National Endowment for the Arts Fellow: Painting
Giordano’s work was introduced on a national level in the 1971-1972 travelling exhibition curated under the auspices of the American Federation of the Arts entitled “PAINTERLY REALISTS”. The first nationally circulated exhibition of the Painterly Realists.
He was awarded the Individual Grant for Painting from the New York State Council on the Arts. Other grants of note include two grants for Collaboration in Dance (Blondell Cummings, choreographer) /Set Design from the National Endowment for the Arts and two grants for Collaboration in Dance(Blondell Cummings, choreographer) /Sent Design from the New York State Council on the Arts. His dance sets have traveled throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
His paintings and prints are in museums, private, and corporate collections throughout the US, Europe and South Africa. His paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries in New York and throughout the United States in solo and group shows. Retrospectives include, the Queens Museum, NY, the Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, MD; Moravian College, PA;, Salisbury University, MD and Castello Aldobrandesco, Arcidosso, Italia.
Important public and corporate collections include The Library of Congress, The New York City Public Library, The Brooklyn Museum, the Estee Lauder Collection, the Walbro Corporation, Smith College, Prudential Insurance of America and The American Telephone & Telegraph Corporation as well as in colleges and museums nationally.
Major public commissions include a 9Ft. x 49Ft. entrance-way mural for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Ninth Street PATH Station in Manhattan sponsored by The Public Art Fund, New York City.
Articles and reviews on Giordano's work including reproductions have appeared in THE BALTIMORE SUN, CITY PAPER, Balto. Md; COVER, NYC; THE NEW YORK TIMES; NEW YORKER, ARTS ; ARTSPEAK; ARTWORLD; THE PRINT COLLECTORS NEWSLETTER; ART NEWS; AMERICAN ARTIST and ART IN AMERICA.
Joe Giordano was Director of Public Service Employment for the Cultural Council Foundation, CETA Artists' Project, NYC in the late 1970's. As Director of Artists Certification & Artists Housing he served as the artist liaison for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs from 1981-89.
Giordano has been a guest lecturer at the SoHo Center of the Arts; the Reading Public Museum; the Queens Museum; The Pratt Institute; the Maryland Institute College of Art; Snug Harbor Cultural Center; Cooper Union; the Creative Alliance, Balto. MD; The Walters Art Museum, and the International School for Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, Umbria, Italy
He produced and hosted “Visions Private and Public”, WBAI Radio NYC, for Pacifica Network and has written reviews on poetry and film for the Poetry Project, NYC.
Academic positions include appointments at the University of Pennsylvania, The Maryland Institute College of Art, Bard College, Notre Dame College of Maryland and The University of Delaware. He has been a visiting critic at The Maryland Institute College of Art, the University of Pennsylvania, Brandeis University and Swarthmore College.
Joe Giordano is the founding Visual Arts Chair at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology, a magnet high school in Baltimore County. The College Board has twice named his department as among the best visual arts departments in the world in schools of less than 900 students.
He is faculty for the Maryland Institute College of Art, Pre-College Program Tuscany Pre-College Program Italy.
Awards in education include: The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Binney & Smith Portfolio Teacher Award. He was awarded Distinguished Teacher, White House Commission on Presidential Scholars on two different occasions.
Joe Giordano received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania (PENN)