Judith Kruger, born 1955, is an American visual artist whose paintings, prints and mixed media works address Human-Environment connectivity and their shared vulnerabilities. She is recognized internationally for her advocacy of natural painting materials and historic, ecological processes.
Recent solo exhibitions include An Alchemic View, an intimate survey spanning 10 years of her alchemic work at Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut (2015), Touching Rain, featuring new environmental paintings at Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY (2015) Outside In, featuring large scale paintings and malachite ink prints at Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona (2014) and Judith Kruger Paintings at Morrison Gallery, Kent, Connecticut (2013). Group exhibitions include Agawami Museum Hall, Tokushima, Japan, Sato Museum, Tokyo, Japan, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, Gallery G, Hiroshima, Japan, Pallazo Dell'Annunziata, Matera, Italy, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL and The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA.
Judith's work is held in private, public and corporate collections some of which include Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY, Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, PA and Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong. In 2014 she was commissioned to create a mixed media soil painting for Phipps Conservatory’s new Center for Sustainable Landscapes, Pittsburgh, PA.
In 2008, Judith initiated the course Nihonga: Then and Now at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was awarded a grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs to teach her course Getting the Dirt on Paint in the Chicago Public School System. Her painting workshops and studio residencies, based on these courses, are currently garnering an international following. In 2011, Judith was awarded a Target Professional Development grant. She is a recent recipient of a Mass MoCA Assets for Artists matching grant (2016).
Additionally, between 1977 and 2007, Judith collaborated with artisans in over a dozen countries on applied art and design manufacturing projects. During this time, she travelled extensively throughout Japan, India and Thailand researching the historic, scientific and artistic applications of inorganic and organic pigments. She has served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Syracuse University Chicago Arts Council Board and Chicago’s Ravenswood ArtWalk Board. Her fundraising efforts, which mobilized the creativity of hundreds of artists and designers in the Chicago area, resulted in the donation of significant funds to UCLA AIDS Institute to further aids research.
Judith currently resides in Northwest, CT. Her studio is located in an old hosiery mill, 125 miles north of New York City, at the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains.