Studio—543 Union Street 2B • Brooklyn


Professional History

2017–present    Artistic Director, Artpoetica Project Space, Gowanus Brooklyn, NY

2014–2015         Director of Exhibitions and Operations, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013–2014         Interim Executive Director, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2004–2007        Executive Committee/Board of Directors, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2003–2004        Teaching Assistant, Brooklyn New School, Brooklyn, NY

1996–1998        Private Art Instructor for grade school children


Selected One and Two Person Exhibitions

Views from a Puddle (collaboration with Margaret Cogswell)     mhProject, NYC, 2019

Queen For a Day     BARD Graduate Library Center, NYC, 2019

Mending (collaboration with Nancy Lunsford)     440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2018

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Girl     A.I.R. Gallery II, Brooklyn, NY, 2011

What Light Can Do     505 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2011

How to Paint a Picture     Cave Canem Gallery,  Brooklyn, NY, 2011

Acid Rain     A.I.R. Gallery  Brooklyn, NY, 2010

JoAnne McFarland     Gallery West  Brentwood, NY, 2009

Seeing the Light     A.I.R. Gallery  NYC, 2007

Paintings     A.I.R. Gallery  NYC, 2004

GCCA Show     Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill, NY, 2003

Collages     Spoke the Hub: Works on the Wall  Brooklyn, NY, 2003

Collages     A.I.R. Gallery II  NYC, 2001

New Work     June Kelly Gallery  NYC, 1997


Selected Group Exhibitions

Continuum    Established Gallery  Brooklyn, NY, 2020

SALLY (3 venues): Artpoetica, The Old Stone House, Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse  Brooklyn, NY, 2019

The Constructions     Ground Floor Gallery  Brooklyn, NY, 2019

As Above, So Below     Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse, Brooklyn, NY, 2019

Both Directions at Once     KALA Art Institute  Berkeley, CA, 2018

DUTY–FREE     Ground Floor Gallery  Brooklyn, NY, 2017

OPEN (C)ALL: The Artist’s Studio     BRIC, Brooklyn, NY, 2015

If These Walls: A.I.R. Gallery at Governors Island     Governors Island, NY, 2014

Off On A Tangent     Washington Art Association,  Washington Depot, CT, 2014    

Vestige, Traces of Reality     A.I.R. Gallery, NY and Konsthall, Sweden, 2011

The Black Artist as Activist     The Corridor Gallery  Brooklyn, NY, 2010

BROOKLYN     440 Gallery  Curator: Florence Neal, Brooklyn, NY, 2009

Does Gender Matter?     The Art Institute of Boston  Boston, MA, 2009

One True Thing     2–B Gallery  Budapest, Hungary, 2006

The City Seen     Brooklyn Borough Hall Community Gallery  Brooklyn, NY, 2005

The Art of the Dress     Stonover Gallery  Lenox, MA, 2005

Work on Paper     Kentler International Drawing Space  Brooklyn, NY, 2005

The Garment Magical     Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2003

Offspring     BHMS Gallery  Brooklyn, NY, 2001

Works on Paper     Sears/Peyton Works on Paper, NYC, 1999


Poetry Collections and Libretti Authored

Said I Meant/Meant I Said (collaborative chapbook with poet Paul Eprile), Artpoetica, Brooklyn, NY, 2019

Identifying the Body, The Word Works, Washington, D.C., 2018

Loose Horse in the Valley: A Modern American Lullaby, Red Glass Books, Brooklyn, NY, 2015

MISSING, A 5 Minute Opera in 4 Movements, with composer William Murray, 2014  

13 Ways of Looking at a Black Girl, Gold Leaf Books, Brooklyn, NY, 2013

Acid Rain, Willow Books, Detroit, MI, 2012

Fossil Fuel, Gold Leaf Books, Brooklyn, NY, 2007

The Glassblower’s Tale, Gold Leaf Books, Brooklyn, NY, 2005

Flight Patterns, Gold Leaf Books, Brooklyn, NY, 2004

Watermarks (unpublished), 2002

Stills, Acorn Whistle Press, Beloit, WI, 2000



Princeton University  Princeton, NJ,  BA, English

Pratt Institute  Brooklyn, NY, GraduateStudies/ Fine Arts

Andrew Reiss Art Studio  Brooklyn, NY, Private Study/Oil Painting


Public Art Collections

Library of Congress  Washington, D.C.

General Electric  NYC

United Parcel Service  Atlanta, GA

Columbus Museum of Art  Columbus, OH

Deloitte & Touche  NYC

U.S. Dept. of State  Washington, D.C.

Ikon Corporation  NYC

Brooklyn Union Gas Co.  Brooklyn, NY

AT&T Corporation  NYC

USAA  San Antonio, TX

Albert Einstein Medical Center  Philadelphia, PA

Dynegy, Inc.  NYC

U. S.Embassy Togolese Republic  Washington, D.C.


Awards and Honors

Visiting Artist   BARD Graduate Center Library   New York, NY, 2019

Artist Fellowship  KALA Art Institute  Berkeley, CA, 2018

BAC(Brooklyn Arts Council) Community Grant for Carnival of Connectivity, 2017

Loose Horse in the Valley   Semi–Finalist   The Tenth Gate Poetry Award, 2016

Identifying the Body   Semi–Finalist   The Word Works Washington Prize, 2016

Identifying the Body   Finalist   The Tenth Gate Poetry Award, 2015

Loose Horse in the Valley   Finalist    Center For Book Arts Chapbook Award, 2015

Visiting Artist, New York Studio Residency Program, 2010

Acid Rain   Honorable Mention   Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize, 2009

