Joel Popadics

Joel Popadics’ 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 and the “Annual International Marine Art Exhibition” at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut.

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.

Joel is is an advocate of watercolor and has dedicated his career to the advancement and appreciation of the medium. He is the First Vice President of the American Watercolor Society and Past-President of the New Jersey Watercolor Society. He has also served on the board of the Ridgewood Art Institute in Ridgewood, NJ, where he currently teaches watercolor and drawing to adults and children. During the summer, he leads outdoor painting workshops to various locations in the United States and Europe. For the past five years he has been an Artist-in Residence at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont. He has been a lecturer at Parsons School of Design and at The King’s College in NYC.

Born in Passaic County, NJ in 1961, Joel received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He is represented in osome of the finest galleries in the Northeast. He resides in Wayne, NJ with his wife Patricia and their two children.

Watch Joel explain how he approaches a watercolor painting.