Biography Community volunteer, arts advocate, and Museum supporter, Joanne Ribble was less well known as an artist in her own right. Equally adept at painting and drawing, Ribble held both a bachelor of fine arts degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa. Born in Fargo, North Dakota, she worked as a fashion designer in St. Louis, Atlanta, and Chicago before moving to Cedar Rapids. Always active in the local arts scene, Ribble was first elected to the Museum’s Board of Directors in 1981 and later served as a member of the Board of Trustees. She served on the Board for much of the past 30 years and, along with her husband Don (1930-2015), always remained actively involved with the Museum.
For many years Ribble maintained a studio with good friend and artist Elizabeth Rhodes-Read. She was also extremely modest about her artwork and many did not know that she had not only received extensive formal training but also was actively making work throughout her entire life, creating a formidable portfolio.
- CRMA, from the exhibition, Joanne Ribble: Artist and Advocate