Juanita Yoder · Bio
For two decades, artist Juanita Yoder has painted large scale installations on silk for liturgical, healthcare, and hospitality environments. In each case her work reflects the client’s vision within the architectural space and is designed in an attitude of prayer. 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. Yoder is a board member of the Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space, a national organization to connect architects, designers and artists with clients who need quality, faith-based support in creating an environment of beauty and worship.
In Spring of 2010 Juanita Yoder participated 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.
Currently, Ms. Yoder is working on four processional pieces for Georgian Court University in New Jersey. Her processional pieces 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.