Joan Arbeiter


For this Ceres Gallery on-line site I have selected my 1990’s portrait series, “Lives and Works: Women Artists”. These artists were featured in the book Lives and Works: Talks With Women Artists, Vol. 2, which I co-authored in the ’80s and which grew out of the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series at Douglass College, Rutgers University, still on-going. Having spoken with, listened to, written and edited interviews with these subjects, I felt very connected to their struggles and successes, works and lives. This led to my desire to make their portraits and to enrich each one with visual references from the artist’s own artwork, along with selected bits of text descriptive of their themes, techniques and professional activities. For example, in the portrait of Miriam Schapiro, I collaged fabric which she allowed me to choose from her treasured collection.

Finally, the artist accepted my invitation to write a brief statement, in her own hand, directly on her portrait. Then each canvas became a unique mix of ideas, images and materials which, when taken together, offer a glimpse into the historical moments during the coming-of-age of the contemporary women’s art movement, 1970s through the 1990s.

Throughout my career I have been drawn to a number of subjects – nearly all figurative – and I find that during the exploration of these themes, the techniques and media have virtually suggested themselves! So it seems that, while it is important for an artist to know how to draw and paint, it is even more expressive and creative when the content is allowed to suggest its own form. These works are the product of this process.

Joan Arbeiter



Pratt Institute, MFA, 1981
Montclair State College graduate school, 1971
duCret School of the Arts, diploma,1971
Douglass College, Brooklyn College, BA

Solo Exhibitions:

“Lives and Works: Women Artists”, The Drake House Museum, Plainfield, NJ 2010
“Portrait of the Artist As A Young Girl”, The Drake House Museum, Plainfield, NJ 2010
“Friends and Neighbors and Street People”, The Raconteur, Metuchen, NJ, 2009
“Lives and Works: Talks With Women Artists,” Rutgers University Art Library, 2008
“Portrait of the Artist As A Young Girl,” Rutgers University Art Library, 2008
“Lives and Works: Talks With Women Artists,” duCret School of Art, Plainfield, NJ, 2006
“Portrait of the Artist As A Young Girl,” duCret School of Art, Plainfield, NJ , 2006
“Lives and Works: Talks With Women Artists,” Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA, 2004
“Portrait of the Artist As A Young Girl,” Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA, 2004
“Together Again,” Ceres Project Room, Elizabeth Foundation, NYC, 2001
“Street People: Portraits,” The Tomasulo Gallery, Union County College, Cranford, NJ, 1999
“Lives & Works: Talks with “Women Artists”, Ceres Gallery, NYC 1997
“Street People: Portraits,” with Biographical Narratives, Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ 1996
“Street People: Portraits,” with Biographical Narratives, Ceres Gallery, NYC 1993
“Familiar Faces,” Wagner College Gallery, Staten Island NY, 1992
“Intimations of Nature,” Douglass College Center, New Brunswick NJ, 1992
“The Vanishing Vista,” Stony Brook Millstone Gallery, Pennington NJ, 1991
“Aging Faces/Facing Aging,” Meridan Nursing Home, Plainfield NJ, 1991
“Aging Faces/Facing Aging,” Central Jersey Home for Aged, Somerset, NJ, 1985
“Friends & Neighbors,” Ceres Gallery, NYC, 1989
“The Vanishing Vista,” Ceres Gallery, NYC, 1987
“CAA Job Search Documentation,” Columbia University, NYC, 1986
“CAA Job Search Documentation,” Ceres Gallery, NYC, 1985
“Familiar Faces,” Pargot Gallery, Edison NJ, 1985
“Familiar Faces,” Gallery 120,120 Lafayette Street, NYC, 1983
“Paintings, Drawings, Etchings,” Hebrew Rehab. Center, Boston MA, 1979
“Paintings, Prints, Drawings,” Old Bridge Civic Center, Old Bridge NJ, 1979
“Paintings,” J. M. Madison Gallery. Middletown NJ, 1976
“Acrylics,” Edison Valley Playhouse, Edison NJ, 1975

Selected Invitational Exhibits:

“Gender Games”, Philadelphia Women’s Caucus for Art, International House, Philadelphia, PA, 2012
“Distressed”, NY Women’s Caucus for Art, La Galerie, Boricua College, NYC, 2012
“Inside/Outside”, Members Show Ceres Gallery, NYC, 2012
‘Women and Water”, PA Women’s Caucus for Art, International House, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
“New Beginnings”, NYC Women’s Caucus for Art, St Francis College, Brooklyn, NY, 2011
“Visual Diaries”, Goodwyn Hall Gallery, Auburn University, Montgomery, AL, 2011
‘Women’s Nature”, Members Show Ceres Gallery, NYC, 2011
“Visual Diaries”, Fairleigh Dickinson University Gallery, Teaneck 2010
“Baby Doll”, Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway NJ, 2010
“Visual Diaries,” Suffolk Community College, Brentwood, NY 2010
“Bridging Generations,” Alexander Library, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 2009, 2010
“Reunion Exhibition”. Douglass College Student Center, Rutgers University, 2009
“The Bay @ Pia”, Lighthouse Gallery, Tuckerton, NJ, 2009
“Wish You Were Here”, AI.R. Gallery, NYC, 2007, 2010
“South Jersey: Seasons and Cycles,” Lighthouse Gallery, Tuckerton, NJ, 2007
“Alumni Artists,” Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 2006
“Ceres Gallery Revisited,” Krasdale/Fords, Bronx, NY, 2006
“Chrysalis,” Solaris Gallery, Califon, NJ, 2004
“DuCret School of Art,” Papermill Gallery, Millburn, NJ, 2003
“New Jersey Landscapes,” Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, 2001-2003
“Birthday Duet,” Ceres Gallery, NYC, 2003
“Small Works,” Women’s Studio Center, LlC, NY 2002 – 2005
“Ceres at Fifteen,” Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY 1999
“The Whole Is Greater than the Sum of Its Parts,” Kunstlerforum, Bonn, Germany, 1998
“SOHO 20 & Friends,” SOHO 20 545 Broadway, NYC 1998
“A Woman’s Place,” The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, New Jersey, 1996
“Mothers & Daughters,” MS Foundation, 120 Wall Street, NYC, 1994-96
“Landscapes & Still Lives,” Everhard Gallery, Basking ridge, NJ, 1994-95
‘Women’s Issues,” Art Sphere Gallery, NYC, 1994
“Landscapes,” Children’s Specialized Hospital, Mountainside NJ, 1993
“The Real and Unreal,” Raritan Valley College, North Branch NJ, 1991
“Ceres Revisited,” Krasdale Foods, Bronx NY, 1991
“Blacklisted, Whitewashed, Redhanded,” SOHO 20, NYC, 1990
‘Women In Visual Art,” Appalachian State University Gallery, Boone NC, 1990
“Holiday Invitational,” AI.R. Gallery, NYC, 1988
“Invitational,” NYFAIIWomen’s Center for Learning 1985 -1988
“Two Artists,” Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ, 1986
“People and The Human Condition,” Pavilion Galleries, Mount Holly, NJ, 1986
Annual Members Exhibit, Ceres Gallery, NYC, 1984 to present
“Cross Sections,” Artists League of Central NJ, 1981
‘Women’s Work,” Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ, 1980
“Ritualistic Sensibilities,” Westbeth Gallery, NYC, and Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ, 1980
“One Decade of Westbeth,” Westbeth Gallery, NYC, 1980
“Four Artists,” The Studio Gallery, Red Bank NJ, 1977

Selected Juried Exhibits:

“Re/Using Our Resources”, juried by Barbara A Wolanin, for WCAlPhila, Sandy Springs Museum, MD, 2012
“Momentum” online, juried by Rita Gonazles Curator LA County Museum of Art, forWCA National, 2012
‘When Winter Comes”, South Brunswick Municipal Gallery, Monmouth Junction, NJ, 2011
“The Project”, Womanmade Gallery, Chicago IL, 2011
“Girls Gotta Run”, GGR Foundation, Holy Family University, Philadelphia PA, 2009
“Structured for Life,” South Brunswick Municipal Gallery, Monmouth Junction, NJ, 2009
“Family Album,” South Brunswick Municipal Gallery, Monmouth Junction, NJ, 2008
“Home Grown: Americana,” The Noyes Museum, Oceanville NJ, 2008
“Intersectionalities: The Feminist in Art,” The Pyle Center, U. of Wisconsin – Madison, WI, 2007
“Herstory,” Manhattan Arts on-line exhibition, 2007
“Signatures of Age,” Womanmade Gallery, Chicago IL, 2006
“Highlights from the Noyes Museum Collection of Contemporary American Art, Oceanville NJ, 2005
“Alumnae Artists,” Douglass Library, Rutgers University, NJ, 1999
“Highlights from the Noyes Museum Collection of Contemporary American Art, Oceanville NJ, 1998
“Imaging/Aging,” Watchung Arts Center, Watchung NJ, 1998
“Earth Messages: Strategies for Survival,” Waterloo Village Pavilion, Stanhope NJ 1996
“Lambertville Historical Society Annual Juried Exhibition,” Coryell Gallery, Lambertville NJ, 1996
“The Artist Looks at Hunterdon County,” Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton NJ, 1996
“Deviants, Perverts, Aliens & Feminazis,” The Ceres Gallery, NYC, 1995
“Message from the Planet,” The Noyes Museum, Oceanville NJ 1995
“Redefining Legacies,” WCA National, San Antonio, TX, 1995
“Selected Visions,” Krasdale Foods, Bronx, NY, 1995
“Women and the American Dream Machine,” The College of Staten Island NY, 1993
“Artists on the Homefront,” Goddard-Riverside CC, NYC, 1991
“Ceres Invitational,” World Trade Center, NYC, 1991
“Jury Exposition,” Synchronicity Space NYC, 1991
“Insights on Issues,” WCAlNJ, Renee Foosaner Gallery, Millburn NJ, 1988
“Artists League Central New Jersey Annual,” 1979, 1984, 1988, 1989
“Visual Diaries,” John Jay College, NYC, 1987
“Letters,” WCA National, Clocktower, NYC, 1986
“Editorial Art,” Tweed, Montclair State College, Gallery 1, Montclair NJ, 1985
“Women, Culture & Aging,” Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ, 1984
“New Perspectives,” Women Artists Series, Douglass College, New Brunswick NJ, 1982
“Light as Subject,” Tweed Gallery, Plainfield NJ, 1982
Painter’s and Sculptor’s Society of NJ National, Bergen Community Museum, 1980
“The Medium as Message,” Printmaking Council, North Branch NJ, 1980
“Women’s Caucus for Art”, Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark NJ, 1979
American Artist’s Professional League, NJ Annual, 1979
National Society Painters in Casein and Acrylic, National Academy of Design Annual, NYC, 1978
National Drawing Competition, Appalachian State University NC, 1978
Twenty-Fourth Annual, Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton NJ, 1977
Fifteenth Annual, Westfield Art Center, Westfield, NJ, 1976


Elan Award for Mentoring & Lifetime Achievement, Women’s Studio Center, NYC,2004
Honorary Member of the Board of Directors, Women’s Studio Center, NYC, 2002 – 2007
Excellence Award:“Herstory”, Manhattan Arts Magazine, 2000
Peoples Choice:“Imaging Aging,” Watchung Art Center, NJ, 1998
A.I.A. Award:“The Artist Looks at Hunterdon County,” Hunterdon Art Center, 1996
Best in Show:Artist’s League of Central New Jersey Juried Tri-State exhibit, Middlesex County Museum, 1989
Artist in Residence:“Art Goes Public,” Artist’s League of Central New Jersey, Middlesex County Museum, Feb 1988
Fellowship:Vermont Studio Colony, 1987
Awards:“Metuchen Annual Outdoor Exhibition,” All Media, Metuchen, NJ, 1988
“Healing Process Through Art,” Honorable Mention, Burlington County Hospital, NJ, 1982
“Westfield Art Association Member Show,” Mixed Media, Westfield, NJ, 1978


“Chance & Change In The Art of Sari Denes,” Woman’s Art Journal, Fall, 1986/Winter 1987, Vol 7 N2
“Sari Denes,” catalogue essay Elders of The Tribe Exhibit, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, NYC, 1987-88


Lives & Works: Talks with Women Artists, Vol. 2, Scarecrow Press, 1996, 1999


“Mimi Smith Fashioning Art and life”, Susan Earle, Woman’s Art Journal, Spr/Su 2011,Vol32 N1, pp 18,21
Bridging Generations, Exhibit Catalog Alexander Library, Rutgers University, 2009, pp 5 and 8
‘Women Artists Moving Forward,” Renee Philips, Chicago Artists News, 2004, Vol 31, N3, P 1,
Success Now for Artists, Renee Phillips, Manhattan Arts International, 2nd ed. 2003, pp 162-164
Spirit Taking Form, Nancy Azara, Red Wheel Weiser, 2002, pp 26-27


Show Us Your Face” South Brunswick Arts Commission, NJ, 2003
“Lives and Works; The Exhibition,” work of 12 artists from the book, Ceres Gallery, NYC, 2000
“Age As a Work of Art,” traveling exhibit of work by four artists
Housing Authority, Plainfield NJ; Hebrew Rehab Center, Boston, MA, 1985;
Brookdale Institute on Aging, Columbia University, NYC, 1986