Cave Canem Fellowship,  Greensburg, PA, 2006

Watermarks   Finalist   Associated Writing Programs Award Series, 2002

Brushstrokes   Second Place Honorable Mention   Finishing Line Chapbook Competition, 2002

Stills Finalist   Brick House Books Manuscript Competition, 1998


Selected Poetry Publications

AMP, Hofstra University’s Online Journal  Issue 3  Spring 2018

AMP, Hofstra University’s Online JournalVolume 1, Number 1  Spring 2016

Curbside Review  2004

ManzanitaQuarterly  Summer, 2003

Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly  Issue 79, 2003

Goodfoot: A Poetry Magazine  Issue 4, 2003

White Pelican Review Volume Three, Number Two, 2002

Little Brown Poetry  March, 2002

Cider Press Review  Volume 3, 2002

So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art  Summer/Fall, 2002

Nebo: A Literary Journal  Arkansas TechUniversity  Fall, 2002

Red Owl Magazine  Fall, 2002

Outrider Press  Summer 2002

Iris: A Journal About Women University of Virginia  Number 42, Spring, 2001

Ibbetson Street Press  Issue 9, April, 2001

Rio: A Journal of the Arts  Issue 10, 2001

Mobius  Fall–Winter  2001

Primavera  Volume 23, 2000

H Q Poetry Magazine: The Haiku Quarterly  Numbers 23 & 24, 2000

African American Review   Indiana State University  Volume 34, No. 4, 2000

Callaloo   The John Hopkin’s University Press  Volume 22 Number 2, 1999

Acorn Whistle   Acorn Whistle Press   Spring 1999

Great Midwestern Quarterly  Number 6, 1999

The Listening Eye  Kent State University  1999

Oasis Quarterly  Fall, 1998

Acorn Whistle   Acorn Whistle Press  Spring 1998

African American Review Indiana State University Summer, 1996

Obsidian II  North Carolina State University  Spring/Summer, 1996


Poetry Reviews

David Castleman, JoAnne McFarland, Fossil Fuel  Washington Literary Review  August 2008

Phil Wagner, Fossil Fuel by JoAnne McFarland   The Iconoclast   July 2008

Brant Lyon, The Archeology of Desire: JoAnne McFarland’s Fossil Fuel  BigCityLit, 2008

Michael Ugulini, Fossil Fuel   Curled Up With a Good Book  2008

Heather Duerre Humann, JoAnne McFarland, Fossil Fuel   Black Warrior Review   2007

David Castleman, JoAnne McFarland, The Glassblower’s Tale  The New Formalist  Vol. V11, 2007

Phil Wagner, The Glassblower’s Tale by JoAnne McFarland  The Iconoclast   April 2006

Matt Rosenthal, The Glassblower’s Tale by JoAnne McFarland   Boston Area Small Press, 2006       

David Castleman, JoAnne McFarland, Flight Patterns   The New Formalist   Vols.1V & V, 2006

Phil Wagner, Flight Patterns by JoAnne McFarland   The Iconoclast   Issue 86, 2004

Michael Ugulini, Flight Patterns    Curled Up With a Good Book   2004

Mary Edna Salvi, Flight Patterns by JoAnne McFarland  The Circle Magazine  Fall, 2004

Jeffrey Side, Flight Patterns: JoAnne McFarland   New Hope International Review On–line, 2004

P.D. Duane, Flight Patterns    Bard’s Ink, 2004

Janie Thomas, Flight Patterns  Pulsar: Ligden Poetry Society, 2004

Doug Holder, Flight Patterns, JoAnne McFarland   Ibbetson Update    April 2004

Richard Logsdon, A Kind of Transcendence: A Review of JoAnne McFarland’s Stills    Red Rock Review  Spring 2003

Phil Wagner, Stills by JoAnne McFarland   The Iconoclast   Issue 72, 2002

Sarah Tasic, Stills Breathes Life into Childhood   The Roundtable, 2001

Amy Knox Brown, Acorn Whistle Literary Magazine Review    Fall 1998


Exhibition Curator

SALLY (with Sasha Chavchavadze)     Artpoetica Project Space, The Old Stone House, Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse, Brooklyn, NY, 2019

The Sediment Project, at 4 Brooklyn venues (with Sasha Chavchavadze), Brooklyn, NY, 2019

Said I Meant: Artpoetica Project Space, Brooklyn, NY, 2019

SEDIMENT: PS 122 Gallery, New York, NY, 2019

l’attitude: Artpoetica Project Space, Brooklyn, NY, 2018

Staff Picks: Pumping Up the Volume at A.I.R., A.I.R. Gallery 3, Brooklyn, NY, 2014

Locks in Translation, Gallery West, Suffolk County Community College  Brentwood, NY, 2010

Locks in Translation, A.I.R. Gallery II  Brooklyn, NY, 2009



Growing Roots, Katherine Leiner  ChelseaGreen Publishing  White River Jct., VT, 2010

Beyond the Crossroads, Eugenia Collier  Three Sistahs Press  Baltimore, MD, 2009



Toni Morrison’s HOME, Prairie Schooner, Winter 2012, Volume 86 No. 4, Lincoln, NE, 2012

Brant Lyon & Friends: Beauty Keeps Laying Its Sharp Knife Against Me, (music and spoken word CD), Logo Chrysalis Productions, Brooklyn, NY, 2009


As Panelist or Juror on Selection Committees

440 Gallery, Annual Small Works Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY, 2016, Curator

ArtsWestchester, Basic Program Support and Project Grants, Mamaroneck, NY   Level: $5000–$40,000, 2015

Nicks Alliance Studio Residency Awards, Brooklyn, NY   Level: Studio spaces, 2015

BAC (Brooklyn Arts Council) Community Arts Grants, Brooklyn, NY   Level: $1000–$4000, 2014