PhD (Leeds); MA (Goldsmiths); MA (Tokyo); M.Sc (Boston); MBA (California); Post-Doc (Brazil)
Visiting Scholar in Visual Culture and Art History, Columbia University, New York
Visiting Professor, Contemporary Art and Art History, Renmin University, Beijing
Fulbright-Hays US Public Diplomacy Award Mongolia and China
US ZERO1 Art and Technology Artist
Dr. Les Joynes is a multi-media artist, educator and scholar on contemporary art education. On the Columbia Visiting Scholar and Scientist Program he examines zones of spectacle in museums and advanced curriculum design for university art programs.
Qualifications: Les is specialized in cross-disciplinary practices and critical inquiry. In addition to multi-media installation, he is experienced in printmaking, emerging media, drawing, photography, sculpture, painting, concrete poetry, curating, exhibition management, and art criticism. Also trained in consulting, advertising and higher education curricula design he has advised universities and Fortune 100 multinationals on global strategy. He has been teaching since 1999 and is Professor of Record for Site-Specific Art and Art History at Renmin University, Beijing and fosters experiential learning to build long-range skills in problem solving, methodologies, and abstract thinking to apply across multiple careers. He also teaches entrepreneurship, project management and design thinking in Cultural Industries for the creation of new art centers, museums, residency programs and degree programs.
Les is educated in the US, UK and Japan. He completed his BA (cum laude) in History from Boston University; M.Sc from Boston University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussels Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences; and MBA from California State University. In London he completed his BA (Hons) Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art, University of the Arts London; MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London; Masters in Fine Art, Musashino Art University, Tokyo; PhD from Leeds Metropolitan University's School of Contemporary Art and Graphic Design, Faculty of Art, Environment and Technology in the UK and Post-Doctorate in Art and Performance, School of Communications and Arts, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
A ZERO1: US Art and Technology Artist he is founder of FormLAB, a multi-media art series that exhibits in museums. At Teachers College, Columbia University he has developed new curricula designs for practice-led research and the art school of the 21st Century. He has published in Art in America, Flash Art, Springer and recently to four books: Going Beyond: Art as Adventure, (Cambridge Scholars, UK, 2017); ProjectAnywhere V.1 (Parsons New School, New York, 2016); Draw at Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing (Catalogue, Inside Out Art Museum, Leroy Neiman Foundation, New York, 2016) and contributes an upcoming book on the future models of contemporary art teaching (Critical Practices, New York). He is member of the Editorial Board for ProjectAnywhere at University of Melbourne and Parsons School of Art. New School, New York.
Les has lectured at Cambridge University; University of California; University of Coventry, UK; University of Lincoln, UK; Nanyang Academy of Art; La Salle College of Art, Singapore; National University for Education, Mongolia; Mongolian State University for Art and Culture; and Otis College of Art, Los Angeles. As Fellow at the Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN), he led the doctoral Masterclass: “Models for Cross-cultural Artistic Research” at Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London. He was a curatorial assistant for the Inaugural Taipei Biennial “Site of Desire” exhibition in 1998 and was Lead Curator for Networking, an international art exhibition in Japan that showcased work from one hundred visual artists from the UK, Europe and Asia as part of the UK-Japan Cultural Year in Tokyo. He has produced artistic research museum exhibitions in China, Mongolia, Brazil and France.
Above: Les working with Mongolian contemporary artists and performers at Zanabazar National Museum, Mongolia (2014)
Site-specific and Interdisciplinary art.
New Media art and Performance
Western Modern and Contemporary Art History
Cross cultural programming and integration in creative industries
Trans-regional and global art practices and geographically dispersed art networks
Curriculum Design for Art Programs in the 21st Century (MFA, PhD, Post-Doctorate)
Fellowships, Awards and Honors
US Department of State American Arts Incubator, Art and Technology Network (2019)
CEC ArtsLink Foundation New York (Russia, 2017)
The University of the Arts London Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, UK (2015)
Renmin University of China Merit Award for Teaching, Beijing, China (2017)
Mission China Cultural Grant, Fulbright Hays US Public Diplomacy Award, China (2017)
Taiwan Ministry of Education Huayu Scholar National Cheng Kung University (2016)
Research Fellow at the American Center for Mongolian Studies (2016)
Wheatley Fellow in Fine Art, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK
Fulbright Hays US Public Diplomacy Award, Mongolia (2014)
CEC ArtsLink Foundation Grant New York, Mongolia (2014)
Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation, São Paulo, Brazil (2013)
Professional Development Grant, Harlem Arts Alliance, New York (2010)
The Nordic Artists Center, Norway (2008)
Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship, National Academy Museum, New York (2009)