Joan Waltemath grew up on the Great Plains. Her abstract paintings focus on constructing spatial voids using harmonic progressions and non-traditional, reflective pigments in oils as well as drawings in diverse materials. Shown in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Basel, and Cologne, her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art and the Harvard University Art Museum among others. She has written extensively on art and served as editor-at-large of the Brooklyn Rail since 2001. She taught at the IS Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union from 1997 to 2010 and Princeton University since 2000. In 2011, she was appointed the Director of MICA's Hoffberger School of Painting. She was named a Creative Capital grantee in 2012.