Statement / Resume

Artist Statement

For over a decade I rented space from dance studios and recreation centers to conduct painting classes. Each week I was faced with the arduous task of transporting, loading and unloading, setting up and tearing down easels and supplies.  Stepping in faith, in 2012 I opened JoAnn DePolo Studios & Gallery which has proven to be the ideal venue in which to carry out the purpose for my art. My career in visual art is not limited to painting as I also employ my profession to mentor artists, encourage creative thinking and foster community strength through the arts. The satisfaction I find in advancing others’ success equals that of creating original art. For that reason, I facilitate opportunities for more people to experience personal growth through art by conducting painting classes in my studio, providing art enrichment programs in schools and painting workshops at libraries across Cuyahoga County. My outreach extends to organizing events for the public to become involved in the creative process with community murals, art exhibits, competitions and festivals. As the City of North Olmsted Art Commissioner my talent and administrative skills reach even further into neighborhoods to bring about additional art events to the city. Making it as an Artist is written to support artists and seemed to be a natural progression for me to publish in 2006.  I am frequently asked, “When do you find time to paint?”

The style of my art is just as expansive. Although I am accomplished in realism and portrait painting, I am driven to create abstract pieces and have been known to say, “I live in the abstract. It's where I come alive.” Currently, I am creating a body of work specific to Cleveland. The collection is a unique view of Cleveland from its founders conceptual planning to the city’s present day resurgence. Pieces in this series focus on the Cleveland skyline painted in my exclusive abstract style created on wood, canvas and unconventional surfaces. The collection includes the Cleveland skyline fashioned from outdated computer parts.

Select pieces from the Cleveland Collection are displayed in the Governor's Residence Spring Spotlight Show 2015. In addition, “City Streets” from this series of paintings has been selected for publishing in the 2016 book edition of the American Art Collector following, “Water Circles”,which is  featured in the 2013 edition.

               - JoAnn DePolo


JoAnn DePolo is an Artist, Author, Art Commissioner and Founder of Come & Create™ which conducts acrylic painting classes, arranges art exhibits for emerging artists and organizes community murals. JoAnn conducts painting classes at her studio and provides arts enrichment for Public Schools and Libraries across Cuyahoga County.

DePolo is the Art Commissioner for the City of North Olmsted appointed by Mayor Kevin Kennedy in 2013. Widely regarded as a visionary, JoAnn’s audience extends from her hometown to the international. DePolo’s art continues to attract media attention and can be found in the celebrity homes of artists Peter Max and Omar Vizquel. In 2012 DePolo opened her working studio & gallery in North Olmsted Ohio. JoAnn DePolo Studios & Gallery offers fine art, painting classes, creative workshops and teaching space for artists. 

Mission Statement
Mentor artists, encourage creative thinking, and foster community strength through the arts.

Exhibition Record 
2015 Ohio Governor’s Residence Feature Artist
2014 JDSG Gallery, North Olmsted, OH
2014 CCPL Beachwood, OH
2013 City Hall Gallery North Olmsted, OH
2013 St. John Westshore Medical Center, Westlake, OH 
2012 Landfill Art Gallery of Metal Canvases, Minnesota
2011 Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH
2011 Vintage Gallery, Avon Lake, OH
2011 TrueNorth Cultural Arts, Sheffield Lake, OH
2010 Avon Lake Public Library 
2010 Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH
2009 Avenbury Lodge, Avon Ohio
2009 Artist Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH
2009 George Streeter Art Therapy Circulating Collection
2008 Artist Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH
2008 George Streeter Art Therapy Circulating Collection
2008 June Art Review, Galleria at Erieview, Cleveland, OH
2008 Simple Expressions Gallery, Olmsted Falls, OH
2007 George Streeter Art Therapy Circulating Collection 
2007 Simple Expressions, Olmsted Falls, OH
2007 Cleveland Bar Association, Galleria Cleveland, OH
2007 Artist Review Today Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2006 Artist Review Today Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2006 TrueNorth Gallery, Avon Lake, OH
2006 Cleveland City Hall Rotunda, Community Mural
2006 Gallery 324, Cleveland, OH
2006 Simply Younique, Olmsted Falls, OH
2005 Kelly Randall Gallery Tremont, OH
2002 Kelly Randall Gallery Tremont, OH
2000 Kelly Randall Gallery Tremont, OH
1998 Barth Gallery, Tremont, OH
1998 Gold Medal Gallery, University Circle Little Italy
1995 Barth Gallery, Tremont, OH
1995 Art Avenue Gallery Tower City, Cleveland

