Josephine Halvorson is an artist based in Massachusetts. She makes art from observation in relation to a particular object and place. Transcribing her perceptions in real time, Halvorson connects with the world around her through the medium of paint. Her work describes the appearance of a subject at-hand, while also expressing that which is invisible yet nonetheless felt: locale, time, history, and emotion. Halvorson’s artistic practice foregrounds attention and experience, taking the form of painting and also sculpture, printmaking and drawing.
Halvorson grew up on Cape Cod, where she first studied art on the beaches of Provincetown and with Barnet Rubenstein at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She attended The Cooper Union School of Art (BFA, 2003), Yale Norfolk (2002), and continued her interdisciplinary education at Columbia University’s School of the Arts (MFA, 2007). She has been granted three yearlong fellowships in Europe: the United States Fulbright to Vienna, Austria (2003-4), the Harriet Hale Woolley at the Fondation des États-Unis, Paris, France (2007-8), and was the first American to receive the Rome Prize at the French Academy at the Villa Medici, Rome, Italy (2014-2015). She is the recipient of several awards, including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2009) and a New York Foundation for the Arts award in Painting (2010), and has been granted residencies at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, Brooklyn, NY (2009-2010), Moly-Sabata in Sablons, France (2014, 2017) and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva, Florida (2016).
Halvorson’s work has been exhibited widely and is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, and Peter Freeman, Inc., Paris. In 2015 she presented her first museum survey exhibition, Slow Burn, at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC, curated by Cora Fisher. In 2016 she exhibited large-scale painted sculptures at Storm King Art Center, as part of the Outlooks series curated by Nora Lawrence. Her work has been written about in various publications and she is one of the subjects of Art21's documentary series, New York Close Up.
Josephine Halvorson has taught at The Cooper Union, Princeton University, the University of Tennessee Knoxville and Columbia University and has lectured extensively about her work at schools throughout the US and abroad. From 2010 to 2016 she served as Critic and Senior Critic at Yale School of Art's MFA program in Painting. In 2016 Halvorson joined Boston University as Professor of Art and Chair of Graduate Studies in Painting.