Joan Bevelaqua has made a mark on many aspects of the art community. A painter who works primarily in watercolor and oil, Joan has held teaching positions, juried art exhibitions, and directed several galleries. She also has held a number of organizational positions, including serving as President of the Watermark Gallery in Baltimore, Md. and on the Board of Directors for Foundry Street Studios and Gallery in Savage, Md.

Her artistic talents earned her a B.A. in art from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Ma. and a M.F.A. in Painting from Towson University in Towson, Md. Additionally, she studied Advanced Watercolor with John Stuart Ingle at the University of Minnesota, Morris, Mn. and Computer Graphics at the Catonsville Community College in Catonsville, Md. Joan's art has been widely exhibited. She's had one-person shows at several Washington, D. C. art galleries. She's also had one-person shows at The Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, D. C. ; Howard County Community College , Columbia , Md. ; The George Meany Center for Labor Studies, Silver Spring , Md. , and the Art League at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria , Va.

Her work has earned numerous awards and honors. Included are First Place Awards from several Baltimore Watercolor Society sponsored shows, and the Juror's Choice Award from the Maryland Federation of Art sponsored show,"Art on Paper." Joan has been teaching at UMUC since 2000 and is now full time faculty. She paints in her studio at Howard County Center for the Arts, in Ellicott City, Maryland.

All Images © 2005 Joan Bevelaqua • jbevelaqua@umuc.edu