my art sales will go to the team effort of these two non-profits