JoAnna Poehlmann, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, has been a practicing artist for over sixty years. From an early age she was drawn to art making and her fine attention to detail translated to her work almost immediately. Creating graphite drawings, etchings, lithographs, watercolor, mixed media sculptures, and artist books, Poehlmann’s work centers around the natural world and the beauty and humor she observes within it. She collects specimens, birds that have hit windows, or road kill graciously recovered by her friends, and preserves them for her studies. Her works are delicate and meticulous with a keen eye for even the most minuscule detail.
Known for her wit and humor, Poehlmann has been referred to as a 21st century Old Master. Her work resonates with art historical figures, such as Albrecht Dürer or John Audubon, and she painstakingly focuses on every aspect of her subject. She is a student of art history and has studied the past to more clearly express her art in the present.
Poehlmann studied at the Layton School of Art, Marquette University, and the University of Wisconsin, all in Milwaukee. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at a variety of libraries and museums. Her works are in several major collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Walker Art Center, College of William and Mary, Duke University, Milwaukee Art Museum, and New York Public Library.
Top image: The Reunion, 1990; hand-colored lithograph, etching, embossing and collage. Photo courtesy a private collection.