Jo Ganter received the Fine Art MA (hons) from The University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art. In 1989/90, she was a Scholar at The British School of Rome. She returned to Scotland and continued her artistic career while teaching at Glasgow School of Art in the Departments of Printmaking and Historical and Critical Studies before joining Edinburgh College of Art as a member of staff in 1995. She received a Boise Scholarship, and Fellowship from the KALA Arts Institute, in 1994,allowing her to travel and work in print studios in New York and Berkeley for six months. In 2003, she was elected to the Royal Scottish Academy. Ganter has had many solo exhibitions, including A.I.R. Gallery in New York in 2000, The Talbot Rice Gallery in 2003, and the Academy Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania in 2011. In 2010 she was invited to make work at George Mason University in Washington and at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was a professor in 2011. Jo has published articles in journals on printmaking and pedagogical issues surrounding craft and art.
Ganter teaches in the Art programme, using her research skills to introduce students to a range of media, especially digital imaging including animation, printmaking and painting.
Recent research activity has seen Ganter collaborate with the Raymond MacDonald, Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation and American jazz pianist, Marilyn Crispell, to produce series of images that function as graphic scores. Graphic scores replace traditional music scores to direct musicians through images. The work has been exhibited and performed in 2014 at the Talbot Rice Gallery, and at the Royal Scottish Academy in 2019. Her latest collaborative work is with the American musician and composer David Rothenberg to produce a stop motion film, Urgent Nature. The film was screened at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow (GoMA) in 2021 as part of Drink in the Beauty. The exhibition showcased women artists concerned with the environment.