Memory Marks by Joan Giroux Art Exhibition Opens at Hospice of Santa Barbara October 29th

Hospice of Santa Barbara’s 2019 Fall Artist in Residence, Joan Giroux.

Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) will welcome their 2019 Fall artist in residence, Joan Giroux, with an opening reception on October 29th for her exhibition Memory Marks. The exhibition will remain on display at the Leigh Block Gallery, located inside HSB, through January 2020. 25% percent of the art gallery’s total sales will benefit HSB.

Joan Giroux is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, compassionate activist, and death acceptance advocate whose work frequently provides context for community and personal reflections on loss, absence, and bereavement through active play and participation. Joan has performed and exhibited her work in the US and abroad. Recent projects and venues include: eco monopolies: A Commons Artist Project, MCA Chicago (2018); Take Care, Weinberg/Newton Gallery (2017); and Ill at Ease: Dis-ease in Art, University of Buffalo (2017).

“Joan’s work is both evocative and beautiful and we are honored to have her work displayed at Hospice of Santa Barbara,” said David Selberg, CEO of Hospice of Santa Barbara.

In 2000, Joan founded Compassionate Action Enterprises with Lisa Marie Kaftori to create art and interaction geared toward ecofeminism, environmental ethics, social, political, and cultural activism. Their filmic verse from there to here, from then to now extends CAE’s ongoing jasmine series into physical meanderings and cinematic wanderings and was presented in S.T.E.P., Saunter Trek Escort Parade at Flux Factory and Queens Museum, NY (2018).

Joan is also a Professor in Columbia College Chicago’s Art and Art History Department, where she teaches courses in studio art, art activism, and professional practices. She earned an MFA at Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts low-residency interdisciplinary program, and a BFA from Parsons School of Design, and also studied Multi-Media | Experimental Sculpture at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin with Professor Shinkichi Tajiri.

HSB is located at 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 100. For more information about the exhibition, please call 805-563-8820 or visit

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services free of charge to individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness.  Hospice of Santa Barbara also provides counseling in our offices and on fourteen local junior and high school campuses to children and teens who are grieving a loss. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit

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