B.A. and M.A. In Art
Large Scale Abstract Liturgical Paintings on Silk, Kinetic Processional Pieces (Liturgical Kites), Stained Glass design
For three decades, artist Juanita Yoder has painted large scale installations on silk for liturgical, healthcare, corporate and hospitality environments. Yoder has been commissioned by such notable institutions as Princeton University Chapel, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center in Arizona, and Central Park Hotel in Sighisoara, Romania. She 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. Yoder was honored in 2012 with an Alumni Achievement Award from Christopher Mennonite High School in Lansdale, PA. 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 teaching certificate from The College of New Jersey.
Personal meditative paintings inform her larger works. Watercolor is her medium of choice for studies and proposals. In Spring of 2010 Juanita Yoder had the opportunity to participate in a group pilgrimage to Assisi and also Laverna, Italy. The overwhelming smell of jasmine, the gorgeous stone and terra cotta, and the panorama of the valley provided a place for Yoder to explore small, personal works. This experience continues to influence her spiritual practice and artwork.
Collaboration is a welcome experience for Juanita Yoder. Working with the glass studio Meltdown Glass, she created four large panels of textured, hand-painted glass for a private client in the Philadelphia area. Collaboration with kite artists 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.
In 2020, Yoder took her studio art classes online. This community of adult students in drawing & watercolor continues to develop along with classes for children in after school art enrichment.