Joy Amina Garnett is an artist and a writer. After half a lifetime in New York, she and her husband, the artist Bill Jones, uprooted themselves and moved to the High Desert of Nevada and then to the desert of southern California, where she’s finishing writing a family memoir of Egypt.

Read her short story “Leaving New York” in Evergreen Review (Fall/Winter 2020)

Read her chapter, “The Lost Narratives of A.Z. Abushady, Poet and Bee Master,” in Cultural Entanglement in the Pre-Independence Arab World: Arts, Thought, and Literature, edited by Anthony Gorman and Sarah Irving. (I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury, Dec. 2020)

See her recent work (online or in person) in the group exhibition PERMISSIONS curated by Maya Suess at EFA Project Space, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY, November 18, 2020 – January 9, 2021

Read about her ongoing archive project at thebeekingdom.art and abushadyarchive.com


Garnett has exhibited her work at the FLAG Art Foundation, MoMA-PS1, Whitney Museum, Artists Space, Smack Mellon, White Columns (NY), the Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland (OR), Boston University Art Gallery, National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC), and the Witte Zaal (Ghent, Belgium). Her artwork and writings have appeared in an eclectic array of publications that include: Rusted Radishes (Beirut, Lebanon); Full Blede (Los Angeles, CA); Virilio and Visual Culture (Edinburgh Univ. Press); Ibraaz (Kamal Lazaar Foundation); Ping Pong (Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur, CA); and The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook (powerHouse Books, Brooklyn, NY).

Garnett has been awarded grants by Anonymous Was a Woman, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Wellcome Trust, and the Chipstone Foundation. Her work is in the permanent collections of the National Academy of Sciences, Altria, and The West Collection (Oaks, PA). She is a 2019-20 SHIFT Resident at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NY). She is the Art Editor of Evergreen Review.

Joy Garnett CV 2020 [art resume]