Portia Munson is a New York based artist photographer and painter. Her flower photographs use the mandala (symbolizing the universe) as a pattern form around which she arranges buds and blossoms from her garden. At first glance, the image appears only colorful and carefree, but upon close look, reveal nuances of insects and secrets hidden within the beautiful color and forms. Portia Munson works in a range of media including installation, painting, photography & sculpture.
Portia Munson works in a range of media including installation, painting, photography & sculpture. Munson’s work has been exhibited in such venues as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; The Kunstahallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Denmark; MASS MoCA, MA; The Kohler Arts Center, WI; Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CO; Portsmouth Museum of Art, NH; Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ; The Hyde Collection, NY; Hemphill Gallery, Washington DC; and in NYC at PPOW Gallery, The New Museum, Ace Gallery, Exit Art, White Columns, Yoshii Gallery, Art in General, DC Moore Gallery, Affirmation Arts, Munson is currently working on an MTA, Arts for Transit subway commission, Fort Hamilton Parkway Station, Brooklyn, NY.
Munson has taught at the Yale School of Art, Vassar Collage and SUNY Purchase. She holds a BFA from Cooper Union and a MFA from Rutgers UV, and studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Munson has received fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, Fine Arts Work Center Provincetown, Art Omi, and others. Her work has been reviewed and written about in many publications including The New York Times, Art in America, Newsweek, Harper’s, USA Today, The New Yorker, Flash Art and Artforum. Portia Munson lives in the Catskill Mountains of New York with the artist Jared Handelsman and their two children.