Joan Griswold was born in Oberlin, Ohio in 1954. With her family she moved to Rochester, New York and then in 1970 to Kobe, Japan. After graduating from an international high school, she spent a year in Kyoto studying the language and pottery of Japan. She graduated from Beloit College in 1977 with a double major in Classics and Studio Art.
After a few years of foreign travel she settled in New York where she opened and ran a small art gallery and frame shop for five years. In 1986 she moved to the Berkshires where she now lives with her husband, Roy Blount Jr. Ms. Griswold’s award-winning work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions, and has been acclaimed in the New York Times and other publications. Her work can be found in many private collections throughout the US and Europe.