Ph.D, University of Toronto
MA, Concordia University
B.Ed, University of Toronto
BA, University of Guelph


Joanna Black (BA, B.Ed., MA, PhD) is a Professor in Visual Art Education and is cross-appointed as Adjunct Professor at the School of Art, University of Manitoba. She has served as Senior Artist/Researcher in Residence for WIAprojects, Center for Women Studies in Education, at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. Currently she is appointed as Research Fellow at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University, Canada. Prior to being a professor, she has worked as an art educator, art director, museum educator, curator, art consultant in formal and informal settings in Canada and the United States.  
Black’s research in Art Education relates to digital technologies, human rights issues, learning for social change, visual research creation, and environmental issues in the Anthropocene. She has published books, journal articles, and art exhibition catalogues; she actively exhibits her artworks in North America. Awards Black has received are from the National Art Education Associations' Art Education Technology, for Outstanding Research Award; the Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Manitoba; The Manitoba Education Research Network’s Research Achievement Award; and the Provincial Affiliate Art Educator Award from the Canadian Society for Education through Art. 

Research Interests

  • Digital technologies
  • Human rights issues 
  • Learning for social change
  • Visual research creation Environmental issues in the Anthropocene