Joan Marie Giampa, DA Joan Giampa

Associate Professor of Visual Art
Graphic Design Program Coordinator
(660) 831-4094
Baity Hall Room 302.5

DA, Higher Education, George Mason University, 2012
MFA, Painting, University Of Maryland, College Park, 1998
BFA, Graphic Design, James Madison University, 1983

Joan Marie Giampa holds a Doctor of Arts in Teaching Higher Education from George Mason University, an MFA in painting from the University of Maryland and a BFA in graphic design from James Madison University.

Dr. Giampa has been teaching visual communications and foundations art since 1997. Her research in the field of foundation design is primarily focused on applied creativity, visual mapping and idea manufacturing. Other areas of interest and research include: graphic note taking, color theory, neuroesthetics, visual metaphor, cognitive linguistics and synesthesia.

Current Research

Her current research focus is visual mapping that combines graphic note taking and metacognition. She has developed a mapping platform -"Meta Sketch Maps" (Giampa, 2013), that is the primary teaching tool in her classroom. Meta sketch maps are; a structural foundation for mapping words and pictures; a platform or stage for the brain to act out thoughts using words and pictures; a meta cognitive view of the brain that utilizes empathy as the basis for problem solving, critical analysis idea manufacturing.

Studio Work

Joan Giampa

Dr. Giampa is also a multi-media artist and painter and maintains a professional artist studio. Her studio work synthesizes computer graphics and fine arts that culminate into paintings, photography and video works. Her studio/gallery is located in historical Rocheport, Missouri. Her work has undergone a steady stylistic evolution in recent years, and she describes herself as an Image Archaeologist. Her personal iconography is based on the discovery of objects in nature in their native environment.

im-age ar´chae-ol´o-gy™,[im-ij] [ahr-kee-ol-uh-jee],
n. 1. The systematic recovery by artistic methods of imagery within the ground of painting. 2. A dig into the surface ground with the butt of a paintbrush to imprint an image. 3. The space between the figure and the ground from which emerges a skeletal impression of an image. 4. A constant searching for the middle ground through the applicationof paint projected thought that culminates into a work of art.

Selected Publications

Giampa, J, M. (DA)(2012), A generation makes a difference; the impact of family values on a first and second generation college going mother and daughter Jenkins, T,S., (2013). Family, community, and higher education (pp. 65-72). New York, Routledge.
Giampa, J. (2012). A concetual tool for mapping visual metaphor. (Doctoral dissertation)