South Brunswick Arts Commission, “Summer Pleasures”, 2010
Edison Arts Society, “Arts on Amboy”, 2009
Edison Arts Society, ‘Then and Now”, 2008
Art Goes Public, South Brunswick NJ, 2005
Artists Guild, Ocean County NJ, 1999, 2001, 2003
Women Helping Women Art Competition, Metuchen NJ, 1995
South Plainfield Outdoor Art Festival, 1989, 1994
Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County Art Show, 1991
Clark Art Association, 1989, 1992;.Roselle Park Arts Council, 1989
Scotch Plains/Fanwood Art Association Annual Outdoor Exhibit, 1988
NJ Teen Arts Festival, 1987
Second Congressional Art Competition, 1983
Prudential Invitational, Holmdel NJ, 1982
Monmouth County Arts Alliance All Media Members Exhibition, 1981


duCret School of Art, Plainfield, NJ, Foundation Co-ordinator, 1980 to present
Joan Arbeiter Studio School, Director, 1976-1988


“History of the Book/Fine Artists Books,” Drew University, NJ, 2000
“Lives and Works: 2000,” Artists Talk on Art, Phoenix Gallery, NYC, 2000
“Report from the Front,” Women and the Arts Conference, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ, 1998
“Male Response to the Women’s Art Movement.” Ceres Gallery, NYC, 1998
“Conversations with Women Artists,” National Museum of Women In the Arts, Washington DC, 1997


“New York Feminist Art Institute(NYFAI) 1979-1990: Its Programs and Its Legacy,” Alexander Library at Rutgers University, NJ, 2009
“Feminist Co-op Galleries,” E.A. Sackler Center, Brooklyn Museum of Art, 2008
“Women Artists Today,” Artists Talk on Art, NYC, 2005
“New York Feminist Art Institute: Women’s Art History In New York,” Women’s Caucus for Art, College Art Association Conference, NYC, 2003
“Approaching Art Galleries,” Union County Div of Culture & Heritage, 1998
“Feminism In the Art World,” Artists Talk on Art, NYC, 1997
“Drawing /Writing, Connections,” College Art Association Conference, San Antonio TX, 1995

Guest Lecturer:

“Contemporary Women in Art”, Quiet Hour Club, Metuchen NJ 2011
“The Feminist Perspective: An Historical Survey”, The Drake House Museum, Plainfield, NJ 2010
“Contemporary Women in Art”, The Drake House Museum, Plainfield, NJ 2010
“Contemporary Women in Art”, Great Neck Senior Center, Great Neck, LI, 2010
“Women Artists 1550-1950,” National Council of Jewish Women/NJ Chapter, Edison, NJ 2009
“Women Artists 1550-1950,” Metuchen Public Library, Metuchen, NJ 2009
“Women Artists 1550-1950,” Ceres Gallery, NYC, 2008
‘Women Artists 1550-1950,” Brandeis University Women’s National Committee, Nassau North Chapter, 2008
“Women Artists 1550-1950,” Great Neck Senior Center, Great Neck, LI, 2008
“Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party”, American Association of University Women, Mid-NJ Chapter, 2008
‘Women Artists and Feminist Perspectives”, slide lecture series, South Brunswick Arts Commission, Monmouth Junction, NJ, 2007
“Nuts and Bolts and Spirit of Art,” slide lecture series, South Brunswick Arts Commission, Monmouth Junction, NJ, 2006
“Contemporary Women in Art,” Women’s Caucus for Art, Philadelphia PA, 2006
“Contemporary Women in Art,” Edison Arts Society, Edison NJ, 2005
“Lives and Works,” LBI Foundation of the Arts & Sciences/NJ Council For The Humanities, 2000
“Lives and Works,” Zimmerli Art Museum, Docent Talk, Rutgers University, 2000
“Women In Art,” Somerset Community College, Somerset NJ, 1997
“Vanishing Vista: An Artists View,” Sierra Club, Princeton NJ 1997
Art Appreciation Lecture Series, Temple Sholom, Plainfield NJ, 1995
Brandeis University Women’s National Committee, Middlesex Chapter, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992
“Joan Arbeiter, Artist,” Roselle Park Council on the Arts, 1989, 1998
“In the Park with George,” Edison NJ, 1984; JCC lecture Series, 1985
“NJ Women Artists,” American Association of University Women, 1980


Ceres Gallery, 547 West 27 Street 2nd floor, NY, NY 10001,1984 to present
ArtTable, Inc, 2003 to present
Hon Member Board of Directors, Women’s Studio Center, LlC, NY, 2001-2007
The Varo Registry
College Art Association, 1981 to present
Women’s Caucus for Art, 1982 to present
Board of Directors, Artist’s League of Central NJ, 1977-78: 1979-80
Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society


The Ms. Foundation, Brooklyn, NY
The Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ
First Presbyterian Church, Metuchen, NJ
duCret School of Art, Plainfield, NJ
CSR Group, Nutley, NJ
Private collections