ATTENTION: To use this site, it is necessary to enable JavaScript in your browser.
Here are the Instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.

See My Artwork IN PERSON at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art from July 17 - Oct 245

LISTEN to my recent interview on The Naked Truth: Queer Artist Interviews Podcast

WATCH my in-depth Artist Talk at Catalyst Contemporary in Baltimore

Revealing and Celebrating Otherness

I currently have a large painting, "In the Garden of Autumn" in the Amplify exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art through October 24, 2021. I am currently represented by Catalyst Contemporary in Baltimore, Maryland and had a solo exhibition titled "Frauenhuas" from November 2019 - February 2020. My recent studio work depicts taboo intimacies between women—acknowledging and emphasizing the female gaze. My work opens up a dialogue about the increasingly open presence of lesbian couples in contemporary society and the lack of their presence in the history of Western art.    

I am a painter, photographer, graphic designer and writer. I earned my MFA from Massachusetts College of Art's program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

The videos and interviews below are a great way to get to know me and my work, please take a few minutes to watch/listen!


Historically, society has ignored the notion of the very existence of lesbian couples. Images of female couples in both painting and photography have been repressed, hidden, or explained only as erotic material for the male gaze. I draw on my own life with my partner of 18 years, as well as on the intimate lives of lesbian couples in my community — building visual narratives that champion these undeniably intense, complex, celebratory, and still-taboo relationships between women.


My process usually begins by photographing a lesbian couple—often in a constructed pose that I mine from both historical paintings and photographs. I chooses works that depict traditional male/female couples and replace both figures with women, but one is often more androgynous. I blur the lines between female and male identities by making gender distinctions more ambiguous and challenging viewers’ expectations. My final works of art consist of oil paintings, watercolor monotypes, acrylic on mylar and photographs.


July 17 - October 24, 2021  

Amplify: Group Exhibit of Women Artists at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art


Nov 2019 - Feb 2020  Frauenhaus: Solo Exhibit at Catalyst Contemporary , Baltimore, Maryland

Nov 2018 - March 2020  Tomboy: Solo Exhibit at Function Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

Nov 2013 - Jan 2014  Taboo: Solo Exhibit at Silber Gallery at Goucher College, Towson, Maryland

Permanent Installation  My Baltimore: 10' x 10' foot circular backlighted  artwork installed in ceiling  at LifebridgeHealth Sinai Hospital

View Joan Cox Complete CV

PODCAST Interviews

The Naked Truth: Queer Artist Interviews by  - Joan Cox

Listen on Apple Podcasts  [Recorded on Sunday, March 28, 2021] 

"Today I am joined by Joan Cox. A Baltimore-born feminist and lesbian artist, Joan is a figurative painter whose work portrays intimate and loving relationships between women—through the use of contemporary narrative portraiture. Joan is represented by Catalyst Contemporary in Baltimore and had her most recent solo exhibit entitled “Frauenhaus” at Catalyst in late 2019 - early 2020". 

~ Peter Dayton

Near and Queer to My Heart Comedy Interviews by Amanda G, Episode 59 - Joan Cox

Listen on Apple Podcasts

"Destiny meets podcast! The universe kept bringing artist Joan Cox into our orbit and we knew we had to interview her! Join us as Joan shares how she found her purpose as an artist, how she goes for her dreams, and how she uses her art to bring beauty and social awareness to the world." 

Video Interviews

Mask Art To Raise Money For Baltimore Artists, LGBTQ Fund

Watch on WJZ 13, Baltimore, October 27, 2020

“On the mask, I have not only the standard Love is Love, of course, Black Lives Matter right here on the black stripe,” artist Joan Cox explained, showing off the design of one of the masks. Cox is thankful to be a part of the event, which has helped fuel creativity. “A lot of art shows have obviously been canceled,” Cox said. 

COVID-19 pandemic sparks new ways of building community for LGBTQ Americans

Watch on WBALtv, by Troy Frisby, March 10, 2021

"Since masks have become a part of Americans daily lives, Maryland Art Place invited people all over Baltimore to decorate these essential items for a cause. So the event is put together to raise funds for the Baltimore Community Foundations LGBTQ Fund, so the organization is providing a base. It's a canvas cut out mask with straps ready to put on. Artist Joan Cox says that after picking up a canvas base, participants were able to paint right on them. And in my case, I'm adding some extra pieces to turn it into a complete steampunk post apocalyptic Edgar Allan Poe inspired mask costume combo."

LGBT Artists - Joan Cox - Finding the truth, by Matt Mentner

Watch on Youtube, Nov 5, 2019

Joan Cox talks about how she preps her works of art just prior to her solo exhibit, Frauenhaus, at Catalyst Contemporary in Baltimore.

LGBT Artists - Joan Cox - Finding her groove, by Matt Mentner

Watch on Youtube, Nov 5, 2019

Painter Joan Cox discusses how she found the kind of work that really spoke to her.

Homeworking: Making Art in a Home-based Studio, By Kate Valdez

Watch on Youtube, May 7, 2018

Interview with the artist Joan Cox and the investigation of her home-based studio practice. This is one segment out of a three part mini-documentary that explores three different artists and the home-based studio it influences their work and family life.

My work is collected across the U.S., Austria, Canada and Great Britain. I am designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my printed products.

1c crunched snajej

Trusted Art Seller

The presence of this badge signifies that this business has officially registered with the Art Storefronts Organization and has an established track record of selling art.

It also means that buyers can trust that they are buying from a legitimate business. Art sellers that conduct fraudulent activity or that receive numerous complaints from buyers will have this badge revoked. If you would like to file a complaint about this seller, please do so here.

2b crunched ctmrym

Verified Returns & Exchanges

The Art Storefronts Organization has verified that this business has provided a returns & exchanges policy for all art purchases.

Description of Policy from Merchant:

We will provide a no-charge replacement or refund for any quality issues. We may request to have the presentation/order returned to us and would provide a return shipping label. We do not provide a refund based on customer preference. We will provide a refund or a no-charge replacement for any orders damaged in shipping. For a refund or replacement, please contact

3c crunched udpkob

Verified Secure Website with Safe Checkout

This website provides a secure checkout with SSL encryption.

4b crunched foaiql

Verified Archival Materials Used

The Art Storefronts Organization has verified that this Art Seller has published information about the archival materials used to create their products in an effort to provide transparency to buyers.

Description from Merchant:

Joan Cox Art provides high-quality Canvas, Fine Art Papers, Photo Papers, Acrylic, Metal, Wood prints. We only use the highest quality materials, equipment, and inks in their respective categories.


Your cart is currently empty.

Saved Successfully.

This is only visible to you because you are logged in and are authorized to manage this website. This message is not visible to other website visitors.


Import From Instagram

Click on any Image to continue

Create a New Favorite List


Badge ar compatible

The above preview shows how to use the live preview on this website.

Badge ar compatible

This Website Supports Augmented Reality to Live Preview the Art on YOUR WALL

This means you can use the camera on your phone or tablet and superimpose any piece of art onto a wall inside of your home or business.

To use this feature, Just look for the "Live Preview AR" button when viewing any piece of art on this website!


Manage Favorites

Below, select which favorite lists you would like to save this product into.

Newsletter Sign-Up


Enter your email below and we'll email you a 20% OFF Coupon right now!

= required

This offer is valid for NEW CUSTOMERS only!