Joan Barten is the Regional Director for the Western New York branch of IndicatorArt, as well as a mixed media and painting instructor. She was born and raised in East Aurora, NY, and after an executive career in market research in New York City and Connecticut, she moved back to East Aurora in 2010 and now calls it home.
Joan earned her BA in Art History and Art Education from the University of Wisconsin. She also has an MBA in Marketing Management specializing in non-profit service management from SUNY at Buffalo, NY. At the same time that she was developing her professional marketing career, she was also developing her gifts as an artist: she spent thirty years as an active oil and encaustic painter, studied with several working artists, and was a resident artist at Silvermine Art Community and RedFish Studios, where she conducted workshops and gave private lessons.
Joan is active in several non-profit organizations currently.