Born in Arlington, Virginia, Joan spent her formative years playing in the wooded areas and creek beds surrounding the Potomac River basin.  Joan has exhibited her paintings throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, and her paintings reside in United States and Europe.  Her love of art extends beyond the studio, as she eventually became a teacher.

Joan holds a B.F.A. in graphic design from James Madison University and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Maryland, 1998. In 2012, Joan received a Doctor of Arts from George Mason University with a research emphasis in Art education.  Joan's dissertation is titled Sinking Maps: A Conceptual Tool for Visual Metaphor.

Dr. Giampa spent 18 years teaching art, design, and visual communications in higher education. Joan's design work has extended over many decades.  She recently spent five years as a user interface designer in the healthcare marketing space, creating complex pattern libraries for large software interfaces.  

Dr. Giampa is currently a full-time painter and working on a new body of paintings that are a continuation of the "Earth Objects" series.