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L. D. Joynes, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor, Renmin University, Beijing 

Scholar in Fine Art, Philosophy and Education, Columbia University, New York 

US Fulbright Hays Public Diplomacy Awardee Mongolia (2014) and China (2017)  


L.D. Joynes is visiting professor of modern and contemporary art history, teaches American Art History at Renmin University since 2013. In addition to his teaching duties at Renmin University he is Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College researching Asian contemporary art education where he conduct a series of lectures on the history and future of arts in education in Asia.

Prof. Joynes is an artist and scholar specialized in intercultural exchange and art-making. 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 book] (Cambridge Scholars, UK, 2017); intercultural arts in ProjectAnywhere V.1 (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, 2017). He is an editorial board-member of ProjectAnywhere, a peer reviewed journal on site specific art.





Renmin University of China, Beijing, China 

Visiting Faculty (2013-present) 

Teaching Modern and Contemporary Western Art History. 


Teachers College, Columbia University, New  York 

Lectures on contemporary art, interdisciplinary art and art education.  


University of the Arts London (UAL), UK 

Ph.D. masterclass on arts practice and research . 

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


Mongolian State University of Art and Culture, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 

Lectures to BFA and MFA students and faculty of fine art. 

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. 


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
  • Transformations in contemporary art education
  • Notions of local and global identity in contemporary art
  • Phenomenology of art-making process and the event of artifact




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; Post-doctorate, 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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