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Joyce Birkenstock began her artistic career with an interest in portraiture and has remained true to that endeavor. She has worked as a commission portrait artist for many years as well as painting decorative art for the publishing industry.
Joyce received her training at the University of Dallas, the University of Iowa, the Norton Art School, the Art Students League, and the Vermont Studio Center. Since 1998 she has been traveling extensively worldwide collecting images for her series of paintings of indigenous people. Her medium is oil on canvas.
Joyce has received many prestigious awards, including the Disney Productions Purchase Award; the Merit Award at the National Portrait Seminar in New York; the Grumbacher Silver Medallion at the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe 85th Annual event in New York; the Peoples’ Choice Award at the Human Images Exhibition at the Broward Art Guild in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; the Distinguished Achievement in Portrait Painting award at the National Portrait Seminar in New York; the Best of Show at the All Member Exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art; and Honorable Mention at the Sixth Annual Celebration of the Arts and a Merit Award at the Seventh Annual Celebration of the Arts at the Lighthouse Gallery in Tequesta, Florida; the First in Oils at the Boynton Beach Festival of the Arts; the Best of Show at the Human Images Exhibition at the Broward Art Guild in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; the First Honorable Mention at the Washington Society of Portrait Artists National Competition; the First in Portraiture at the Artist’s Magazine National Portrait Competition, and an Honorable Mention for Challenge No. 6, People, from the International Artist Magazine.
Joyce’s work has been displayed by Disney Productions; the Macon Georgia Historical Society; the Cornell Museum in Delray Beach, Forida; the Florida National Bank in Jacksonville, Florida; the Diocese of Miami, Florida; the Diocese of Palm Beach, Florida; the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Forida; and Fairfield University. Her work is included as a sample in the Best of Portrait Painting, published in 1998 by Northlight Books.