Joan Esar is a graduate of the École des beaux-arts de Montréal (1969) and Concordia University (1975). A former visual arts professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal, she co-founded and became director of Montreal’s Atelier Sculpt in 1980. In 1982, she was awarded the Prix du Conseil de la Sculpture du Québec. Esar creates totemic figures imbued with spiritualism and the sacred symbolism of ancient civilizations, particularly the Inca. Her public pieces include an outdoor sculpture at the Centre d’accueil Denis-Benjamin-Viger in Île Bizard (1982) and a sculpture fountain at La Fontaine Park in Île-des-Sœurs (Verdun, 1989).
« “Open House” : Atelier Sculpt » by Martin Dufresne, ESPACE, vol. 5 #1, p. 38.
« La sculpture version universitaire : l’éloquence de la variété » by Mona Hakim, ESPACE, vol. 6 #1, p. 17.