Joanne Mattera works in a style that is chromatically resonant and compositionally reductive. She has had solo shows in New York City at the Stephen Haller Gallery (1995) and OK Harris Works of Art (1996, 2007), and has shown since then with the Elizabeth Harris Gallery and Margaret Thatcher Projects in Manhattan, at Metaphor Contemporary and 490 Atlantic in Brooklyn, and in curated exhibitions with American Abstract Artists in New York City and elsewhere.
Joanne is represented in New York by Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, where her solo, The Silk Road Paintings, took place in May 2015. She recently joined the Melanee Cooper Callery in Chicago, where her work will be included in a two-artist exhibition for the gallery's reopening in Fall 2018. In Boston she is represented by Arden Gallery, where her ninth solo with the gallery, Fifty/Fifty, will take place in November 2018.
She is represented elsewhere around the country: in Atlanta by the Marcia Wood Gallery; in Denver by Space Gallery; in Nashville by Cumberland Gallery; in San Francisco by Adler & Co. Gallery; and in Tucson, Arizona, by Conrad Wilde Gallery. Joanne also enjoys associations with Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York City; Projects Gallery, Miami; and the Boston Drawing Project at Carroll & Sons Gallery.
Recently Joanne was part of a 10-artist exhibition, 10 Ways, curated by Lorenza Sannai, which traveled from Milan to Bonn to Berlin to Paris. The exhibition included Joanne's paintings, works on paper, and a small book series.
Joanne's work is included in Geoform, an international online project curated by the artist Julie Karabenick, which is focused on contemporary geometric absraction. She is a member of American Abstract Artists and an honorary vice president of the National Association of Women Artists, both based in New York City.
Joanne's work is in the collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; Connecticut College Print Department; University Collections at the University of Albany; Wheaton College, Norton, Mass.; the U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C.; and institutional and private collections internationally. An illustrated resume can be seen here.
Writing and curating
In addition to her studio practice, Joanne writes regularly and curates occasionally. Through her Joanne Mattera Art Blog she reports on exhibitions and art fairs in New York City, Miami, and elsewhere.
Curatorial projects include Textility in 2012 at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, which she organized with the institution’s curator, Mary Birmingham; projects at the Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown in 2011 and 2012; A Few Conversations about Color at DM Contemporary in Manhattan in 2015; and Depth Perception in 2017 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, Massachusetts, which she curated with Cherie Mittenthal in conjunction with the 11th International Encaustic Conference.
Joanne is the founder and director emerita of the International Encaustic Conference, an event devoted to a contemporary medium with a historic past. Relatedly, she is the author of the first commercially published book on encaustic in half a century, The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax (Watson-Guptill, 2001). Currently she is the editor of ProWax Journal, a quarterly online magazine for professional artists working in wax and encaustic.
Joanne divides her time between Manhattan and Massachusetts.