Marter, Joan


Ph.D., University of Delaware

Research Interests

  • 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.

Biographical Notes

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 34 years.  Marter has been Director of the Certificate Program in Curatorial Studies at Rutgers for 17 years.

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

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

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.

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

Selected Publications

Recent Publications:alt

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

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

“Nancy Holt and the 90s Reclamation Revivial.”  In The New Earthwork, Art Agency, Action,  edited by Moyer and Harper (ISC, 2012).


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).


“Artist-Endowed Foundations: Archives, Access , and Scholarship” In  The Artist as Philanthropist, A study of the emerging artist-endowed foundation field in the U. S., volume II (The Aspen Institute, 2010),  463-471.

"Critical Writings on Feminist Topics," Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women, and Feminism (Cambridge             Scholars Ltd., 2008), 125-130.

"Ethical Issues and Curatorial Practices," In Ethics and the Visual Arts edited by Elaine A. King and Gail Levin (New York: Allworth Press, 2006), 155-59.

“Arcadian Nightmares: The Evolution of David Smith and Dorothy Dehner’s Work in Bolton Landing,” In Reading Abstract Expressionism: Context and Critique edited by Ellen G. Landau (New Haven:Yale University Press, 2005), 625-645.

“Feminist Art” (v.2, 142-145). In Encyclopedia of American Studies. New York and Danbury: Grolier Educational, 2001.

Essays on Alexander Calder (v.4, 192-95) Dorothy Dehner (v.6, 350-51), Jose de Rivera (v.6, 471-72) Malvina Hoffman (v.10, 944-46) Gaston Lachaise (v.13, 13-14) Louise Nevelson (v.16, 309-11) Theodore Roszak (v.18, 930-32) David Smith (v.20, 158-59) Abastenia St. Leger Eberle (v.7, 272) Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (v.23, 300-03). In  American National Biography. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Essay on Alexander Calder (band 15, 563). In  Allgemeines Kunstlerlexikon. Munchen, Leipzig: K. G. Saur Verlag, 1997.

"Sculpture: after World War I” (v.31, 612-15) and essays on Alexander Archipenko (v.2, 310-11) Alexander Calder (v.5, 422-24) Jose de Rivera (v.8, 77-78) and Ibram Lassaw (v.18, 813-14). In The Dictionary of Art. London: Macmillan Publishers, 1996.

Essays on works by Alexander Calder. In  A Gallery of Modern Art at Washington University in St. Louis. St. Louis: Washington University Gallery, 1994.

Essay on Alexander Calder.  In Joann Prosyniuk, ed., Modern Arts Criticism, volume 2.  Detroit: Gale Research Press, 1992.

"Sculpture and Painting."  In Clark, Robert Judson, David De Long, Martin Eidelberg et al. Design in America: The Cranbrook Vision 1925-1950, pp.237-264; 326-329.  New York: Abrams, 1983.

Essays on Alexander Calder, Ibram Lassaw, Isamu Noguchi, and Theodore Roszak. In Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America: 1927-44, edited by John R. Lane and Susan C. Larsen, pp.59-62; 182-83; 202-03; 311-13. New York: Abrams, 1983. 

"Contemporary American Art at the Academy." In Bolger, Doreen, Richard Boyle, Frank Goodyear et al. In This Academy, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, pp.229-258; 310; 316.  Washington, D. C.: Museum Press, 1976.

Courses Offered


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


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