Born in Arlington, Virginia, Joan spent her formative years playing in the wooded areas and creek beds surrounding the Potomac River basin.  The Earth Object series is a reflection of this period in her life.   


Joan has exhibited her paintings throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, and her paintings reside in the United States and Europe. However, her love of art extends beyond the studio, as she eventually became an educator with expertise in teaching foundation design.

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.


Joan spent 18 years teaching art in higher education, focusing on foundations design and visual communications.


Joan is a designer with expertise in UX/UI and graphic design.  She spent five years in the corporate sector as a user interface designer in the healthcare marketing space.  Joan has a passion for 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 continue the "Earth Objects" series.