Jocelyne Prince grew up in St. Boniface, a large Francophone neighborhood in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (her father was active in promoting her Franco-Manitoban cultural heritage in the city). She began as a painter, studying at the University of Manitoba School of Art (1981-83) and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1983-85), and exhibiting her large-format, shaped works on ply-wood in Montreal and Winnipeg.
In the 1990s Prince became interested in using glass when Espace Verre began offering classes in Montreal. She earned her M.F.A. in glass at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She began teaching in the Glass Department at RISD immediately after graduating, and now also teaches in RISD’s Digital Media Department.
She was a visiting artist at the Toyama Institute of Glass Art in Toyama, Japan, in 2004; taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax in the summer of 2002; was an adjunct assistant professor of visual art at Brown University in 2001-02; and adjunct assistant professor in sculpture at the Maine College of Art the previous year. She has also taught at the Bild-Werk Academy in Frauenau, Germany, and the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA.
Jocelyne Prince lives in Providence with her husband, artist Lucky Leone.
Picyured: El Greco ReVisited Live Event, 2013.