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L. D. Joynes, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar in Fine Art, Philosophy and Education, Columbia University 

Visiting Faculty in Art and Art History, Renmin University, Beijing 

Fulbright-Hays US Public Diplomacy Awardee Mongolia and China 

US Department of State sponsored ACMS Fellow, Mongolia  

Japan Ministry of Education and Culture (Monbusho) Scholar in Japanese Art 


Dr. L.D. Joynes is a specialist on Modern and Contemporary art and culture. As US Department of State sponsored ACMS Research Fellow he researches models for inter-university cooperation in Asia.

An artist and research scholar, Dr. Joynes specializes in interdisciplinary practices and cultural exchange. He has presented at Cambridge University; University of California Santa Barbara; University of Coventry, UK; University of Lincoln, UK; National University of Singapore; La Salle College of Art, Singapore; National University for Education, Mongolia; Mongolian State University for Art and Sculpture; and Otis College of Art, Lon Angeles. As Fellow at the Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) University of the Arts London (UAL) he led the Masterclass for Ph.D. Fine Art students at Chelsea College of Art, London.  


He has published in Art in America, Flash Art, Springer and currently to four books: Going Beyond: Art as Adventure [peer-reviewed] (Cambridge Scholars, UK, 2017); intercultural arts in ProjectAnywhere V.1 [peer-reviewed] (Parsons New School, New York, 2016); Catalogue for Draw at Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing (Inside Out Art Museum and Neiman Foundation, New York, 2016) and a new book on contemporary art teaching (Critical Practices, New York, 2018). He is an editorial board-member of ProjectAnywhere, a peer reviewed journal on site specific art. In 2017, his teaching was recognized with the Teaching Merit Award from Renmin University, Beijing.




Renmin University of China, Beijing, China 

Visiting Faculty (2013-present) 

Teaching Modern and Contemporary Western Art History Professor of Record)


Teachers College, Columbia University, New  York 

Presentations on contemporary art in Asia, interdisciplinary art and art education. (2017)


University of the Arts London (UAL), UK 

Ph.D. Masterclass Lecturer

Lecture and Seminar to UAL doctoral students on arts practice, site specific art and research (2015)

UAL Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN). 


Pro Arte (graduate art program), Saint Petersburg, Russia 

Lecture on contemporary art and collaboration (2017)


Bard College and Smolny College Program, Saint Petersburg, Russia 

Lecture on contemporary curating and intercultural (2017)


Mongolian State University of Art and Culture, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 

Lectures to BFA and MFA students and faculty of Fine Art (2015, 2016)

Founder of the American Modern and Contemporary Art Lecture Series. 


Cambridge University, UK 

Presenter (2015) Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. 


Treignac Project (Foundaiton), France 

Workshop and Performance Director (2010) 

Project on process-art, site specific art and intercultural collaborative performance.  

Working with MFA students from Goldsmiths College, University of London 


National University of Singapore, Nanyang Academy of Art, Singapore

Department of Dance 

Workshop Leader for Site Specific Performances (2009)


LaSalle College of Art, Singapore  

Department of Photography 

School of Art and Dance 

Workshop Leader for Site Specific Performances (2009) 


Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan (1998-2001) 

Department of Sculpture 

Teaching and tutorials with BA Fine Art Sculpture students 1999-2001 (2 years). Research Scholar in Japanese contemporary and traditional arts. 


Additional Lectures on interdisciplinary art (1999 to present): 

University of Lincoln, UK;  University of Coventry, UK; Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea; Lasalle College of Art, Singapore; Nanyang Academy of Art, National University of Singapore; Mongolian National University of Education, Ulaanbaatar; University of California, Santa Barbara; Otis School of Art, Los Angeles. 




Emerging dialogues in teaching, evaluation and curriculum development,  

Critical Practices, New York, (upcoming 2017) 


Intercultural Collaboration in the Arts: Shamanism, Ritual in Brazil,  

University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. (upcoming 2018) 


Higher Education at the Crossroads: Central Asia 

American Center for Mongolian Studies (upcoming 2017) 


Going Beyond: Art as Adventure, Cambridge Scholars, Nottingham, UK (2017) 


Anywhere v.1. Parsons The New School for Design; Project Anywhere; and 

School of Creative Industries, ISBN 978-0-692-32297-0, (2016) 


Selected Artists from China and the US at Beijing’s Inside Out Art Museum 

(catalogue), LeRoy Neiman Foundation, New York (2014) 


The Invisible and the Transvisible in Contemporary Art, Singapore, Journal for 

Visual Culture, University of California, Irvine (Joynes and Basu, 2011) 


Japanese art and Yuichi Higashionna at NADIFF Tokyo, Flash Art, Milan (2000) 


Yoshitomo Nara at Ginza Art Space, Art in America (1999) 


British art in the 1990s: David Thorpe and Brian Griffiths 

Springer, Vienna (1998).  




  • Contemporary installation sculpture and new media
  • Nomadic art practices and geographically dispersed art networks
  • Contemporary Art and the creation and conflation of the global
  • Phenomenology of art-making process and the event of artifact
  • New discourses of site-specific art in the 21st century
  • Notion of the monument and post-monument in post-Soviet Europe
  • Transformations and evolution in art education




B.A. (cum laude) in History and M.Sc, Boston University; B.A., (Hons) Central Saint Martins College of Art, London; M.A. Goldsmiths, University of London; Masters in Fine Art, Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan; Ph.D. Leeds Metropolitan University, UK; Research on ritual and art, Escola de Comunicações e Artes, Universidade de São Paulo/ University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. 




CEC ArtsLink Foundation New York (Russia, 2017); The University of the Arts London (UAL) Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, United Kingdom (2015); Fulbright Hays US Public Diplomacy Award, China (2017); Research Fellow at the American Center for Mongolian Studies (2016); Fulbright Hays US Public Diplomacy Award, Mongolia (2014); CEC ArtsLink Foundation Grant New York, Mongolia (2014); The Nordic Artists Center, Norway (2008); Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship, National Academy Museum, New York (2009); Bauhaus Foundation Fellowship, Germany (2009); Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MExT) Scholarship (1997-2001); Erasmus Scholarship, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts, Paris (1995); King Sturge Award for Sculpture, London (1995).




Co-Chair, Young Researcher Conference, Mongolia (2016); International Committee, College Art Association conference (2015-present); Japan Startup NYC, Microsoft, New York (2016); Presidents Forum on Higher Educaiton, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York (2016); Keynote Speaker, Young Researcher Conference Mongolia, National University of Education and the American Center for Mongolian Studies (2015); Royal Geographical Society Conference, London (2013); Editorial Committee, ProjectAnywhere Conference, Parsons/ New School , New York (2015); Panelist, Artists’ Workspaces: Portability, Contingency, Virtuality, College Art Association conference, Chicago (2014); intercultural arts collaborations for the panel Going Beyond: Art as Adventure (CAA, Washington, DC); European League of Institutes in the Arts (ELIA) conferences, Seoul (2012) and Vienna (2013).





Columbia University Global Center China http://globalcenters.columbia.edu/content/artist-explorer-formlab-intercultural-arts-research-and-exhibition-brazil-mongolia-and-china 


American Center for Mongolian Studies  https://www.mongoliacenter.org/mongolia-researcher-registry/les-joynes-phd-ldj2110tc-columbia-edu/

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