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Joan Matey is a freelance artist, actress, program/event developer, and fabricator of unusual objects. She received her art degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. After-wards, she spent a decade as a nomadic traveller, working at Renaissance Festivals and new age vaudeville shows, camping at hot springs, and maintaining art, theater, music and adventure as life's main priorities. She later rejoined conventional society, married the most wonderful man in the universe and continued to evolve in her quest to avoid mediocrity. While art director for the Leon County library, she created a children's theater program series using a wide variety of puppetry techniques. As director of the 1843 Knott House Museum, she created many interactive educational events, from historic ghost illusions to "in-character" tours to swing dancing in the street.

Joan has served as a facilitator for People to People International for both student ambassador and future leader summits. She serves on several boards for historic and educational institutions and has volunteered as an actor for the FSU film school for many years.

Joan also works as a museum specialist, and is currently curator for the Crooked River Lighthouse in Carrabelle, Florida. She lives with her husband on the coast in the Florida panhandle and is very active in her community. She regularly exhibits her art assemblages, which depict the absurdities of human behavior. Joan also enjoys drawing vivid color images.

LISTED in 2009-2010 Art in America Guide to galleries - museums - artists.

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2009 Florida Craftsman/Art of Fine Craftsmanship/ ARTPORT GALLERY(Talla.Airport) 
2008 Reunion & Revolution/LeMoyne Art Gallery (3 artists exhibit) 

Jennifer Clinard Studio / 621 Gallery, Railroad Square / Synergie Salon, Claude Pepper Center
Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University / ARTPORT / State Capitol Exhibition
Cultural Resource Commission City Hall Exhibition / Merill Lynch Corporation Exhibit
Leon County Public Library / Pyramid Studios / LeMoyne Art Foundation

Art Walk, Apalachicola, FL / Gadsden Art Center, Quincy. FL / Thomasville Cultural Arts Center, Thomasville,GA / Albany Center for the Arts, Albany, GA / Allyn Gallup Gallery, Sarasota, FL
University of Alabama, Mobile, AL / Riverside Festival, Bainbridge, GA
Piedmont Park Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA / Union Gallery, Eros Gallery, San Francisco

Art Awards

2010 // Tallahassee Senior Center Showcase - 3rd PLACE for Alone With Love

2008 // Tallahassee Artist's League  "GO GREEN" Exhibition/Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
2nd PLACE for Mother Nature is Losing her Cool

2005 // Tallahassee Artist's League Annual Exhibition/FSU
1st PLACE for Modern Monstrance: My Own Mind is My Own Church

2004 // LeMoyne Art Foundation/Tallahassee Chain of Parks Festival
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE (Top 12 of 85 artists)

2002 // Thomasville, GA Cultural Center/Summer Showcase
2nd PLACE for Bye-Bye BiPolar Bears: the Tundra Conundrum

2001 // Tallahassee Artist's League Annual Exhibition/FSU
2nd PLACE for Cracker House

2000 // Thomasville, GA Cultural Center/Summer Showcase
BEST OF SHOW for The 13th Floor

1999 // Artist's Atelier of Atlanta Annual Miniature Competition
3rd PLACE for The Hunter's House

1993 // Thomasville, GA Cultural Center/Summer Showcase

1990 // Bainbridge, GA /Riverside Arts Festival

1975 // Piedmont Park Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA
2nd PLACE/Sculpture Division, for Bronze Torso in Three Easy Pieces