Born 1951, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Lives and works in New York, USA

Visual AIDS

Selected Press

The Art NewspaperReverend Joyce McDonald: 'From the shooting gallery to the art gallery', Tom Seymour, 2 June 2023
Shoreditch Arts Club, London Gallery Weekend 2023 – An East London Top Ten, 1 June 2023
Artforum, Must See Reverend Joyce McDonald at Maureen Paley: Studio M, 1 June 2023
The Art Newspaper, London Gallery Weekend: Our Critics Pick Their Top Shows, Ben Luke and Louisa Buck, 1 June 2023
The Guardian, ‘From shooting gallery to art gallery’: the reverend saved from heroin and sex work by sculpting, Dominic Rushe, 30 May 2023
West Elm, Reverend Joyce McDonald on the Healing Power of Art, 7 April 2022

Solo Exhibitions


Maureen Paley: Studio M, London, UK


Gordon Robichaux, New York, USA

Group Exhibitions


outer, view, inner world, Maureen Paley: Morena di Luna, Hove, UK

Origin Story, Gordon Robichaux, New York, USA


Aids Memorial Quilt-Making (workshop), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA


Look After Each Other: Intimacy and Community, Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA


Marc Selwyn Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Parker Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Souls Grown Diaspora (curated by Sam Gordon), apexart, New York, USA


AIDS at Home: Art and Everyday Activism, Museum of the City of New York, USA


Everyday, La MaMa Galleria, New York, USA
Persons of Interest (curated by Sam Gordon), Bureau of General Services–Queer Division, New York, USA


HIV+WOMEN+ART, Puffin Foundation Gallery, New Jersey, USA


Curated, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), New York, USA


Visual AIDS: Selections From the Archive Project, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA


taken-up, Judson Memorial Church, New York, USA



–––, Frieze New York diary: splashy showstoppers, steamy snapshots, and art that saves,, 2 May 2024
Nayeri, Farah, Going to Frieze New York? Here’s What You Need to Know,, 25 April 2024


Seymour, Tom, Reverend Joyce McDonald: ‘From the shooting gallery to the art gallery’,, 2 June 2023
–––, London Gallery Weekend 2023 – An East London Top Ten,, 1 June 2023
–––, Must See – Reverend Joyce McDonald at Maureen Paley: Studio M,, 1 June 2023
Buck, Luisa; Luke, Ben, London Gallery Weekend: Our Critics Pick Their Top Shows,, 1 June 2023
Rushe, Dominic, ‘From shooting gallery to art gallery’: the reverend saved from heroin and sex work by sculpting,, Dominic Rushe, 30 May 2023


–––, Ford and Mellon Foundations Reveal 2022 Disability Futures Fellows,, 27 July 2022

Durón, Maximilíano, The Best Booths at Independent New York 2022, from Personal Abstraction to a Response to the Guston Controversy,, 5 May 2022P. Kelly, Brian, Your Curated Guide to New York Art Week,, 28 April 2022Chiaverina, John, Reverend Joyce McDonald: Deliverance Through Clay,, 27 April 2022

McDonald, Reverend Joyce, Reverend Joyce McDonald on the Healing Power of Art,, 7 April 2022


Saltz, Jerry, The Best New York Art Shows of 2021,, 17 December 2021

–––, New online exhibition explores humanity of those living with HIV/AIDS,, 9 August 2021


Saltz, Jerry, The 10 Best Art Shows of 2020: Jordan Casteel, Noah Davis, and anything you could see in person,,, 11 December 2020

Salazar, Francisco, New York Choral Society to Stream ‘Peace unto Zion’,, 12 November 2020

News 12 Staff, Brooklyn artist creates sculptures inspired by social unrest, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor,, 2 November 2020

Cristi, A.A., The Resilience Of NYC Gives The New York Choral Society Something To Sing About,, 29 September 2020

Paskal, Blake, Blake Paskal Interviews Artist + Member Joyce McDonald for “Ampler than Loneliness”,, 12 September 2020

Laster, Paul, 3 Los Angeles Exhibitions Exploring the Nature of Things,, 28 August 2020

Deters, Alexandria, The Great Migration’ of Southern Sensibilities and Charm: Souls Grown Diaspora at apexart,, 7 March 2020

Soboleva, Ksenia, Souls Grown Diaspora,, February 2020

Cotter, Holland, What to See Right Now in New York Art Galleries,, 23 January 2020

Gordon, Sam, The Art of Other Suns: A Consideration of Work Made in the Wake of the Great Migration, Ursula,, 6 January 2020


Needle, Chael, The Beats that Echo Within Our Pulse: A World AIDS Day Gallery, Art & Understanding Magazine, 29 November 2019

Crumpler, Rev. Michael J., Thoughts on How to Include Spirituality in Exhibitions about HIV and AIDS, OnCurating: Issue 42, September 2019

Love Michael, Michael, This Art-Focused Initiative Supports Women Living With HIV,, 20 February 2019


Positive Profile: Joyce McDonald, HIV Positive! Magazine


Sherell, Thaïs, Between the Pages: Where trials become TRIUMPH!


Adatto, Leslie, LGBT Community Center Highlights Outsider Artists with HIV,, 5 September 2016

Cotter, Holland, Art of the AIDS Years: What Took Museums So Long?,, 28 July 2016

Needle, Chael, Out of the Fire: Anointed, Inspired, Delivered & Saved, Artist Joyce McDonald Rewrites Longterm Survival, Art & Understanding Magazine, 10 February 2016


Helfand, Myles, Saved! How HIV Gave Joyce McDonald a New Life,, 3 April 2007


Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA
Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, USA