L. D. Joynes, Ph.D.

  • Research Scholar, Art and Education, Columbia University

  • International Committee, Collage Arts Association

  • Visiting Professor, Renmin University, School of Art, Beijing

  • Co-Chair, Young Researchers Conference Mongolia

  • US Department of State Sponsored Research Fellow on Arts in Higher Education

  • US Public Diplomacy Awardee Mongolia (2014)

  • US Public Diplomacy Awardee China (2017)

L. D. Joynes is a research scholar on arts and education at Columbia University in New York and an education specialist for Europe and Asia.

He has directed US Department of State sponsored research on arts in education at the American Center for Mongolian Studies and is 2017 Fulbright-Hays US Public Diplomacy Awardee for cooperation in the arts.He has conducted education research in Europe and Asia and is focused on new program development, joint degrees in the art, Doctoral research in the art, post-doctoral research in the arts.

He has presented at Cambridge University, University of California, Columbia University, National University of Singapore, University of Coventry, UK, University of Lincoln, UK. As 2015 Visiting Fellow at the University of the Arts London (UAL) directed the PhD Master Class at Chelsea College of Art, London. He serves on the Editorial Board of ProjectAnywhere, a journal in Australia and is Fellow, Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC, member of the International Committee, College Arts Association, New York; member of the National Postdoctoral Association, (US) ; and was Co-chair for the Young Researchers Forum Mongolia.


University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (2015-2017)
Post Doctorate (2017)
Fine Art, Escola de Comunicações e Artes (2017).

  • Research on Intercultural collaboration and intermediate performance in Brazil and how artists can explore multiple media including sound, music, movement and poetry.

  • Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jose Batista Dal Farra, Director, Department of Performance Arts, University of Sao Paulo.

Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. 2011)

  • Doctoral Thesis on models for intercultural collaboration in the arts.

  • Supervision: Chris Bloor, Derek Horton, Ph.D.; Geoff Teasdale, Ph.D.

  • Archive research conducted as Visiting Scholar in Art and Philosophy, Columbia University, New York.

Musashino Art University, Tokyo
Masters in Fine Art (2001)

  • Monbusho Scholar (1997-2001)
    Specialization in new and traditional art-making techniques. Three-year postgraduate Program in Japanese Sculpture. Supervision: Hisayuki Mogami and Satoru Takada.

Goldsmiths, University of London, UK (1996-1997)
Master of Arts in Fine Art (1996)

  • Specialization in critical theory and contemporary art. Supervisors Gerard Hemsworth, RA, Michael Craig-Martin.

Central Saint Martins School of Art, London (1992-1996)
University of the Arts London (UAL) 

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)

  • Specialization in sculpture and critical theory.

  • King Sturge Price for Sculpture (London)

California State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 1988-1989
Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A., 1989)

  • Specialized in international strategy and research.

  • Financial modeling for energy resource exploration (Credit Lyonnais). Published research in knowledge and technology transfer, Pan-Pacific Conference, Seoul, South Korea, Dankook University Press (1990).

Boston University & Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Master of Science in Management, 1987 (M.Sc)

  • Joint-degree Vrije Universiteit Brussels Faculty of Economic & Social Sciences, Brussels).

  • Specialization in international management, competitive intelligence.

Boston University, Boston
Bachelor of Arts in History, Cum Laude (1986)

  • Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society in History.



National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (2016)
Taiwan Ministry of Education Language Huayu Scholar in Mandarin Chinese (September-December, 2016)

Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts de Paris, France (1995)
Erasmus Scholar in Sculpture

  • Studio of Jean Cardot. New Media Study.


  • Douglas, Lowry, Joynes, et al, (2016) Anywhere v.1. [peer reviewed book], Parsons The New School for Design; Project Anywhere; and School of Creative Industries, ISBN 978-0-692-32297-0

  • Joynes, O’Neill et al (2017) Going Beyond: Art as Adventure [peer reviewed book], Nottingham, UK, Cambridge Scholars Press.

