Joan Grommes Franzen studied at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and the American Academy of Art in Chicago, receiving degrees in both fine art and commercial art.
The Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art, Chicago, IL
The National Society of Arts and Letters, Evanston, IL Chapter
An Associate member of the Midwest Watercolor Society
An Associate member of the American Watercolor Society
Numerous art league organizations and corporate and private collections in various states
Merit Award Winner in the Wisconsin Watercolor 2000 Competition
Joan received a grant for instructing students in pastel at Maine East High School, Park Ridge, IL. She says, "This was one of the most rewarding and gratifying experiences anyone could have."
she was accepted in the Wisconsin Watercolor 2001 Competition.