Featured Artist Joan Burger Siem

Artist Joan Burger Siem presents a thought-provoking and magical collection of paintings. See more of her work on her website.


portrait of a young woman by Joan Burger Siem

“Clear View” acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 60″


I studied painting and printmaking in California where I received my BFA and MA at Stanford University and my MFA at San Jose State. To help pay tuition, I illustrated for the Botany department and designed flower arrangements for the local florist shop.


Still life painting by artist Joan Burger Siem

“Midnight Dance at the Museum of Natural History” acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 40″


After graduating, I left for Europe where I lived and exhibited for many years. I exhibited in Norway, Denmark, Sweden. France, Spain, and Germany. I had one year in Japan where I exhibited several places, including Tokyo.


mysterious still life with window by Joan Burger Siem

“Light” acrylic on canvas, 42″ x 54″


After returning to the states, I was privileged to be invited to exhibit my work in The Art in Embassies program. It was started by John F. Kennedy, for the purpose of promoting peace around the world through art.


portrait of a young woman and bird by artist Joan Burger Siem

“Curiosity” acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 24″


I’ve taught art at The University of Maryland, European Division, and at The Sondre Jyland Art Academy in Denmark.


Ephemeral painting of a horse by Joan Burger Siem

“In Natural Balance” acrylic on canvas, 65″ x 48″


Now I’m living in Houston and exhibiting mostly in the United States. Among the places I’ve exhibited: The ARC Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. Brownsville Art Museum, Texas, Vignette Art Fair, The Women’s Museum Dallas, Art Benicia Gallery, California. Las Laguna Art Gallery, California, Menino Art Center, Boston, Shock Box Gallery, Hermosa Beach, California, Hilliard Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Gallery Keep Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Attleboro Art Museum, Massachusetts.


Painting of a planet by Joan Burger Siem

“Ray of Hope” acrylic on canvas, 52″ x 60″


When I paint, I try to balance between intent and leaving space for a little magic that can carry the work over the boundaries of intent. I feel such gratitude when I’m joined by forces beyond my limitations.


portrait of Ophelia by Joan Burger Siem

“Ophelia” acrylic on canvas, 42″ x 46″


When I feel that a painting has touched another person in a way that awakens something in them, something that was there but not expressed before, something universal has been touched.


Moonlight landscape with temple and vase by Joan Burger Siem

“Filtered Light” acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 24″


It is within this commonality that art has the power to unite across diverse languages and cultures and to feel our common humanity. Art should not be overlooked as a tool for peace.


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  1. Beautiful work. Thank you.

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