Portia Munson


Portia Munson, works in a range of media including installation, painting, photography & sculpture. She received a B.F.A. from Cooper Union in 1983. She studied at the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in 1987. She attended Rutgers Mason Gross School of Art and received a M.F.A. in 1990. Munson has been a first and second year fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a fellow at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, C-Scape Dune Shake and received a studio from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation and Art Omi. She has recently completed a permanent Public Art commission for the MTA, Arts for Transit in NY(2012).

Munson's work has been exhibited throughout the US and internationally in such venues as MASS MoCA, MA; The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland; Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Denmark; 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, Danese Gallery. Her work has been reviewed and written about in many publications including The New York Times, Art in America, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Harper ’s, USA Today, Flash Art and Artforum. Munson has taught at the Yale School of Art, Vassar Collage, SUNY Purchase and NYU. Portia Munson is represented by PPOW Gallery in NYC. Her work is in numerous collections. She lives and works in Catskill, NY.

American. Based in NY, USA.

Available Works

The Garden, 1998

Artist: Portia Munson
Sculpture Dimensions: 46" x 44"
Materials: Pigmented ink on rag paper. Dated, titled, signed, limited edition of 5.

About: “The Garden” (first exhibited at Yoshii Gallery, NYC, 1996), is an artificial garden one can enter, a room densely packed and layered with recycled manufactured items that represent/depict flowers and creatures found in gardens and associated with women. A quilt of floral dresses covers the ceiling and walls, creating a canopy for the garden glowing beneath. Lamps are encrusted with plastic daisies; tall bunny rabbits smothered in fake flowers stand guard. Floors are flooded with blossoms; a floral love seat and adorned bed sit among clusters of floral consumer commodities appearing to have grown over every square inch of surface. In creating this work I was thinking about how ideas of nature and beauty are marketed to women. “The Garden” centers on ideas of artificial beauty, consumerism and cultural ideas around the feminine aspects of nature.

Proceeds 50% of the net proceeds from the sale of this print will be donated to American Rivers.

Price:  $4,000 USD
(Price does not include shipping.)


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