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Lived/Active: New York/New Jersey      Known for: abstraction, collage, and floral painting, prints

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Painter and printmaker Joan Snyder, born in Highland Park, New Jersey in 1940, has gone through a variety of subject matter in her career, all in an Expressionist*, highly personal vein.  In the 1960s, she painted landscapes and portraits; in the 1970s, abstract, gestural* work evolving to feminist* subject matter; the 1980s, autobiographical subject matter and concern for the children of the world.  Snyder often incorporates three-dimensional, collage* elements like cloth and even straw in her painting, and uses items for symbolic imagery related to women's consciousness raising such as valentines, cheesecloth, and chicken wire.

Snyder earned her B.A. degree in 1962 from Douglass College of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and an M.F.A. degree in 1966 also from Rutgers.  She married a photographer, and she and her husband moved to Martins Creek, Pennsylvania in 1974.  Later she returned to New York City to live in a loft with her daughter.

In 1971, she had feminist consciousness-raising exhibitions of women's artwork in the library at Rutgers, where the faculty was all male.  Discussions were organized around the work and drew large crowds of people, much to her satisfaction.

Rutgers, The State University (Upward Bound Project), Rutgers, NJ;
Ferkauf Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, at the Yeshiva University, New York City, NY;
State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY;
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO;
Yale University Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk, CT;
Yale University, New Haven, CT;
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ;
University of California, Irvine, CA;
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA;
Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA;
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA;
Wake Forest University, Wake Forest, NC;
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY;
Bard College MFA program, Poughkeepsie, NY;
Rutgers University MFA Program, New Brunswick, NJ;
Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia;
School of Visual Arts, MFA Program, New York, NY

2007: The John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
1994 International Association of Art Critics, First prize for the best regional exhibition:
"Joan Snyder," exhibition at Brandeis University's Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA;
New York Magazine year-end awards for best exhibitions, selected by Mark Stevens:
"Joan Snyder," organized by Brandeis University's Rose Art Museum, at the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY.
1983 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
1974 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

Jules and Nancy Heller, North American Women Artists of the 20th Century
Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein, American Women Artists

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The following information, submitted May 2014, is from the artist:

Born April 16, 1940, in Highland Park, NJ, Joan Snyder received her A.B. from Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ, in 1962, and her M.F.A. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, in 1966. Joan Snyder was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1974, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1983. In 2007, Snyder received a MacArthur Fellowship. She currently lives in Brooklyn and Woodstock, NY.
Joan Snyder first gained public attention in the early seventies with her gestural and elegant “stroke paintings,” which used the grid to deconstruct and retell the story of abstract painting. By the late seventies, Snyder had abandoned the formality of the grid. She began more explicitly incorporating symbols and text, and the paintings took on a more complex materiality. These early works were included in the 1973 and 1981 Whitney Biennials and the 1975 Corcoran Biennial. Often referred to as an autobiographical or confessional artist, Snyder creates paintings, which are narratives of both personal and communal experiences. Through a fiercely individual approach and persistent experimentation with technique and materials, Snyder has extended the expressive potential of abstract painting, inspiring generations of emerging artists.
Her work is included in many public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art,  the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Jewish Museum, the Guggenheim, the High Museum of Art, and the Phillips Collection.
In 2005, The Jewish Museum in New York City presented a 35-year survey of her work which then traveled to the Danforth Museum in Framingham, Massachusetts. Abrams Books published a monograph, Joan Snyder, in conjunction with the exhibition with an introduction by Norman Kleeblatt and essays by Hayden Herrera and Jenni Sorkin. In 2011, Dancing With The Dark: Joan Snyder Prints 1963-2010, a traveling retrospective of Snyder’s prints, opened at the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Jersey accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Faye Hirsch and Marilyn Symmes, co-published by DelMonico Books/Prestel and Zimmerli Art Museum.

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