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|A painter in contemporary abstract style, especially of portraits, Mary Frances Judge was born in Minneapolis and studied at the College of New Rochelle in New York, earning in 1961 a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1971, she earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in painting from the University of Notre Dame.|
Judge has her studio in New York City and has been a teacher at the College of New Rochelle.
"A recycler of human material and energies, I collect the cast-off personal effects of people living and dead. A commitment to some type of psychic and spiritual human ecology moves me to rescue these materials representative of human life so that they not be disrespectfully abandoned or discarded.
Using these human materials in a free association technique on primarily circular canvases, I compose with them until some new primal image emerges suggestive of figure, face, animal, landscape, mindscape, or other creative cosmic being.
The psychic energies invested in these abandoned materials by their former owners' seek release as I grapple with them, playing with them and allowing them to speak to me as they dictate to me their desired new state. As I embed them in the paint, the original features of these materials are more or less lost in the process of transfiguration.
I am satisfied as the psychic and material cast-offs play host to the transfigured and the transformed. Death is overcome again as Material lets go again to become Other."
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2002-2003 Gallery Exhibits, New York City
1994 Oak Ridge Art Museum, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
1992 Lee County Alliance of the Arts Cultural Center, Fort Myers, Florida
1984-1990 University of Texas, Dallas, Texas
1988 Leonarda Di Mauro Gallery, New York, New York
1985 Max Gallery, New York, New York
1983 Rosenberg Library, Harris Gallery, Galveston, Texas
1981 Ross Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
1980 Dolly Fiterman Gallery, Minneapolis, Minesota
1977-1978 Hansen Galleries, New York, New York
1973 Reflections Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
1973 Contemporary Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1972 Moody Gallery, Austin, Texas
Selected Group Exhibitions:
1994-2004 "Recycling with Imagination," Portland, OR, Kansas City,MO, Phoenix, AZ, New York, NY, Pittsburgh, PA
2000-2001 Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis, MN
1994 "All Out," Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
1988 Leonardo Di Maura Gallery, New York City
1987 Beverly Gordon Gallery, Dallas, Teas
1983 "Thirteen Collection," Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, NY
1982 "Whimsical Images," First Woman's Bank, NYC
1982 "Red," "Blue," "Black, White & Gray" Shows, Barbara Walter Gallery, New York City
1981 "Art-The Universal Language," Avery Fisher Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York City
1980 "Introductions," Robinson Galleries, Houston, Texas
1978 "Dallas Art," Dallas City Hall, Dallas, Texas
Museum Group Exhibitions:
1980 "American Women Artists," Museum of Contemporary Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1971 Midwest Biennial, Joslyn Museum, Omaha, NE
1971 Annual Mid-States Exhibition, Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN
1970-1971 Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
1970 Annual Exhibition, Springfield Museum, Springfield, MO
Selected Public and Corporate Collections:
The Vatican Collection, Rome, Italy; Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, Malmo, Sweden; Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; National Teacher Associates Insurance Co., Dallas, Texas; Waverly Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia; Spend Building, Tokyo, Japan; Nobles County Art Center, Worthington, MN; Lee County Alliance of the Arts Cultural Center, Fort Myers, Florida; Oak Ridge Art Museum, Oak Ridge, Tennessee; College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, New York; New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut.
Also in many private collections.
Who's Who in American Art, 2003-2004
Material submitted by the artist in March of 2006.
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