B.A. and M.A. In Art
Large Scale Abstract Liturgical Paintings on Silk, Kinetic Processional Pieces (Liturgical Kites), Stained Glass design
For two decades, artist Juanita Yoder has painted large-scale installations on silk for spiritual settings, with commissions by institutions including Princeton University Chapel, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart and Inferential Focus corporate headquarters, Madison Ave., New York. In 2013 Yoder was commissioned to create four large paintings for Central Park Hotel in Sighisoara, Romania. Also in 2013, three of her processional kites were used in the Basilica of the National Shrine at a National Pastoral Musicians conference. Her liturgical painting on silk and glass is now represented by Hillstream, LLC in New York. She paints and teaches in her studio at The Art Station, Hightstown, NJ.
Yoder was awarded a BENE Award for Devotional Art for her commission of the fifteen Stations of the Cross for St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church in Glendale, Arizona. She is formally trained as a painter with a B.A. in art from Goshen College, Indiana, and an M.A. from Eastern Illinois University where she was awarded a full scholarship and a teaching assistantship. She also earned a high school art teaching certificate from The College of New Jersey which she used to develop a successful curriculum for high school art for a charter school in Trenton, NJ. The student work created a healing, safe and artful environment.
Collaboration is a welcome experience for Juanita Yoder. Collaboration with a kite artist makes it possible to create 3-D suspended works and kinetic pieces used in processions. These have been used for major events in the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, D.C., the St. James Cathedral, Seattle, Washington, and the Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, New Jersey, among many others.