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, 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 1970s with her elegant, abstract stroke paintings. Her work was included in Whitney Biennials of 1973 and 1981, and the Corcoran Biennial in 1975. Snyder’s work is 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.


1966      M.F.A., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

1962      A.B., Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