Chicago-born Joan Edlis, now a UK subject, has been living and working in London since 2001.
Commissions & Projects

2013 Awarded three-month residency Caravanseri, Istanbul, Turkey

Awarded residency The Lookout, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK

2012 Commissioned by Sign of 9 publishing, loveletter, a work of two parts Artist book, edition of three, held in Tate Archive and Artist Book Collection

2011 Awarded residency Hungarian Multicultural Centre, Budapest

2010 Awarded residency Cill Rialaig, Co. Kerry, Ireland

2008 Commissioned by International Corporate Art to provide two works for the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas ship spa

2007 Commissioned by C4RD for Artist’s Editions print

2004 WishNet Project Year 2, funded by Arts Council England (ACE) in partnership with Response Community Center and RBS as part of Earl’s Court Festival, collaboration with Icelandic artist Illur Magnusson

2003 Hidden Lives, funded by ACE with Café Gallery Project, Southwark Park and two South London Schools, assistant to artist at school workshops.

Wishes Project Year 1, funded by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in partnership with Response
Community Center and RBS as part of Earl’s Court Festival, collaboration with Icelandic artist Illur Magnusson

2003 Hand Held Workshop, RBS Gallery, an Open Age Project at the RBS, Community Education Provider for the Kensington and Chelsea Life Long Learning Program assistant to artist

Selected Exhibitions

Solo shows
2012 The Line of Twilight Sandra Higgins Fine Art, London
2007 Cornell Reversed Chelsea Arts Club, London
2006 Confluences Cambridge Arts, Cambridge Buddhist Center
Works FiveSevenTen London
2005 The Arc of My Wrist Govett Kerr Gallery, Hoxton Square, London

Group shows in UK and Paris including
2012 Art of the Garden Harold Martin Botanic Gardens
2011 Library Thoughts HMC/Raday Kepeshaz, Budapest
Group show Art de Jardin, Wingwell, Rutland, UK
6 cubed Art Chicago, Chicago Sculpture International
2010 AlterWalden Shankill Castle International Arts Festival, Co Kilkenny, Ireland
Sculpture in the Garden Harold Martin Botanic Gardens, University of Leicester, UK catalogue)
Sculpture Invasion Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plaines, Il, USA (catalogue)
2009 C4RD Open Studios
Sixth Sense Gallery 6 Pop-up show, Sandra Higgens Fine Art, London
Shibui C4RD studio exhibition, London
2008 The Threadneedle Figurative Prize exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
C4RD Artist’s Editions exhibition, London
2007 Centre for Recent Drawing (C4RD) Relaunch Exhibition, London
2007 Summer Exhibition Royal Society of British Sculptors, Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury (catalogue)
Garland#12 Cambridge Arts, Cambridge Buddhist Centre
2005 Open Desk After School The Ragged School Museum, London (catalogue)
Sculpture in the Garden: a Celebration of the RBS Centenary Harold Martin Botanic Gardens, Leicester University (catalogue)
2005 Grounds for Design Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA), Middlesex University, Hertfordshire
37th Salon Ile de France, Bourg la Reine, Paris (catalogue)
2004 The Discerning Eye The Mall Galleries, London (catalogue)
Sefton Open Exhibition 2004 The Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport, Merseyside
2003 Open Studio Days Great Western Studios, London
XIX Open Exhibition Bermondsey Artists’ Group/Café Gallery Project, Southwark Park, London
Outsized MoDA, Middlesex University, London
2002 RBS Annual Summer Exhibition, London, selected by Richard Cork


MA Fine Arts (studio-based practice) City & Guilds of London Art School
Dip English Gardening School, London
BFA Industrial Design, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champagne, USA

Professional Affiliations

In 2002 I was accepted as an Associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, elected a Trustee in 2003 and subsequently elected to the Exhibition Selection Committee in 2006, concurrent with my duties as Trustee. I stepped down after serving for four years.

Sept 2008, House & Gardens, editorial commentary ‘Garden Solutions’
May 2007, House & Gardens, mentioned as landscape designer in editorial content
May 2005, Home UK, Helen Kirwan-Taylor, Conran Octopus
April 2005, Journal of Society of Garden Designers, review of Chicago’s Millennium Sculpture Park
December 2004, Journal of Society of Garden Designers, ‘Review of the Year Selected Elements’
February 2003, Marie Claire, editorial content, sculpture
December 2002, Journal of Society of Garden Designers, review installation of ‘Art in the Garden’, Chelsea Physic Garden, London