B. 1940, HIGHLAND PARK, NEW JERSEY
Joan Snyder's work brings together expressionist musings on nature, contemplative text as image, and an outpouring of personal narrative. With each project, she brings a painterly approach to printmaking. Her most recent print, "See what a life..." (2011) uses multi-color softground and woodcut to delve into Thoreau's poignant summary of life. In "Wild Roses" (2009), she turns to deep reds and earth tones to evoke passion and loss.
In 2011, a retrospective of prints: "Dancing with the Dark: Prints by Joan Snyder 1963 – 2010", was organized by the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, and traveled to The Boston University Art Gallery, the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond Museums, from January 24 to April 22, 2012, The University of New mexico Art Museum, Sept 14- Dec. 15, 2012. (full monograph of the prints available) In 2005-6, The Jewish Museum in New York, NY organized the exhibition" Joan Snyder: A Painting Survey, 1969-2005", which traveled to the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA.
Snyder’s work can be seen in numerous public collections, including: the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; The Jewish Museum, New York, NY; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
Snyder has received a host of prestigious awards and honors. Most recently, in 2007, she was honored as a recipient of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.