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True Happiness comes from the Beauty of the Heart

All content © 2019 by Joan Lok and may not be used without written permission.

Joan Lok 

SELECTED AWARDS

  • Junor's Choice Award, Sumi-e Society of America, Bloomington, Minnesota, 2019

  • Honorable Mention, Blossoms of Hope Invitation Theme Show's 10th Anniversary, Columbia, Maryland 2019

  • Founder's Award, Sumi-e Society of America, Tallahassee, Florida 2017

  • Blick Art Materials Award, Sumi-e Society of America, Washington, DC 2016

  • National Capital Area Chapter Award, Sumi-e Society of America, Mobile, Alabama 2015

  • Long Island Chapter Award, Sumi-e Society of America, Portsmouth, Virginia 2013

  • Tesshin Sasaki Award, Sumi-e Society of America, Burnsville, Minnesota 2012

  • Kyoto Education Council Award, 2011-2011 International Brush Painting Contest, Osaka-Tokyo-Kyoto, Japan, 2012

  • Honorable Mention, 2010-2011 International Brush Painting Contest, Osaka-Tokyo-Kyoto, Japan, 2011

  • Honorable Mention, 2009-2010 International Brush Painting Contest, Osaka-Tokyo-Kyoto, Japan, 2010

  • Best of Show, International Joint Juried Exhibition of Sumi-e Society of America and Sumi-e Artists of Canada, Toronto, Canada, 2009

  • Tesshin Sasaki Award, Sumi-e Society of America, Bethesda, Maryland 2008

  • Davidson Calligraphy Award, Sumi-e Society of America, Bethesda, Maryland 2008

  • Winsor & Newton Award, Sumi-e Society of America, Long Island, NY 2007

  • Yellow Ribbon, National Capital Orchid Society, Washington, DC 2006

  • Mary Schafer Award, Sumi-e Society of America, Bloomington, Minnesota 2006

  • Aiko's Calligraphy Award, Sumi-e Society of America, Bloomington, Minnesota, 2006

  • National Cherry Blossom Festival Art Contest, Washington, DC, 2005

  • Blue Heron Award, Sumi-e Society of America Second Internet Exhibition 2004

  • Benefactor of the Society Award, Sumi-e Society of America, Bethesda, Maryland 2003

  • Blue Heron Award, Sumi-e Society of America First Internet Exhibition 2002

  • Gardens of Edison Award, Edison Arts Society, New Jersey 2001

  • Chang Dai-Chien Award, Sumi-e Society of America, Oakdale, New York 1999

  • Grumbacher Gold Medal, Sumi-e Society of America, Mobile, Alabama 1998

  • Diana Kan Award, Sumi-e Society of America, Duluth, Minnesota 1997

  • The Best of Watercolors, Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury, Connecticut 1996

  • The Artist’s Alternative Award, East Meet West Show, Farmington, Connecticut 1995

  • First Place, Glastonbury Art Guild Competition, Glastonbury, Connecticut 1995

  • Honorable Mention, Glastonbury Art Guild Blue Ribbon Show, Glastonbury, Connecticut 1996

  • Honorable Mention, Glastonbury Art Guild Membership Show, Glastonbury, Connecticut 1996

  • World Showcase International Fellowship, Walt Disney Company, Orlando, Florida 1983

HONORS

  • Maryland Governor's Citation on Outstanding Community Service (2004 & 2007)

  •  Who's Who in American Art (since 2007)

  • Who's Who in the World (since 2006) 

  • Who's Who in America (since 2006)

  • Who's Who in Business and Finance (since 2006)

  • Who's Who of American Women (since 2005)

  • Commissioner, Maryland Governor's Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (2003-2007, a Gubernatorial Appointment)

  • Artist of the Year, Edison Arts Society, New Jersey (2000)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Sumi-e Society of America, Inc., National President (2002-2012), Board of Directors (2012-Present)

  • Lingnan Art Association of America, Vice President (1992-1994),

  • Potomac Valley Watercolorists, Signature Member

  • Baltimore Watercolor Society, Signature Member

  • Association of Chinese Calligraphy in America

  • Asian American Studies Program, the University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland, Adjunct Faculty of Asian America Art (2008)

SELECTED COLLECTIONS 

  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Washington, DC

  • Harrah's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Howard County Public Library System, Columbia, Maryland

