Brooklyn-born abstract painter Joan Gold received her art education at The Cooper Union and The Brooklyn Museum in New York City, and at The Escuela de Bellas Artes in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1955 she was awarded a U. S. State Department fellowship to paint and study in Venezuela where she remained for the next twenty-four years. She retired as Associate Professor of the Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas, and received awards for her service to the country as an educator. In 1990 she received a Yaddo Fellowship in Saratoga Springs, New York. Other honors have included two Victor Jacoby Awards, the Beverly Faben Artist Grant, the Ingrid Nickelsen Trust: Grant for Women Artists, and most recently a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

Gold’s work is represented in public, corporate and private collections including those of G.E. Corporation, Continental Cablevision, Massachusetts General Hospital, U.S. Air, the U.S. Embassy in Uganda, the Morris Graves Museum and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Two of her paintings are included in the private collection of Bill and Melinda Gates. She has lived and worked in Humboldt County, California since returning to the U.S. in 1979.