Visual Arts Past Faculty

Josephine Halvorson

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Josephine Halvorson makes oil paintings on site. She finds objects in their environment that she feels “look back” at her by revealing traces of human activity. Working directly from perception, and often completing her paintings in a single session, Halvorson’s process allows for a prolonged closeness and shared experience with her chosen subjects and the human quality of their tools, their graffiti, their wear and tear. This collaboration between artist, materials, and environment forges a painting that serves as a record of the artist’s conversation with the world and a testament to time spent.

Halvorson’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico. Her solo New York exhibitions “What Looks Back” at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. and “Clockwise From Window” at Monya Rowe were highly acclaimed and reviewed in The New York TimesArtForumArt In America,Modern PaintersThe Brooklyn RailThe New YorkerNew York Magazine, and Time Out New York. Group exhibitions include “Americanana” curated by Katy Siegel at Hunter College, and “Still” curated by Peter Fleissig at Frith Street Gallery, London. Halvorson is the recipient of many awards including a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to Vienna, Austria, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts award in painting. Halvorson’s work is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York and can be seen in a forthcoming solo exhibition at Galerie Nelson-Freeman in Paris.

Josephine Halvorson began teaching at Princeton in 2011 when she was appointed Lecturer in painting. Halvorson comes to Princeton from The Cooper Union where she taught Advanced Painting. She currently serves as a Core Critic in the MFA program at Yale University, and as a Visiting Critic in the MFA program at Columbia University. She has lectured widely on her work at educational and cultural institutions including The Cooper Union, The School of Visual Arts, Boston University, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Massachusetts College of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Vassar College, The New York Studio School, The University of Tennessee, and Rutgers University. When she’s not traveling to paint on site in Death Valley, Iceland, or England (to name a few favorite places), Halvorson can be found at her studio in Brooklyn, New York.

Campus Address

Lewis Center for the Arts
185 Nassau Street