On View at The Phillips: "The Big Five"

On view with recently installed works from The Phillips' permanent collection. This iteration was curated by Sue Frank.

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Joyce Wellman, The Big Five, 2005. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 72 x 60 in. Gift of the artist, 2022

Joyce Wellman at The Phillips Collection

Join me for a two-part program at the Phillips Collection in conjunction with the exhibition Pour, Tear, Carve: Material Possibilities in the Collection, where my work is included.

Artist Talk: April 27, 6:30­­–7:30PM

Learn about the artist’s practice during a talk in the exhibition galleries facilitated by Phillips Assistant Curator Camille Brown.

Workshop: April 29, 2-4PM

Return for a hands-on workshop led by the artist to apply what you learned to your own creations. All materials provided.

Registration Open/In-Person. Registration required; capacity is limited.

$16, Seniors $12, Students $10, free for members. Includes museum admission.

Images: Left: Joyce Wellman, credit: Sharon Farmer; Joyce Wellman, Journey Through Migration, 1985, Color viscosity etching, 22 x 16 in., The Phillips Collection, Gift of the artist, 2022. 

Announcement: group exhibition at The Phillips Collection: Pour, Tear, Carve: Material Possibilities in the Collection.
Joyce Wellman's color viscosity etching Journey Through Migration (1985), a recent acquisition by The Phillips Collection, is included in their upcoming exhibition 

The Phillips Collection highlights the diversity and intricacy of its permanent collection in Pour, Tear, Carve: Material Possibilities in the Collection. The multi-faceted exhibition on view March 18–May 14, 2023, features over 65 works from the Phillips’s vast permanent collection and delves into how artists have used both historic and contemporary art materials as conduits of meaning and to generate discussion.

Pour, Tear, Carve offers visitors the chance to see artworks from our permanent collection, including some on view for the first time,” shares Phillips Associate Curator Renée Maurer. “It is thrilling to showcase our collection in this fresh and eye-opening way. The exhibition introduces several key recent acquisitions to the collection by renowned living artists: Sanford Biggers, Diane Burko, Kevin Cole, Agnes Denes, Leonardo Drew, Jeffrey Gibson, Mimi Herbert, Martha Jarvis Jackson, Elias Sime, and Joyce Wellman. These new works will be placed in themed groupings with well-known and never-before-seen examples from the collection.”

2023 Update

Wow! Friends and lovers of art, 2023 is going to be a blast!

First, I am a featured artist on Now Be Here’s social media accounts (see Facebook and Instagram). It is a wonderful organization dedicated to promoting women artists. I am honored, excited, and having fun being featured on their social media feeds.

Image: Just Floating, 2011. Featured on Now Be Here.


My work is featured in a group exhibition at The Phillips Collection—Pour, Tear, Carve, Material Possibilities in the Collection, from March 18 -May 14, 2023. Material Possibilities considers how artists have utilized historic and contemporary art materials to act as conduits of meaning. The show is culled from the Phillips’ permanent collection, and my featured etching is Journey Thru Migration.

Look out for more from me this year, including “Requiem for a Numbers Player”—the movie!

"I'm so excited!"



Sold to Private Collection: Geometry in Black (2022)

Exhibited in the group exhibition Imagine: Celebrating Black Female Creativity at the Featherstone Center for the Arts, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, August 7-September 5, 2022. Curated by Adrienne L. Childs.

Throwback Thursday: Autumn Passages

Today's #TBT is to Autumn Passages, made in conjunction with Joyce Wellman's 2005 exhibition Chance and Other Musings, a solo exhibition at the North Carolina A&T State Museum Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Wellman Featured in Group Exhibition at Featherstone Center for the Arts
The Phillips Collection Acquires Two Works by Joyce Wellman

The Big Five, 2005. Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60 in. The Phillips Collection. 

Journey Through Migration, 1985. Color viscosity etching, 30 x 20 in.

Artico's Celeste Crenshaw Interviews Joyce Wellman