Joan Waltemath, who has been an educator since the early 1990s, taught for more than a decade at the I.S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union in New York before becoming director of the LeRoy E Hoffberger School of Painting. She also taught in the Visual Arts department at Princeton University. She has served as an Editor-at-large for The Brooklyn Rail since 2001.
As an artist, Waltemath has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and internationally, including solo shows in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Boston, Philadelphia and Portland; in Europe in Basel, Switzerland; London; Brussels; and Bonn, Germany. In 2018 Waltemath received the Jacob Lawrence Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has also received grants from Creative Capital in 2012, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2008 and has been invited to residencies at Artfarm, the Bemis Center, Jentel and The Edward F. Albee Foundation. Her work is in many noted public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Harvard University Art Museums and the Muse de Beaux Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.