carving in wood when she was
about 10 years old. It was her first love and continues
to be although she also works in clay, direct plaster and other
materials to be reproduced in bronze.
most of her early childhood in Concord, Massachusetts, and
there developed a passion for literature and writing inspired
by the many literary figures that lived in that historic
during the 19th Century. Uncertain about what profession she
wished to pursue, she went to Madrid, Spain, when she was
years old and became enraptured with the country, remaining
there for two years. She began to study sculpture seriously
with one of Spain's most respected sculptors, Don Ramon Mateu,
who encouraged her to return to America to continue her studies.
She was accepted at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Boston from which she graduated with honors in 1962 and completed
a graduate teaching fellowship there the following year.
Joyce Johnson's installation at the Provincetown Art
Association and Museum, showing through July 13.
then returned to the family home in North Eastham, starting
the School of Sculpture there that evolved into Truro Center
for the Arts at Castle Hill. As Castle Hill's founder and
president and director, she directed the Center for 10 years,
turning over the nonprofit educational institution to a
membership-elected board in order to have more time for sculpture.
Since then she has written for The Provincetown Advocate and
The Cape Codder. She also produces an oral history program
— the Sands of Time — on WOMR-FM in Provincetown and teaches
sculpture at Castle Hill where she serves on the Board of Directors.
maintains her sculpture studio in North Eastham and teaches
privately. She has had a number of one-person show in New England,
including at the Cape Cod Conservatory in West Barnstable, Cushing
Academy in Ashburnham, Amherst College in Woodstock, Connecticut,
and Wellfleet Art Gallery in Wellfleet. Her work has been included
in group shows including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston,
Cape Museum of Art in Dennis, Provincetown Art Association and
Museum, Ethel Putterman Gallery 8 in Orleans and Tanzer Gallery
in New York City.
has received reviews in New York Review, Cape Cod Times, Cape
Arts and the Boston Globe, among others. She has been commissioned
for public sculptures for Probus Gardens in Cornwall, England,
and at High Head public lands in North Truro.
“Tracking the inspiration for a single work of art or a
series could be a formidable task. Involved may be the conscious,
unconscious, observation and random or specific thought. For
myself, I could only agree that my habitat, experimentation and
visual impacts have much to do with what and how I create and
that the choice of a rural seaside environment in which I live
was not by chance. I am especially lured to usually sublime ocean
and dunes and excited by the endless changes in those visions
that can pass like a moving camera, exciting me, calming me,
and sending me to a meditative source from which works of art