Joanna Spitzner

School of Art

Associate Professor, Studio Arts

Joanna Spitzner

102 Shaffer Art Building
Syracuse, NY 13244-1180


Joanna Spitzner is an artist whose work is often time-based, employing performances, exchanges, discussions, video, and sound.

She aims to connect everyday experiences, such as working life and gender, to larger social issues. She has created experimental organizations as artworks, including the Art School in the Art School, the Joanna Spitzner Foundation, Inc., and the Union of Undercover Artists.


  • M.F.A. art critical practices, The Ohio State University

  • B.F.A. painting, Syracuse University


  • Art theory, feminism
  • Social practice
  • Time Arts ( sound, video, performance, digital imaging)
  • Arts administration / institutional critique

Courses Taught

  • Third Year Studio
  • Art of the 21st Century
  • Graduate Critique
  • Introduction to Art and Society
  • First year studio: 2D, video, performance, animation
  • Second Year Studio
  • Art in Context
  • Graduate Seminar: Art & Ideas
  • Graduate Exhibition