Joel Popadics has been enthralled with the sea, boats and maritime subjects ever since a trip to Acadia National Park, Maine in 1991. Always inspired by light, fog and mood of weather, the artist can be seen working at his easel along the coast throughout the Northeast.
Joel’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums across the United States, including the National Academy of Art and Design in New York; the Bergen Museum of Art and Science in Paramus, NJ; Art of the Sea Galleries in Rockland, Maine; the Place St. Charles Gallery in New Orleans; and the San Francisco Academy of Art in San Francisco. He is an annual exhibitor in “The Gathering of Marine Masters” hosted by Art of the Sea Galleries, South Thomaston, Maine.
In addition, his work is in public and private collections, including those of the Art for Healing Program at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, NJ; the Hamilton House Museum in Clifton, NJ; The Ridgewood Art Institute Permanent Collection and the United Methodist Church in Ridgewood, NJ. His artwork has raised money for charitable organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Table-to-Table Food Bank Network and the LAM Foundation.
Mr. Popadics is the recipient of numerous national awards. He has received the Edgar A. Whitney Memorial Award from the Hudson Valley Art Association; the Silver Medal of Honor from the New Jersey Watercolor Society; and the Grumbacher Gold Medal from the California Watercolor Association. He is a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society and an elected member of five art organizations. He has been featured many times in American Artist and The Artist’s Magazines.
Mr. Popadics is a Past-President of the New Jersey Watercolor Society. He is an executive board member and the education director of the Ridgewood Art Institute where he also teaches painting and drawing to adults and children. During the summer, he leads outdoor painting workshops to various locations in the United States and Europe. He has been a guest lecturer at Parsons School of Design and The King’s College in New York City.
Born in Passaic County, NJ in 1961, Joel received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has also studied painting with Arthur F. Maynard and John Phillip Osborne. He resides in Wayne, NJ with his wife Patricia and their two children.