Joyce Wieland was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1931. She studied at Central Technical School, in Toronto.
Her first exhibit took place in 1960 at the Isaacs Gallery, in Toronto.
From 1962-70 she lived in New York, where she became involved in experimental film making.
In 1987 Wieland was awarded the Toronto Arts Foundation's Visual Arts Award.
She has had solo exhibitions at institutions such as Canada House in London, England, McMaster University Art Gallery, and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, among others.
Wieland draws inspiration from Canadian history, politics and ecology. Her works include painting, lithography, collage, film, cartoons, embroidery, knitting, quilting, and mixed media.
She was a member of The Royal Canadian Academy.
She died in 1998.