Interweaving discussions of vision, perception, and identity, Giannell’s works operate as expansive fields recording time, labor, and physicality utilizing haptic processes within the language of abstraction. In 2019, exploring imprisonment and displacement, Giannell was selected as an Artist in Residence with the Marek Maria Pienkowski Foundation in Poland, and also as the inaugural Artist is Residence with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project collaborating with incarcerated individuals on physical/ephemeral interconnection and spatial infinity.

Exhibited nationally and internationally, Giannell’s work has been included in institutions such as Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in OH, Sense Gallery in D.C., McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Goodyear Arts, Baku Gallery, and Gaston College in NC, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and Spring Hill College in AL, as well as Galeria Pieńków in Poland. Giannell has been featured in the Charlotte Observer and Auburn Plainsman newspapers and has been the recipient of two Kenan Fellowships among other awards.


Giannell is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Core in the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design at Indiana University Bloomington and has experience instructing foundational and advanced drawing and painting courses at institutions such as Auburn University, Clemson University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, The Mint Museum, Airy Knoll Farm Artist Residency, and in Alabama prisons. Giannell also has a theoretical and professional interest in the critical and curatorial conversation related to exhibitions and has served as juror for several student shows in addition to working as the Gallery Coordinator of the Rowe Arts Galleries in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte overseeing professional and student exhibitions.

Giannell has lived in Europe and the US, graduating from the Visual Arts Program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts before earning a BFA cum laude in Painting with a minor in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a MFA summa cum laude in Painting from Clemson University, SC.  

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