Brian Joiner

Cincinnati, OH


Brian Joiner, a native Cincinnatian who began drawing before he could even walk. Graduating from Wyoming High School, Brian attended the Cleveland Institute of Art. He became bored and considered dropping out when he took a class from Holocaust survivor, Julian Stanczank. Stanczank,inspired Joiner to stay in school, earn his bachelor of fine arts degree and become a full-time artist.

Joiner earned a five-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1985, where he majored in painting and minored in drawing.

Joiner received many awards and much recognition, including a 2001 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council. In 2009, Brian was the Duncanson Artist-In-Residence,Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, Ohio. Joiner was a featured artist in the Black Creativity exhibition, Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago from January 14 through February 28, 2010.

Brian Joiner died of liver cancer in 2010. He was posthumously awarded the prestigious NAACP Most Innovative Artist Award in October 2012. A wonderful spirit, a genius as an artistic innovator, Brian is missed.

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