Paintings by JoAnn Clayton

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JoAnn is a colorist who paints with multiple layers of acrylics and, often, collage. She is a Member of the Torpedo Factory Artists Association and the OUTLOUD! artists of Glen Echo and has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. She studied painting with Sam Gilliam at the Corcoran School; with Helen Corning and Walt Bartman at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo; and with Brenda Belfield at Art Works in Reston. She holds a MA from George Washington University.

Many vastly varied pursuits contribute to the depth of feeling she brings to paint. From having lived in the Middle East, East Europe, and India and volunteering, for example, in developing country villages and leprosy clinics; to working with several organizations to further bilateral understanding; to being a Chief Legislative Assistant in the US House of Representatives, to a career at the National Research Council/National Academies of Science and Engineering, culminating in seven years as Director of their Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board., she draws on life’s experiences for inspiration.


  • Torpedo Factory Studio, each January-April
  • Glenview Mansion, 2008
  • Foundry Gallery, 2005, 2006
  • River Road Unitarian Church, 2003, 2009
  • Dragon Fly Décor & Design, 2008
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston, 2009
  • Yellow Barn, 2009, 2003, 2001

Her many group exhibits include the Arts Club of Washington, Touchstone Gallery, Foundry Gallery, Target Gallery of the Torpedo Factory; Reagan National Airport; Ratner Museum; many Art League juried shows and bins; Museum of Contemporary Art, Alexandria’s Lee Center, West Windsor Arts Center, Alexandria City Hall, Montpelier Arts Center and The Warehouse. International exhibits include Beijing during the 2008 Olympics; Cairo Egypt; Ankara, Turkey; and New Delhi, India, as well as work featured in Art in the Embassies, A US Department of State Program. She has work currently hanging at National Airport and the National Academy of Sciences, and Habit of Fire, Poetry by Judith McComb features one of her paintings on the cover.

A more detailed resume is available on request. Her work also can be found at and

All artwork © 2007 - 2011 by JoAnn Clayton