Josephine Halvorson 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. Through describing the appearance of a subject at-hand, she expresses what is invisible but nonetheless felt: locale, time, history, 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 and studied at the Cooper Union School of Art (BFA, 2003), Yale Norfolk (2002) and Columbia University (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). Halvorson has been the recipient of several awards and artist residencies including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2009); a New York Foundation for the Arts award in Painting (2010); 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 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. 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. She lives in western Massachusetts.