Joanne Bock has taught Art Appreciation in the School of Music and Fine Art since 2007, and Humanities in the School of Arts and Sciences from 2004 to 2006. Prior to receiving the doctorate, she was a museum professional and held positions at the Smithsonian Institution, the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, the Yale Art Gallery, and the New Haven Historical Society. After completing the doctorate degree in which she emphasized the history of art and immigration history, she was employed as an Assistant Professor of Art History at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI, Assistant Professor of Art History at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, and Associate Professor of Humanities at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL.
She has been the recipient of many grants awarded to her for the researching and publication of her two books, Ethnic Vision: A Romanian American Experience (University Press of Colorado), and Pop Wiener: Naive Painter (University of Massachusetts Press). The grants enabled her to spend three years in Romania (when it was still under Communist rule) to interview and record the words of Romanian peasants who were continuing to pass on their religious values through the traditional folk crafts they were creating. She has also given talks and participated in panel discussions about her research and was listed in several editions of Who’s Who in America for her publications. Her published articles in Antiques Magazine and The Connoisseur introduce Pop Wiener, the subject of her first book. She recently was invited to participate in a conference, “Engaging Students in the Florida Art Appreciation Curriculum Event” in Orlando, FL.
Her research interests center on the spiritual in art, the traditional art of ethnic groups in America, the influence of folk art on high art, and the art of the American painter Albert Pinkham Ryder. She also plans a creative art project on the philosopher contemplative St. Edith Stein.
She is a member of The College Art Association, The American Studies Association, and The Immigration History Association. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, basketball, and creating wood burnings of religious figures.
She finds great fulfillment in inspiring students to become aware of the impact of art on their lives and to appreciate its visual language which expresses the deepest and most intimate thoughts of the human heart.