Joanne Tepper Saffren

Joanne Tepper Saffren has not followed a single path in her exploration and lifelong dedication to art. In the 1970’s she studied painting and printmaking at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles where she received her BFA in 1978. Following an interest in Gestalt principles and visual communication she opened a graphic design studio with an emphasis on branding and logo design. After 12 years in Los Angeles, she relocated her studio to Sacramento where she maintained both a design and fine art practice. In addition, Joanne taught design part-time from 2008 to 2013 at The Art Institute of California—Sacramento.

In 2012, her need to make work that questions contemporary perceptions grew to her current full time study and art practice. In order to deepen this study, summer of 2016, Joanne began a graduate curriculum at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in their Low Residency Masters of Fine Arts program, directed by Greg Bordowitz. This program focuses on poetics and the positive empowerment of art—expanding dialogues to consider relative economic and global concerns, the grammar of ephemeral site-specific installation, temporality and object oriented ontology.