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L. D. Joynes, PhD


Visiting Scholar in Visual Culture and Art History, Columbia University, New York

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

Fulbright-Hays US Public Diplomacy Award Mongolia and China

ZERO1 Art and Technology Artist

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

Dr. L.D. Joynes is a specialist on Modern and Contemporary art and is visiting professor of art history at Renmin University of China, School of Art, Beijing and has been visiting professor at Peking University, Institute of Cultural Industries, Beijing. As US DoS Research Fellow on Higher Education he is building models for inter-university cooperation between the US and Asia. A ZERO1: US Art and Technology Artist he is founder of FormLAB, a multi-media art series that exhibits in museums.


At Teachers College, Columbia University he have developed new curricula designa for practice-led research and the art school of the 21st Century. He has published in Art in America, Flash Art, Springer and recently to four books: Going Beyond: Art as Adventure, (Cambridge Scholars, UK, 2017); ProjectAnywhere V.1 (Parsons New School, New York, 2016); Draw at Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing (Catalogue, Inside Out Art Museum, Leroy Neiman Foundation, New York, 2016) and contributes an upcoming book on the future models of contemporary art teaching (Critical Practices, New York).


Joynes has presented at Cambridge University; University of California; University of Coventry, UK; University of Lincoln, UK; Nanyang Academy of Art; La Salle College of Art, Singapore; National University for Education, Mongolia; Mongolian State University for Art and Culture; and Otis College of Art, Los Angeles. He led doctoral  Masterclass at Chelsea College of Art, London. He was a curatorial assistant for  the Inaugural Taipei Biennial “Site of Desire” exhibition in 1998 and was Lead Curator for Networking, an international art exhibition in Japan that showcased work from one hundred visual artists from the UK, Europe and Asia as part of the UK-Japan Cultural Year in Tokyo.


Educated in the US, UK, and Japan, he completed his graduate training in the arts in Japan, England and Brazil and graduate training in management and leadership in the US and Belgium.


Academic Focus


    Contemporary installation, new media and site-specific art (Professor of Record, Renmin University)

    Cross cultural programming and integration in creative industries

    The future of the museum in America, Europe and Asia

    Trans-regional and global art practices and geographically dispersed art networks

    Phenomenology of art-making process and the event of artifact

    Cultural-centric and Artist-centric Models Contemporary art education in Asia


Academic Appointments and Research 


    Peking University, Beijing, P.R. China (2018)

    Visiting Professor for Peking University Culture Industries Summer Program.


    Columbia University, New York (2018-2019) 

    Department of Art and Archeology

    Visiting Scholar in Contemporary Visual Culture

    Columbia University Visiting Scholars and Scientist Program.


    Renmin University of China, Beijing, P.R. China (2013-present)

    Visiting Faculty in the School of Art

    Professor of Record on American Modern and Contemporary art.


    University of São Paulo, Brazil (2015-2017))

    Post-Doctorate in Fine Art

    Escola de Comunicações e Artes (ECA).


    Columbia University, New York (2016-2018) 

    Teachers College, Department of Art and Art Education 

    Visiting Scholar in Art, Education.


    Columbia University, New York (2010-2012) 

    Department of Philosophy

    Visiting Scholar in Contemporary Art and Philosophy 

    Columbia Visiting Scholars and Scientist Program.


    University of the Arts London (UAL), UK (2015)

    Research Fellow in Visual Art 

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

    Led UAL doctoral masterclass on arts practice and research.


    Columbia University, New York (2008-2010) 

    Columbia School of the Arts

    Columbia Visiting Scholars and Scientist Program

    Visiting Scholar in Contemporary Art Practices.


    Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan (1999-2001)

    BA Fine Art Tutor and Lecturer in Department of Sculpture.


Fellowships, Awards and Honors


    US Department of State American Arts Incubator, Art and Technology Network (2019)

    CEC ArtsLink Foundation New York (Russia, 2017)

    The University of the Arts London Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, UK (2015)

    Renmin University of China Merit Award for Teaching, Beijing, China (2017)

    Mission China Cultural Grant, Fulbright Hays US Public Diplomacy Award, China (2017)

    Taiwan Ministry of Education Huayu Scholar National Cheng Kung University (2016) 

    Research Fellow at the American Center for Mongolian Studies (2016)

    Wheatley Fellow in Fine Art, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK

    Fulbright Hays US Public Diplomacy Award, Mongolia (2014)

    CEC ArtsLink Foundation Grant New York, Mongolia (2014)

    Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation, São Paulo, Brazil (2013)

    Professional Development Grant, Harlem Arts Alliance, New York (2010)

    The Nordic Artists Center, Norway (2008)

    Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship, National Academy Museum, New York (2009)

    Queenstown Council, Singapore Citation Award, Singapore (2009) 

    Bauhaus Foundation Fellowship, Germany (2009)

    The Nordic Artists Center/ Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dalsasen Artist Fellowship, Norway (2007)

    Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology Scholarship (1997-2001)

    Erasmus Scholarship, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts, Paris (1995)

    King Sturge Award for Sculpture, London (1995).