  • Joynes, Vu et al, (2015) Draw: Selected US-China Artists at Beijing’s Inside Out Art Museum [catalogue], New York , LeRoy Neiman Foundation

  • Joynes & Basu (2011) The Invisible and the Transvisible in Contemporary Art, Singapore, Journal for Visual Culture, University of California, Irvine

  • Joynes (2011) Form Laboratory: New approaches to form and the formless through studio practice & process [doctoral thesis), Leeds Metropolitan University

  • Joynes (2000) Yuichi Higashionna at NADIF Tokyo, [magazine], Milan, Flash Art

  • Joynes (1999) Some Say They Did, Some Say They Didn’t: Yoshitomo

  • Nara at Ginza Art Space, Art in America

  • Joynes (1998) The New Pathetic, Springer [journal], Vienna

  • Shani & Joynes (1990) Managing The Technology Transfer Process: The Parallel Learning Mechanism. Pan-Pacific Conference, Seoul, South Korea, Dankook University Press

In Progress

  • Ostrow, Joynes et al (2018) Emerging models for teaching, evaluation and curriculum development, New York,  Critical Practices (2018)

  • Joynes (2018) Intercultural Collaboration in the Arts: Shamanism, Ritual in Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil. University of Sao Paulo

  • Joynes (2018) Higher Education: Mongolia at the Crossroads: Ulaanbaatar, American Center for Mongolian Studies

Blog Posts


    • CEC-ArtsLink Artist Grant, St. Petersburg, Russia (2017) CEC-ArtsLink Grantee. Convening panel discussions on contemporary art exchange, new models for education. Funding from Trust for Mutual Understanding, NEA.

    • US Public Diplomacy Award Inside/Out Art Museum, Beijing, (2017), Director FormLAB-Beijing, Liaised with US Embassy Cultural Affairs staff. Led collaboration with 8 Chinese and American artists, performers, film editors Feb-May 2017. Outcome: report on intercultural cooperation, solo exhibition.

    • US Public Diplomacy Award for Mongolia (2014) CEC-ArtsLink Grant (2014) Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art, Mongolia (2014), Director FormLAB-Mongolia. Awarded a US Department of State grant for field research on nomadic culture, ritual practice and community at border area with Siberia. Liaised with the Cultural Affairs Officers at the US Embassy in Ulaanbaatar. For this I collaborated with Mongolian musicians (traditional Mongolian Khoomi throat singers and the Ulaanbaatar-based synth-rock band Mohanik) and artists from Mongolia’s contemporary artist collective Blue Sun to create a solo exhibition of FormLAB-Mongolia at Mongolia’s Zanabazar Museum.

    • Columbia University, New York (2011-2017), Visiting Scholar in Art and Education. Teachers College and Lang Center for Entrepreneurship. As visiting scholar examining Mongolian higher education. Fostering university exchange collaborated in 2011 Columbia Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, Accenture and MTV to advise the New York City Mayor’s Office on city-supported television programming airing student and faculty films.

    • American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS), Mongolia 2016. U.S.Department of State Sponsored ACMS Research Fellow. Conducting arts in education research on Mongolian Education, Ulaanbaatar, July 25-August 31, 2016. Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture.

    • Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London, UK (2015-2016). Visiting Fellow. Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN). Analyzing cross-cultural collaboration. Led 2015 Ph.D. program’s Masterclass in fine art.

    • Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, São Paulo, Brazil (2013). FAAP Artist. Three-month arts research residency to explore arts as expressed in local ethnicities and neighborhoods within urban spaces in Brazil (September-December 2013).

    • Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, São Paulo, Brazil (2012). Director, FormLAB-Sao Paulo. At the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, São Paulo designed and created art-making systems in multiple neighborhoods in São Paulo.

    • Seoul Foundation for Art & Culture, Seoul, South Korea (2012). Director FormLAB-Seoul. At the Seoul Foundation for Art and Culture created FormLAB-Seoul creating a biography of the neighborhood through its found objects. Here I collaborated with Korean artists using found objects collected from Geumcheon, a semi-industrial neighborhood in southwestern Seoul.

