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Joan Root, Painter/Printmaker and Art Historian

Joan Root is both a painter/printmaker and an art historian.  She has taught painting and drawing as well as art history for more than twenty-five years.  Formerly based in New York, she now resides in Washington, DC.  In New York, she taught at The New York Academy of Art, New York University, The School for Visual Arts, and Stern College.  In Washington, she has been on the faculty of the Corcoran College of Art teaching anatomical figure drawing and has taught figure drawing at American University.  In 2000, she spent four months as Visiting Artist at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Professor Root lectures at the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institute and the Kreeger Museum.  She also has led art history tours traveling throughout Italy, the Baltics and St. Petersburg for the Smithsonian, as well as to museums in New York, Philadelphia and Washington. 

Joan Root’s own art has been exhibited in galleries in the United States and in Europe.  Her works are found in permanent collections such as the Smithsonian Museum of American Art (Washington, DC), The National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, DC), Portland Museum of Art, (Portland, Oregon), DeCordova Museum (Lincoln, Massachusetts), Dulin Gallery of Art (Knoxville, Tennessee).

Professor Root holds three graduate degrees:  a M.A. in Art Education from City College of New York, a Master in Fine Arts in both Painting and Art History from American University, Washington, DC and a M.A. in Printmaking (lithography and etching) and the History of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art from Villa Schifanoia / Dominican University in Florence, Italy, awarded while she was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar.  For more than a decade, she has published articles on artists ranging from Raphael to Picasso.

Joan Root has been a popular luxury cruise ship lecturer on a wide spectrum of art topics such as:  Classical Greek and Roman art; the Italian Renaissance; 19th century French, British, and American art; the spectacular Hermitage Collection; the Tropical Inspiration of the Caribbean; Vietnamese Culture and Art in Asia; and her unique series, “Artists’ Secrets:  Looking at Painting with an Artist’s Eye”.
Joan Root is scheduled to sail on the following voyage(s) (subject to change):

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