Judy Pfaff is a prolific sculptor, installation artist, painter, and printmaker, and she has explored photography, photogravure, etchings, and collographs. Her work dissolves the boundaries between two and three-dimensional media, painting, sculpture, installation and architecture.
Judy Pfaff was born in London in 1946 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University, St. Louis, and an Master of Fine Arts from Yale University studying with artist Al Held. She had her first solo show at the Razor Gallery in New York in 1973, and has since exhibited extensively in the Unites States. Her works are dynamic, large-scale, site-specific environments. Her creations are ephemeral, airy, organic, and fused with a feminine sensibility. She mixes found objects and her own original forms in architectural space, and also produces a multitude of two-dimensional mixed-media work incorporating abstract colors and patterns.
Since 1994, she has been a professor of art at Bard College. She has mounted more than 100 solo exhibitions and installations and participated in more than 200 group exhibitions. Her work appears in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Detroit Institute of Art. She has won a Guggenheim fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship. She also creates limited edition fine art prints through Tandem Press, a self-supporting printmaking studio affiliated with the Department of Art of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Yale University School of Art and Design, New Haven, CT, USA (1973)
Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA (1971)
Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York, NY, USA
Fellowship, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL, USA
Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC, USA