    • Treignac Projet, Correze, France (2010). Director FormLAB-Treignac. At Treignac Projet, France (2010) directed research exploring glossolalia and spoken language with artists from Mexico, Germany, Russia, UK. Funding Harlem Arts Alliance New York.

    • Bauhaus-Dessau Foundation Germany (2008-2009). Bauhaus Artist Fellow. Director FormLAB-Singapore. Researching changes in multi-ethnic neighborhoods in Sachsen Anhalt, Germany and Queenstown, Singapore. Led eleven day performance project exploring the dystopian with vanishing neighborhoods (chromogenic prints, performance) and co-led research on urban renewal and its impact on local identity (Malay, Sikh, Chinese, European) in Singapore Le Corbusier-inspired urban design. Funding: Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.

    • Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dalsasen, Norway (2008). NKD-Artist. Nordic Artists Center Fellow. Researching indigenous nomadic Sami spiritual practices and Nordic mythology in Sunnfjord, Central Norway. Museum exhibition in Norway.

    • Nagasawa Artist Village. Center for Study of Human Endeavor Awaji, Japan (2006). Japanese Traditional Printmaking Fellow. Trained in Japanese traditional woodcut techniques – drawing and carving. in Awaji, an island off of Kobe. City of Awaji permanent collection, Japan.

    • Japan Ministry of Culture and Education (Monbusho), Japan (1997-2001). Japan Monbusho (MeXT) Scholar in Fine Art.Three year research program in fine art in Japan.

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    • Higher Education at the Crossroads: Mongolia Strives Towards Inter-university Cooperation, (2018) Columbia University, New York [presentation]

    • Arts in Transition, Leningrad to St Petersburg: 40 Years. (2017) CEC ArtsLink, St Petersburg, Russia, [panel presentation]

    • Intercultural Cooperation in the Arts: Arts Research in Brazil, Mongolia and China. (2017) Columbia University Global Center Beijing, [presentation]

    • Research and intercultural art performances in Mongolia (2016), US Embassy, Mongolia [presentation]

    • The Artist as Explorer (2016) , College Arts Association Conference [conference paper]

    • Local traditions and performance in art in Brazil and Mongolia (2015) Cambridge University Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities [presentation]

    • American Art from Pollock to Warhol. (2015) Mongolian National University for Art and Culture, Ulaanbaatar [presentation]

    • FormLAB: Arts-based Field Research, The Young Researcher’s Forum, Mongolian National University of Education, Ulaanbaatar [keynote presentation 2015]

    • FormLAB Structures for collaboration in Mongolia and Brazil (2015), University of the Arts London, UK [presentation]

    • Art & Geographically Dispersed Practice, College Arts Association, Conference, Chicago [conference presentation], 2014)

    • New forms of intermedia art, MediaArtChina (2014) National Art Museum of China [presentation]

    • Broadcasting university artists to New York (2011), Columbia University Eugene Lang Center for Entrepreneurship, New York [presentation]

    • Visiting artist lecture (2006) University of California Santa Barbara [presentation]

    • Visiting artist lecture (2012) Kookmin University, Seoul [presentation]

    • Site specific art in Singapore, (2009) Lasalle College of Art, Singapore and National University of Singapore [presentation]


    International Committee

    • College Arts Association, New York (International Committee 2015-2020)


    • Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC

    • Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain, London

    • Royal Geographical Society of Great Britain, London

    • Explorers Club, New York

    • University of the Arts London Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity & Nation (2015)

    Editorial Board

    • ProjectAnywhere [journal]


    • American Alliance of Museums, Washington DC

    • National Postdoctoral Association, Baltimore

    Other affiliations

    • Columbia University, New York

    • International Congress for Mongolists, Mongolian Parliament, Ulaanbaatar

    • New York Foundation for the Arts New York

    • Renmin University of China, Beijing

    • School of Arts and Communications, University of Sao Paulo Brazil

    • Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, Former Co-chair, New York

    • Young Researchers Forum, Ulaanbaatar (Co-chair)

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