  • Lingnan Art Association of America, New York City, New York

  • Museum of Chinese Australian History, Melbourne, Australia

  • New London Arts Society, New London, Connecticut

  • Philippines Chinese Cultural Center, Manila, The Philippines

  • Walt Disney Company, Orlando, Florida

PUBLICATIONS 

  • Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers, Barron's Educational Series, 2014

  • Chinese Landscape Painting for Watercolor, North Light Books, 2013

  • Ancient Spirits Modern Flair - The Art of Joan Lok, Radiant Brush Gallery, 2009 

  • The Stroke of Genius, Vol. II, North Light Books, 2009

  • The Best of Flower Paintings, North Light Books, 1997

  • Jacket Artwork, Cherry Blossom Festival - Sakura Celebration, Bunker Hill Publishing 2005

  • Cover Artwork, US Postal Service Asian Pacific Heritage Month Celebration 2005

  • Cover Artwork, Federal Asian Pacific American Council Conference Book 2004

  • Cover Artwork, SUMI-E, Quarterly Magazine of Sumi-e Society of America, 2002

  • Always Bright - Paintings by Chinese America Artists, Vol. II, Homa & Sekey Books 2001

SELECTED EXHIBITION

  • 2017 and 2019 - Arts and the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Visitor Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

  • 2018- Purrfect: Cats in Sumi-e, the Arts Center of Ocean City, Ocean City, Martland

  • 2015 - To-day's Chinese Art Association Invitational Exhibition in Celebration of the 110th birthday of Lingnam Master Chao Shao-An, Hong Kong

  • 2013 - The Art of Calligraphy, Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD

  • 2012 - Allure of Nature, Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morristown, New Jersey

  • 2010 - To-day's Chinese Art Association Touring Exhibition in Celebration of the 105th birthday of Lingnam Master Chao Shao-An, Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China; Toronto, Canada; and New York City, USA

  • 2003-2010 - The Federation of Asian Culture and Art International Asian Sumi-e Brush Painting Juried Exhibition - international touring exhibition in Osaka Fine Art Museum, Japan and many cities in Taiwan. 

  • 2007-2009 - Blossom: The Art of Flowers, International Juried Exhibition sponsored by the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation, touring U.S. including Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX; Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI; Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum of Art Institute, Tucson, AZ; The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO; and The Spartanburg County Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC. 

  • 2009 - Mechanicsburg Arts Center, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 

  • 2009 - Covington and Burling Private Gallery, Washington, DC

  • 2008 - Women's Vision-Women's Art, Maryland Commission for Women Invitational, Inner Harbor World Trade Center, Baltimore, MD

  • 2008 - A Brush of Nature, Tai Sophie Institute, Laurel, MD2007 - Beauty of the Brush, Chatham Day School, New Jersey

  • 2007- International Women Artist Association 10th Anniversary Invitation Exhibition, Panyu Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

  • 2006- Ink only Paintings by Tesshin Sasaki and his students, Sizuoka Citizen's Center, Sizuoka-Ken, Japan

  • 2004 - Focus on China, Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morristown, New Jersey

  • 2002 - Rhythm of Spring, Library at the Chatham, Chatham, New Jersey

  • 2001 - International Women Artist Association Millennium Exhibition, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong

  • 2001- The Power of the Flower, Polish Cultural Foundation, Clark, NJ

  • 2001 - Millennium International Touring Exhibition of Lingnam Art, China, Hong Kong, New York, Toronto, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Taiwan. 2005 - Meditation in Ink, Slayton House Art Center, Columbia, Maryland

  • 1996 - Sumi-e Across the Border, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Canada

  • 1996 - Chinese Cultural Center 20th Anniversary Invitational Show, Manila, Philippines

  • 1996 - Lingnam Masters, Museum of Australian Chinese History, Melbourne, Australia

  • 1995 - Lingnam Art Association Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania1994 - International Chinese Artist Society Exhibition, CCI, Boston, MA

  • 1994 - East Meet West, Eastern Arts Connection, Farmington, CT

  • 1992 - Works by Famous Sum-e Artists, Invitational Show, Malaysia

  • 1991- Masters of Lingnam Painting Invitational Exhibition, Chicago, IL

  • 1990 - Masters of Oriental Brush Painting, Raya Gallery, Victoria, Australia

  • 1989 - Worldwide Invitational Showcase of Lingnam Artists, New York

  • 1988 - Overseas Chinese Cultural Festival, Flushing, NY

  • 1996 - New London Art Society & Gallery, New London, Connecticut