Born April 16, 1940 in Highland Park, New Jersey, Joan Snyder received her AB from Douglass College, New Brunswick, New Jersey (1962) and an MFA from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey (1966). She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1974) and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1983).
Snyder’s entrance into the art world began with a series of “Stroke” paintings which shaped her first solo shows in New York City and San Francisco and were selected for the Whitney Annual 1972, the 1973 Whitney Biennial and the Corcoran 1975 Biennial. In 1978, the Neuberger Museum in Purchase, New York presented a solo exhibition of her work. Since then, her paintings have been shown in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions. They are also included in major museum, corporate, and private collections.
In 2005, the Jewish Museum in New York City presented a thirty-five-year survey of her work, which then traveled to the Danforth Museum in Framingham, Massachusetts. Abrams Books published a monograph, Joan Snyder, with an introduc- tion by Norman Kleeblatt and essays by Hayden Herrera and Jenni Sorkin in conjunction with this touring exhibition. Other recent museum exhibitions include solo shows at the Allentown Art Museum (1993), Rose Art Museum, The Parrish Art Museum (1994), and The Brooklyn Museum of Art (1998). Although Snyder’s paintings are often placed under various art-movement umbrellas—Abstract Expressionism, Neo-Expressionism, Feminist Art—the changing nature of her work, with its combination of personal iconography, female imagery, aggressive brushstroke, and accomplished formalism, has kept her steadily untagged.
Snyder lives in Brooklyn and Woodstock, New York.
- Courtesy of Joan Snyder
- Heresies Collective Retreat 2, by Mary Beth Edelson