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Joan Hierholzer
Pittstown, NJ

Artwork Details
Space Cases II
Oil on Canvas
72" x 48"
Artist Joan Hierholzer is a resident of Hunterdon County, NJ who creates powerful and dramatic murals and paintings of industrial and technological subjects.  Intrigued by the role of technology in our civilization, she creates canvases full of color, movement and energy.  Pursuing her interest in technology, she visited the Forrestal Center laboratories in Princeton, NJ, site of Tokomak fusion research for energy.  She was inspired to produce images of scientists at work, accelerators and experimental equipment.  For her “Microscopic Images” series, she worked with the Carl Zeiss electron optics group in Thornwood, NY.  Photographs of objects scanned by a specialist operating a digital scanning electron microscope served as models for her paintings. 

Of her work Hierholzer explains, “My work reflects the awesomeness of both scientific advances and our natural environment, and a fascination with the convergence of natural and technical wonders.  I feel…and I always have, that the science and technology arena is where we’re all headed.  The possibilities are just infinite.”  New Jersey oil refineries were the original subjects of Hierholzer's work when she began depicting technology in the early 1980’s.  Her long-time fascination with the space program inspired her to create paintings of space vehicles, capsules and satellites.  Her four-panel Challenger space shuttle mural is included in the official art collection of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at the Kennedy Space Center.
Although she has also become well known for her landscape paintings and portraits, space and industry continue to have a profound influence on her work.  Hierholzer earned her BFA from the University of Texas and received her MFA from Rutgers University.  Her work is included in numerous corporate and private collections around the world.  She is a member of the prestigious National Association of Women Artists which, founded in 1889, is the oldest professional women's fine art organization in the United States.  She is also a member of the National Arts Club in New York City and the Portrait Society of America.  Joan Hierholzer is represented by the Windsor Gallery in Colts Neck, NJ.