Current Courses


    20th Century Art History 1900 to Present 

    Site Specific Art: Context and Intervention

    Pop Art, Examples from the Wild West

    Cultural Industries applications in Asia

    Multi-media and Site (workshop series) 




    Long Art Museum, Shanghai (2018) 

    Lecture on the museum of the future and artist-centric installation in China 


    Bard Abroad Smolny College Program, Saint Petersburg, Russia (2017) 

    Lecture “Contemporary curating and international cooperation”.


    Pro Arte Foundation, Saint Petersburg, Russia (2017) 

    Visiting Professor Lecture

    “Contemporary art and collaboration between the US, China, Mongolia, Brazil, & Singapore”


    Columbia University Global Center Beijing, Beijing, China

    Visiting Artist and Professor Lecture on Artist Centric Practices and US Collaboration overseas. 


    Mongolian State University of Art and Culture, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (2015, 2016) 

    Visiting Professor

    Founder of the American Modern and Contemporary Art Lecture Series.


    Cambridge University, UK (2015) 

    Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.

    Presenter on Intercultural contemporary art collaboration 


    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.


    Visiting presentations and teaching (2000-2012)

    University of Lincoln (May, 2014), University of Coventry (Feb 2014); Kookmin University, 

    Seoul, Korea; Lasalle College of Art, Singapore; Nanyang Academy of Art, 

    National University of Singapore (2009); University of California, Santa Barbara (2006); 

    Otis School of Art, Los Angeles (2000).


Workshops in Performance the Arts


    ZERO1: Art and Technology Artist (upcoming)

    US Department of State


    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).


    Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Brazil (2013)

    University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 

    Co-presenter and teacher of performance within urban environments


    Treignac Project (Foundation), France (2010)

    Workshop and Performance

    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 (2009)

    Department of Dance

    Workshop Leader for Site Specific Performances 


    LaSalle College of Art, Singapore  (2009)

    Department of Photography

    School of Art and Dance

    Workshop Leader for Site Specific Performances



Curricula and Syllabi in Development


    Emerging the New Art School in Tactical Programs that interface the artist [curriculum] 


    Models for Developing a Contemporary Program and School in Central Asia [curriculum] 


    Evolving Boundaries: Environmental Art from the 1960s to present [syllabus] 


    Engaged Critique in Contemporary art: expanded concepts of installation [tutorial/critique]


    Dialogues on Supervision and mentorship on MFA and PhD programs in Fine Art [workshop and seminar] 


    Border Strategies and the new Global: Contemporary art referencing border, identity 

    and the new territorialization of public spaces [workshop and panel]


    Doctoral Supervision in practice-based research [syllabus]


    Searching for alternatives to the Modern, Contemporary and the 

    Post-Post Modern Relocating creative practice. [syllabus] 


    Engaging the contemporary artist with professional practices for long term 

    critical development [workshop and panel] 


    Chinese contemporary art: Parallel critical developments between the East and West 

    from Modernism to Contemporary [syllabus] 


    Parallels in performance art between the United States and Japan 1960-present [syllabus] 



Selected Publications



    Joynes, L (2018) “Artist Centric Practices in Museums in Museum 2050, Shanghai: Long Museum. 


    Joynes, L Vu, T et al (2018). DrawnOver: Contemporary Drawing, Vojvodina, 

    Serbia: Museum of Contemporary Art [catalogue].


    Joynes, L. (2018). “The Artist as Explorer,” in Going Beyond: Art as Adventure. 

    O’Neill , R and Werner, J (eds.), Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars. [peer-reviewed]


    Joynes, L (2015). “FormLAB” in Anywhere v.1.(2015). Lowry, S. and Douglas, S. (eds.),

    Melbourne, Australia: University of Melbourne and New York: Parsons School of Art, 

    Media and Technology, Parsons, New School for Design, New York. [peer-reviewed]


    Joynes, L. (2016). “The Artist Explorer: FormLaboratory: Geographically Dispersed Performance 

    in Brazil (2012-2013) and Mongolia (2014)” Sao Paulo, Brazil: Escola de Comunicações 

    e Artes, Universidade de São Paulo [post-doctoral thesis].


