Joan Melnick’s The Evolution of a Neighborhood: NoHo is a visual street-by-street comparison of the neighborhood from Great Jones Street to Astor Place. The book curiously follows the transformation of the neighborhood from farmland in the 1700s into the bustling urban community we know today. During our talk, Joan will share her illuminating illustrations of the neighborhood’s evolution as well as discuss her own experiences within her beloved community.

Joan Melnick (She/Her) first studied Painting and Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and received her MA in Art Education from New Paltz State University. After compiling her studies, Joan moved to Manhattan to begin her professional career as an artist/educator. During the ‘60s, she taught art in various public-school programs and began exhibiting her portfolio in galleries in and around New York city. Living and working in New York City had a very strong influence on her paintings, where landscapes and architecture became very important subjects. In the ‘70s, she started teaching Drawing at Lehman College in the Bronx and Art History at Kean College in New Jersey. To support her artistic practice, she became a freelance architectural and interior renderer, and Joan is currently a Professor of Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Thursday, April 28, 2022
6:00 pm
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