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JUDITH GODWIN

About the Artist

Judith Godwin was born in Suffolk, VA, in 1930 to a father who was interested in architecture and landscape gardening. His interests created an environment that inspired and encouraged Judith to pursue painting. She attended Mary Baldwin College in 1948 for two years. It was there that she met Martha Graham, who performed there in 1950. Godwin transferred to Richmond Professional Institute (RPI), now Virginia Commonwealth University, where she completed her degree in 1952. While there, she studied with Maurice Bond, Jewett Campbell, and Theresa Pollak. At the time, women were required to wear a skirt in the cafeteria; Godwin wore jeans after rushing from a studio class and was reported to the dean of the school, Margaret Johnson, who then met with her and changed the rule to allow women to wear jeans. While at RPI, she was in classes and close friends with Richard Carlyon.

She also attended the Art Students League of New York, where she studied with artists Will Barnet, Harry Sternberg, and Vaclav Vytlacil. During this time she also attended the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts, and met Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning and Marcel Duchamp. She lives in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, but as a native Virginian, remains a member of the Jamestowne Society. Her papers are held at the Archives of American Art.

Artist CV

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

 

1950 Mountcastle's, Suffolk, VA

1951 Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, Irene Leache Memorial, Norfolk, VA

1952 Abingdon Square Painters, New York City

1951–53 Group shows at the Valentine Museum and Linden Gallery, Richmond, VA

1953 Group show, Provincetown Art Association

1954 "An Environment of Expression", Theatre-Go-Round, Virginia Beach, VA

1954 Group show, Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, VA

1958 Stable Gallery Invitational Show, New York City

1958 Group Show, Betty Parsons, Section Eleven, New York City

1959 Group Show, Betty Parsons, Section Eleven, New York City

1959 Solo Show, Betty Parsons, Section Eleven, New York City

1959 Group Show, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY

1960 Solo Show, Betty Parsons, Section Eleven, New York City

1960 Group Show, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

1977 Solo Show, Ingber Gallery, New York City

1977–79 Group Shows, Ingber Gallery, New York City

1977–79 Danforth Museum, Danforth, MA

1977–79 University of Michigan, Marquette, MI

1977–79 Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

1977–79 Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC

1978 Solo Show, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA

1979 Solo Show, Ingber Gallery, New York City

1980 Provincetown Art Association and Museum, "Hans Hofmann as Teacher: Drawings by His Students"

1981 Solo Show, Ingber Gallery, New York City

1981 Solo Show, Womensbank, Richmond, VA

1982 Solo Show, Loonan Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

1983 Group Show, Marisa del Re Gallery, NY

1984 Solo Show, Northern Michigan University, Marquette

1985 Solo Show, Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Museum, Norwalk, CT

1986 Retrospective Solo Show, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

1987 Solo Show, Ingber Gallery, NY

1987 Group Show, Graham Gallery, NY and PMW Gallery, Stanford, CT

1988 Solo Show, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA

1989 Solo Show, Danville Museum, Danville, VA

1989 Solo Show, Virginia and Suffolk Museum, Virgini

1990 Group Show, Marisa del Re Gallery, NY

1991 Group Show, Marisa del Re Gallery, NY

1992 Solo Show, Marisa del Re Gallery, NY

1993-1994 Group Show, Marisa del Re Gallery, NY

1995-1996 Solo Show, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TX

1997 Group Show, Marisa del Re Gallery, NY

1997 Solo Show, Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA

2000 Solo Show, Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA

2001 Solo Show, Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

2002 Solo Show, Delaware Center for the Arts, Wilmington DE

2003 Holtzman Art Gallery, Towson University

2004 National Academy of Design's Annual Invitational Exhibition, NY, NY

2005 Group Show, "Betty Parsons and the Women", Anita Shapolsky Gallery, NY, NY

2008 Solo Show, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX

2009 Tobin Theatre Arts Gallery

2010 Spanierman Gallery

2011 Spanierman Gallery

2012 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Anderson Gallery of Virginia Commonwealth University

2013 Group Show, "Ab-Ex/Re-Con", Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY

2016 Group Show, "Women of Abstract Expressionism", Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

2016 Group Show, "Women of Abstract Expressionism", Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

2017 Group Show, "Women of Abstract Expressionism", Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

COLLECTIONS

 

 

Museum of Modern Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Chicago Art Institute

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Yale University Art Gallery

Milwaukee Art Center

National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, South Wales

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

North Carolina Museum of Art

Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey

Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TX

Greenville County Museum, Greenville, South Carolina

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Gannett Center, Columbia University, NY

Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Mount Holyoke, MA

Sheldon Memorial Art gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Ulrich Museum, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC

Vassar College Museum, Poughkeepsie, NY

Smith College Museum of Art, Southampton, MA