    Joynes, L. (2015). “Arts research, Global Identity and Cooperation,” London: Research 

    Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN), University of the Arts, London.


    Joynes, L (2015). “Shapeshifter” [video], Pulse/Play, New York: Pulse Art Fair and The Cultivist, New York.


    Joynes, L. (2015) “US-Mongolian collaborative arts research in Mongolia,” The Young 

    Researcher’s Forum, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: Mongolian National University of Education.


    Joynes, L. “The Artist as Explorer,” (2015) Washington D.C.: College Arts Association Conference.


    Joynes, L and Vu, T. (2015) Les joynes and Thomas Vu in Interview” in Draw: Artists from China at 

    Inside Out Art Museum, New York: LeRoy Neiman Foundation [catalogue].


    Joynes, L. (2014). 2014. “Nomadic and Geographically Dispersed Practice,” Chicago: 

    College Arts Association Conference.    


    Joynes, L (2014). “FormLaboratory” in Art and Research at the Outermost Limits of Site 

    Specificity (2014) Lowry, S and Douglas, S. (eds.). Newcastle, Australia: Univ. of Newcastle.



    Joynes, L. and Basu, S (2011). 2011 “The Invisible and the Transvisible in contemporary 

    art in Singapore,” in Octopus, Journal for Visual Culture. Irvine: University of California Irvine.


    Joynes (2008)" Multi-spatial Performance: at Bauhaus-Dessau, November 2008: 

    record dances, Bühnenstudios der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau [Internet]. 



    Joynes, L (2001) “Yuichi Higashionna at NADIF Tokyo,” Milan:   Flash Art.


    Joynes, L. (1999).     “Some Say They Did: Some Say They Didn’t, Contemporary Art of Yoshitomo 

    Nara at Ginza Art Space,” New York: Art in America.


    Joynes, L. (1998).“The New Pathetic. Contemporary British art in the 1990s,”Vienna: Springer.


    Joynes, L (1998). “Explorations of the Uncanny in Contemporary American Art: Paul McCarthy, 

    Mike Kelly and  David Lynch.”London: Goldsmiths, University of London.[Dissertation].


Works in progress


    Joynes, L et al (2019). Emerging models for teaching, evaluation and curriculum 

    development, New York: Critical Practices. 


    Joynes, L (2019). “Arts in Higher Education in Mongolia,” Philadelphia: 

    American Center for Mongolian Studies.




    Post-Doctorate in Fine Art (2017)

    Escola de Comunicações e Artes, Universidade de São Paulo/ University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Research on indigenous ritual and performative art.


    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (2012)

    Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

    Visiting Scholar in the School of Art and the Department of Philosophy on the 

    Visiting Scholar and Scientist Program at Columbia University.


    Masters in Fine Art (2001)

    Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan, 

    Three year graduate program in the arts with specialization in Asian contemporary art.

    Japan Ministry of Education and Culture Scholar.


    Master of Art in Fine Art (MA) (contemporary art and theory) (1997)

    Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.


    Masters in Business Administration (MBA) (1989)

    California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly), San Luis Obispo, CA

    Specialization in transnational strategy and technology transfer 

    Published graduate research on technology transfer. 


    Master of Science in Management (MSc) (1987)

    Boston University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel

    Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences,Brussels, Belgium

    Specialization in International Management Strategy.


    Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) in History (BA) (1986)

    Boston University, Boston, MA.

    College of Liberal Arts

    Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society in History





    Session-Chair, ProjectAnywhere Conference, Parson School of Art, New School, New York. (2018) 


    Plenary Keynote Speaker on Doctoral research in the Arts, School of Art, Peking UNiversity, Beijing (2018) 


    Artist-centric practices within the museum, Museum2050, Long Museum, Shanghai (2018)


    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 Education, 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)


    Panelist Going Beyond: Art as Adventure (CAA, Washington, DC) (2018) 


    European League of Institutes in the Arts (ELIA) conferences, Seoul (2012) and Vienna (2013).



In the news


    Museum, 2050, Long Museum, Shanghai, 2018


    Columbia University Global Center China, 2017


    American Center for Mongolian Studies, Mongolia, 2016

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