• Marter, Joan

Board of Governors Professor

Contemporary Painting and Sculpture
Ph.D., University of Delaware

Phone:(848) 932-1301

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In June 2012,  Professor Marter was named  “Board of Governors  Professor” at Rutgers.  In 2011 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Women’s Caucus for Art  at the Annual Meeting of the College Art Association in New York City.  She was Editor-in-Chief  of the Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, five volumes, published in 2011 by Oxford University Press.  This publication received an “Outstanding Reference Source Award” from the American Library Association. This reference is a comprehensive study of the art of the Americas, reconceptualized with new methodology and topics ranging from Native American Art to contemporary developments.

Currently Professor Marter is Editor of the Woman’s Art Journal, which has been co-sponsored by Rutgers University since 2006, and has been published continuously for over 34 years.  Marter has been Director of the Certificate Program in Curatorial Studies at Rutgers for over 17 years


Special Award:

Professor Joan Marter was one of four individuals inducted into ALUMNI WALL OF FAME at the University of Delaware in a ceremony on May 7, 2004. More--->

More Honors

Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Symposium Scholar, Hofstra University, 2009

University of Delaware, Alumni Wall of Fame for Distinguished Graduates, 2004

Graduate Teaching Award, Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools, 1999

Graduate Teaching Excellence Award,  Rutgers University, 1998


Bold Gestures: Women and Abstract Expressionism, Yale University Press (2016) [Editor and principal essayist]

Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, 5 volumes (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011) [Editor-in-Chief]  Author of 15 entries and Introduction

Abstract Expressionism, The International Context.  New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2007 [Editor]

American Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Volume II, A Catalogue of Works by Artists born between 1865 and 1885. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 2001 [contributed pp. 586-781]

Off Limits: Rutgers University and the Avant-Garde, 1957-63. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press and The Newark Museum, 1999 [as editor and principal essayist]

Theodore Roszak, The Drawings. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1992.

Alexander Calder. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991. (reprinted 1993; revised paperback edition, 1997)

Jose de Rivera Constructions.  Madrid: Ediciones JB, 1980. (Introduction by Dore Ashton).

Vanguard American Sculpture 1913-1939. New Brunswick: Rutgers University, 1979  (with Roberta K. Tarbell and Jeffrey Wechsler).

Select Publications:

 “Der Abstrakte Expressionismus und seine europaischen Wurzeln,” Phanomen Expressionismus (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2012),92-98.

 “Nancy Holt and the ‘90s Reclamation Revival,” In The New Earthwork, Art, Agency, Action edited by Twylene Moyer and Glenn Harper (Hamilton, NJ: ISC Press, 2012), 74 ff..

Ora Lerman’s Legacy at Soaring Gardens,” In Soaring Gardens Artists’Retreat,The First Ten Years, (Hope Horn Gallery, The University of Scranton, 2013)

“Abstract Sculpture in the Atomic Age.”  In ‘Art of Another Kind’, International Abstraction and theGuggenheim, 1949-1960 (New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2012), 58-67.

“Systems: A Conversation with Nancy Holt,” Sculpture 32 (October 2013): 28-33.

Twentieth-century painting and sculpture in Europe and America
American sculpture from 1930 to the present; gender studies
Contemporary art
Current projects include a book on constructivist sculpture between the two World Wars.

Undergraduate Classes Taught:

--Women & Art
--Contemporary Art
--Twentieth Century: Inventions and Events

Graduate Classes Taught:

--Exhibition Seminar
--Mad Men:  Pop Artists and Consumer Culture
--Modern Sculpture
--Exhibition Sculpture

Long List of Publications