Public Art Installations
2016 Great Northern Mall Community Mural
2015 Stark State College Canton Ohio
2014 North Olmsted Recreation Complex
2014 Bikes Bees Butterflies – RTA  
2013 Marriott Hotels OH
2013 Marriott Hotels TN
2013 North Olmsted City Hall
2012 Rain Barrel Artist Cleveland conservation
2012 Landfill Art Project MN
2011 Year of the Rabbit Sculpture 
2011 Elephant Sculpture - Cleveland Metropark Zoo
Superior St Clair Development Corporation 
2010 Year of the Tiger Sculpture 
2009 Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Clarksville TN
2009 Year of the Ox Sculpture- Cleveland City Hall
2008 Year of the Rat Sculpture- Dominion East Ohio
2008 Cleveland City Hall Sculpture

Superior St. Clair Development Corporation
2011 Year of the Rabbit Sponsored by Artefino Gallery

Come & Create™ Community Murals:

2007 Cleveland City Hall
2007 Westlake, Ohio Crocker Park  
2006 Avon Lake, Ohio  
2006 North Royalton, Ohio 
2006 SPARX Art Hop the Galleria at Erieview 

Celebrity Collections 
Artist Peter Max
Omar Vizquel
Aretha Franklin 
Kenny Loggins

Private Collections
Ireland, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, California, Virginia, Connecticut, Hawaii, Missouri, South Carolina, 
New York, Minnesota, Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Texas
Television Appearances 
2012 FOX 8 Morning News Painting Live
2011 FOX 8 Morning News Painting Live
2010 FOX8 Morning News - ArtWorks
2009 FOX8 Morning News Painting Live & American Idol Panel Discussion
2008 FOX 8 Morning News Painting Live at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - August 8
2008 FOX 8 Morning News Painting Live at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - July 4
2008 FOX 8 Morning News Come & Create Arts Program Launch - January 2
2007 FOX8 Morning Show Live Painting – “Artist Showdown”
2006 FOX8 Morning Show - “Come & Create Cleveland 2006 Murals”
2006 Avon Lake, Ohio Comcast TV Spotlight Interview 
2005 Feature Artist FOX8 Morning Show 
2004 Feature Artist FOX8 Morning Show 
2003 Feature Artist FOX8 Morning Show 
2001 Feature Artist FOX8 Morning Show 
1999 Feature Artist FOX8 Morning Show 

Magazine / News Publications / Radio Interviews
2015 Chronicle “Art Finds Home at Goveronor’s”
2015 Celebrate North Olmsted Feature
2013 Westlife “ The Business of Art – Artists Learn to Think Out of the Box”
2013 Westlife “ North Olmsted Artist Prepares for Opening in New Space”
2012 Sun News “Paint the Flower Red”
2012 Cleveland Magazine Rain Barrel Artist
2010 The Sentinel West Shore Sun “Come & Create™ Student Exhibit”
2010 Idea Stream - Art Works University Circle Cleveland
2010 America Creates
2009 Sun News, “Extreme Home Makeover ”
2009 Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Young Audiences”
2008 Free Times, “Putt Mutt”, APL Fund Raiser
2008 Artist Review Today Magazine, “Putt Mutt” APL Fund Raiser
2006 Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Come & Create Community Murals"
2006 The Villager, "JoAnn DePolo, author of Making It As An Artist”
2006 Artist Review Today Magazine, "Come & Create Community Murals"
2004 Sun News, Feature Story, “Cleveland Artist”
2003 The Villager, Murals
2001 The Sun News, Feature Story, "Electronic Sculptures"
1998 Cleveland Plain Dealer Friday Magazine, Feature Artist
1998 Westlife, Feature Story, "Cleveland Rocks"
1999 Cleveland Plain Dealer, Feature Story, "Community Mural"
1998 Cleveland Plain Dealer, Art Review
1995 Sun News, Feature Story, "Cleveland Rocks"

Professional Memberships
Art Commissioner North Olmsted
Chamber of Commerce North Olmsted
Women Speakers  
Ohio Arts Council Registry

American Art Collector 2016 book edition
2016 American Art Collector - Featured Artist
2013 American Art Collector book edition - Featured Artist
2011 101 Great Ways To Enhance Your Career - Contributing Author
2006 Making It As An Artist - Author


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