Joyce Polance was born in New York City in 1965. She attended Wesleyan University and received a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Polance is a six-time grantee of the CAAP Grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs as well as the recipient of a Cliff Dwellers' Artist in Residence Award, two Judith Dawn Memorial Fund Grants and a George Sugarman Foundation Grant. Her work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, American Art Collector, Antigone Magazine, Visalia (CA) Times-Delta, King's River Life, Parce Que Magazine, iArtistas, and PoetsArtists, on the covers of several collections of art: Face, Figure, Identity, Urban Confustions, and The Other Journal, as well as in the German-published volume Women in Art. Her work is also aired internationally as part of the Austrian Artfem.TV website. Polance's paintings are held nationally and internationally in private and corporate collections including Commonwealth Edison, Deloitte, The University Club of Chicago, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, and the William Boyce collection in London. She has exhibited widely and is represented by Judith Ferrara Gallery in Three Oaks, Michigan and Fine Art Finders in Minneapolis, Minnesota.