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 1970’s 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.