Dr. Joan Marter, who earned master's and doctoral degrees in art history at the University of Delaware in 1970 and 1974, was inducted into the Alumni Wall of Fame on Friday, May 7, 2004. She was cited for her scholarship, museum curatorship, teaching, mentoring (including students at UD) and service on various boards. Marter is President of the Dorothy Dehner Foundation for the Visual Arts, on the board of the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust, and serves on the Board of Directors of the College Art Association.
Joan Marter with her former advisor, Professor Emeritus Wayne Craven
Dr. Marter is the author of three books: Theodore Roszak, The Drawings, Alexander Calder and Jose de Rivera Constructions; and three book-length catalogues, including Off Limits: Rutgers University and the Avant-Garde, 1957-63. The latter was recognized as the "Best Exhibition Catalog in a Museum Outside New York" by the International Association of Art critics in 1999. It was noted that Marter was author of "numerous articles and essays in museum publications and has organized panels, symposia and exhibtions". The 1997 exhibition at the Guild Hall Art Gallery in East Hampton, "Women and Abstract expressionism, painting and Sculpture, 1945-59" won "Best Art Gallery Show" from the International Critics Association.
At Rutgers, Joan Marter is Director of the Curatorial Studies Program and has received awards for Graduate Teaching Excellence from the university and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.
University of Delaware Wall of Fame
Gift to Alexander Library
The Dehner Foundation for the Visual Arts and Joan Marter recently donated a work from Dorothy Dehner's Stretcher Series (1992) to Alexander Library.
Dorothy Dehner (1901-1994) was one of the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists although her work was not widely recognized until the 1960s. Her abstract works are noted for their "lyrical and architectonic approaches".