THE ARTIST
In 2002, Joan was asked by the Republican Women of Texas to develop a "Get Out to Vote" postcard that would represent the patriotism of the country in a post 9/11 world. The parameters were simple, they wanted the drawing to contain the American Flag and be symbolic of Texas, but not political. The artist explains how the inspiration hit; "During a trip to our son's college baseball game, held in Louisiana, we decided to take the backroads across the state. We kept passing flags flying from the fenceposts of nearly every farm and home.  Finally we passed a barn painted with the Texas flag and the inspiration hit."

The original artwork was donated to the CTRW Scholarship Endowment Foundation, and proceeds from the original's sale and limited edition prints contributed to the endowment for the Kitty Pope Memorial Scholarship.  
After establishing  the North Tampa Arts League in 2006 some of the artists were asked to volunteer to enhance the environment at Joshua House.  A home for abused and neglected children in the Tampa Bay area.  Five artists participated, each were assigned one of the group homes to paint murals in each playroom  The children came up with the theme for the room and were enlisted to help the artist paint the project.  Joan was assigned the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Room and enjoyed the children's enthusiasm in seeing their designs come to life.
" I think of my art as a gift to share in acknowledgement of the gift I have been given".
SHOWS & EXHIBITS:

BEST IN SHOW
"Cruising the Channel"
BEST IN DRAWING
"The Blackberry Fairy"
North Tampa Arts League
Stirling Gallery
Dunedin, FL

OPA SALON SHOW 2016
"Morning Phaleanopsis:
Castle Fine Art Gallery
Ft. Wayne, Indiana

HISPANIC HERITAGE
POSTER CONTEST 2016
2nd Place Award
Tampa History Center
Tampa, FL

POSSIBILITIES OF PERCEPTION 2016
Best in Painting
North Tampa Arts League
Carrollwood Cultural Center
Tampa, FL

SEA LIFE IN COLOR
SWARTZ GALLERY
Pinellas Park, FL

A DECADE OF ART 2015
North Tampa Arts League
Carrollwood Cultural Center
Tampa, FL

ALWAYS A STORY: The Art of Joan Garcia - Solo Show
Carrollwood Cultural Center
Tampa, FL

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS 2014
North Tampa Arts League
Carrollwood Cultural Center
Tampa, FL

REFLECTIONS - 2014
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island
"The Studio at Gulf and Pine"
Anna Maria, Florida

ILLUSTRATION & DRAWING SHOW
2013
The Gallery at
Carrollwood Cultural Center
Tampa, FL
TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART:
5 x 5 SHOW 2012 & 2013
CPSA EXPLORE THIS! 5
ONLINE EXHIBITION 2009
FLORIDA WILDLIFE MAGAZINE
ART CONTEST
Florida
2008 HONORABLE MENTION
FLORIDA WILDLIFE MAGAZINE
ART CONTEST
Florida
6th BIENNIAL NATIONAL ART EXHIBITION
Punta Gorda, FL
THE JACEY GALLERY
Tampa, FL
TAMPA BAY WATCH
Tierra Verde, FL
GLORIOUS, NTAL
PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD
Cross Creek Library, Tampa, FL
ZOOFARI
Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa, FL
UNDER THE SUMMER SUN
Jimmie B. Keel Library, Tampa, FL
NOCHE DE GALERIA HISPANIA
FIRST PLACE AWARD
TECO Gallery, Tampa, FL
ART FOR LIFE 2006
Tampa, FL
ART & MUSIC: Friends of the Westgate Library, Tampa, FL
JOSHUA HOUSE
Lutz, FL
THE ART OF LOVE
North Tampa Arts League
POPS IN THE PARK
New Tampa, FL
BECK GALLERY
Lutz, FL
BODY OF WORK
North Tampa Arts League
CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER
Belton, TX
AMIGOS DE LAS AVES
Alajuela, Costa Rica
HOMESTEAD ART SHOW
FIRST PLACE AWARD
Homestead, FL
SOUTH MIAMI ART SHOW
PATRON AWARD
Miami, FL
CORAL GABLES ART SHOW
Coral Gables, FL
ST. STEPHENS ART SHOW
Coconut Grove, FL
KOGER EXECUTIVE CENTER
Miami, FL
CLASSIC HOMES
Temple, TX
BARRY RATLIFF BUILDERS
Belton, TX
JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL
Cross Country Team, Tampa, FL
REPUBLICAN WOMEN OF TEXAS
Austin, TX
LEUKEMIA LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
Tampa, FL

joan l. garcia 
TEXAS PRIDE
11: x 14" pen and ink, watercolor on paper
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July/August 2008
FLORIDA WILDLIFE ART CONTEST
Honorable Mention
North Shore Landing
Joan L. Garcia
Laughing gull in winter plumage on Anna Maria Island
"This year, Florida Wildlife Magazine has reinstituted one of its most popular features from the 1990's. Due to popular demand, the annual art competition has returned. .........

The quality of this year's entries was so high, the judges decided to award three honorable mentions.....Joan Garcia of Lutz, (oil-on-canvas of a laughing gull preparing to land)......"

July/August 2008
Florida Wildlife Magazine
2009 Online Exhibition of mult-media Colored Pencil artwork.  COLORED PENCIL SOCIETY OF AMERICA
5 X 5 SMALL ART FOR A BIG CAUSE
OCT. 2013, 2015, 2016
THE TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART

FIRST PLACE AWARD
Drawing & Illustration Show - Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, Florida
SHEPHERD WATCHING
ALWAYS A STORY:
The Art of Joan Garcia
Featured Artist
April 1 - May 3, 2015
The Gallery at
Carrollwood Cultural Center
Tampa, FL 33618
TAMPA BAY TARPON was selected for the first ArtPop Tampa
Look out and up for the works of seven local artists being displayed on digital and static billboards along popular routes, thanks to a competition organized by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and hosted by OUTFRONT Media.. articale continued click here.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH NOVEMBER 2015
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2017 All artwork is copyright protected by the artist and may not be reproduced, downloaded or copied in any way.
Morning Phaleanopsis has been accepted and sold at the OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA Salon Show of Traditional Oils 2016 Exhibition at the Castle Gallery Fine Art in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


BEST IN PAINTING
The Possibilities of Perception
North Tampa Arts League 2016
Tampa Patriot Camp is a non-profit summer camp to inspire young people about the Founding of America. t run by committed volunteers and  I am their resident artist. I developed various activities and art inspired projects for the campers. Here they are recreating The Mayflower Compact by Emmanuel Leutz. The painting "Liberty Rising" is part of their signature logo. To see more about Tampa Patriot Camp on Facebook click here.
HISPANIC HERITAGE POSTER CONTEST 2016
"Generations of Heritage"
24"x36" oil on canvas
click here to see this painting in progress