Dr. Cecelia Joyce Price is an educator, artist, and Cedar Hill resident who began painting fourteen years ago while in her late thirties. She initially sought painting instruction from a well-renown wildlife artist. Later, she became a student at Visual Expressions Creative Arts School in Cedar Hill where she currently teaches children’s painting on the weekends. Joyce is a spiritual artist whose work illustrates various expressions of love. You can see her artist’s portfolio at cjoyceprice.com and contact her at email@example.com.
Her exhibit at the Museum of International Cultures is entitled Faith, Family, Foliage, and Futures, and it is a collection of four thematic presentations.
…..In Faith, the artist illustrated redemption by drawing upon her experiences as a praise dancer at her church and also upon Jesus’ encounter with a sick woman.
…..In Family, she used several family photos to create a montage wherein her parents are surrounded by family members. Her parents’ childhood homes provide the backdrop for this scene.The other four paintings portray her niece Joni, who appears with family in two paintings and alone in the others.
…..The mini-series Foliage, located in the museum’s main hallway, provides two, textured, mixed-media portrayals of nature.
…..“Futures” is an abbreviated title for Futures of Mpeasem. Joyce partnered with Dr. Cynthia B. Dillard, professor of education at University of Georgia to raise money to build the first primary school in Mpeasem Village, Ghana, West Africa. Dr. Dillard founded this partially-completed school which currently serves over 70 children and their families. Half of the profits from the sales of the prints in Futures of Mpeasem series go directly to “Give.Build.Share.,” the non-profit organization which collects funding for this cause. Editors of the Journal of Language and Literacy Education have featured this series on the cover and inside of the 13th volume, second issue.
A life-long educator and May, 2017 graduate of University of North Texas, Dr. Price earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction and is currently a part-time instructor in the Teacher Education Program at Dallas County Community Colleges. Her aspirations include becoming an assistant professor, and in this role, she intends to continue bridging learning and art through teaching, writing, publishing, and of course, by painting many, many more expressions of love.