Joy Poulard Cruz

Third-Year MFA Candidate




Joy Poulard Cruz is a multidisciplinary artist working in physical, digital, and social collage as a means to reflect on multicultural meaning-making. As an adopted person of color informed of their heritage as an adult, she mines her cultural identity and familial bonds for the raw materials of her art practice. Joy unifies the familiar and the unfamiliar as a framework for proposed global consciousness, often arriving at looming utopian ideals where irony and humor tend to manifest. With this play of dark and light, she calls into focus existing power structures and broader authoritative tropes imprinted on the collective social psyche: how bodies become catalysts and inhibitors of peace and violence.

Joy Poulard Cruz is a Pittsburgh-based artist from Northeast Washington, D.C. and 2019 MFA candidate at Carnegie Mellon University. She has been awarded by the Frank Ratcheye Studio for Creative Inquiry, Corrigan Travel Fellowship, inaugural NE Florida SPARK Grant, among others. Joy has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Andy Warhol Museum, Merce Cunningham Studios in NYC. She studied dance at Tulane University and University of Florida and toured as a company dancer with The Mod Project and members of Urban Bush Women.

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