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Judith Godwin

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Since the early 1950s, Judith Godwin has been using gesture and color to relate her life experiences in her Abstract Expressionist canvases.  Her works have been informed through the dance and choreography of Martha Graham, jazz, nature, and Zen philosophy.

Godwin was born in Suffolk, Virginia in the 1930s.  After graduating from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia, Godwin moved to New York and enrolled at the Art Students League in 1953.  At the Art Students League she was taught by Will Barnet, Harry Sternberg, and Vaclav Vytlacil.  She soon began studying under Hans Hofmann, who introduced her to Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and James Brooks, the two latter forming close friendships with Godwin.

By the 1958, Godwin was exhibiting at the respected Stable Gallery Invitational and soon was represented by Betty Parsons Gallery.

Judith Godwin has had many important solo exhibitions recently including McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas (2008), Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia (2011), and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia (2012 - 13).

Judith Godwin’s work is represented in many important collections including Art Institute of Chicago; Greenville County Museum, South Carolina; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut.

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Born Suffolk, Virginia
1948-50, attended Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia
1952, received BFA, College of William and Mary, Richmond, Virginia
1953, attended the Art Students League, New York; studied there with Will Barnet, Harry Sternberg, and Vaclav Vytacil
1953, attended the Hans Hofmann School in New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts
1989, awarded Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
2003, awarded Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia
2005, awarded Professional Achievement Alumni Award, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Mountcastle, Suffolk, Virginia, 1950.
Theatre-Go-Round, Virginia Beach, Virginia, An Environment of Expression, 1954.
Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, 1959.
Betty Parson Section Eleven, New York, 1960.
Ingber Gallery, New York, 1976.
Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia, 1978.
Ingber Gallery, New York, 1979.
Ingber Gallery, New York, 1981.
Womensbank, Richmond, Virginia, 1981.
Ingber Gallery, New York, 1982.
Loonan Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York, 1982.
Phoenix II Gallery, Washington D.C., 1983.
Ingber Gallery, New York, 1984.
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, 1984.
Mukai Gallery, Tokyo, 1985.
Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Museum, Norwalk, Connecticut, 1985.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, 1986.
Ingber Gallery, New York, 1987.
Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, 1988.
Danville Museum of Fine Art, Virginia, 1989.
Suffolk Museum, Virginia, 1989.
Marisa Del Re Gallery, New York, Judith Godwin: Paintings—1953-1992, 1992.
Amarillo Museum of Art, Texas, 1995.
Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, Judith Godwin: Style and Grace, 1997.
Albany Museum of Art, Georgia, Judith Godwin: Style and Grace, 2000.
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Judith Godwin, Color and Movement, 2001.
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, Judith Godwin: Paintings, 2002.
Holtzman Gallery, Towson University, Maryland, Judith Godwin: Paintings, 2003.
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas, Judith Godwin: Early Abstractions, 2008.
Spanierman Modern, New York, Judith Godwin: Paintings 1954-2002, 2010.
Telfair Museum, Jepson Center, Savannah, Georgia, Judith Godwin: Early Abstractions, 2011.
Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Judith Godwin: Early Abstractions, 2012.
Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Judith Godwin and Abstract Expressionism, 2012.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Norfolk Museum of Art and Sciences, Virginia, 1951.
Valentine Museum and the Linden Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, 1951-53.
Abington Square Painters, New York, 1952.
Provincetown Art Association, Massachusetts, 1953.
Chase Manhattan Collection, Hong Kong, 1954.
Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, 1954.
Stable Gallery, New York, Invitational Show, 1958.
Betty Parsons Section Eleven, New York, Inaugural Show, 1958.
St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, 1959.
University of Colorado, Boulder, 1960.
Ingber Gallery, New York, 1977-79.
Danforth Museum, Framingham, Massachusetts, 1977-79.
University of Michigan, Marquette, 1977-79.
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, 1977-79.
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1977-79.
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1977-79.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Massachusetts, Hans Hoffman as Teacher: Drawings by his Students, 1980.
Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York, 1981.
Ingber Gallery, New York, 1981.
Marisa Del Re Gallery, New York, Found Objects, 1981.
Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, 1982.
Ingber Gallery, New York, 1982.
Marisa Del Re Gallery, New York, 1983.
American Federation of the Arts, Hans Hoffman as Teacher, 1983.
Ingber Gallery, New York, The Return of Abstraction, 1984.
Randolph Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, Virginia, 1984.
Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, 1985.
Ingber Gallery, New York, Survival of the Fittest, 1985.
Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia, 1985.
Graham Gallery, New York, 1987.
PMW Gallery, Stamford, Connecticut, 1987.
Marisa Del Re Gallery, New York, 1990.
Binatural Museum, Japan, 1990-91.
Daimaru Museum, Osaka, Japan, 1990-91.
Hiroshima Museum of Art, Japan, 1990-91.
Museum of Modern Art, Kanagawa, Japan, 1990-91.
Matsuzakaya Museum, Nagoya-Shi, Japan, 1990-91.
National Museum of Woman in the Arts, Washington D.C., 1990-91.
Marisa Del Re Gallery, New York, 1991.
Marisa Del Re Gallery, New York, 1993-94.
Marisa Del Re Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, 1996.
Marisa Del Re Gallery, New York, 1996.
Marisa Del Re Gallery, New York, 1997.
National Academy of Design, New York, Annual Invitational Exhibition, 2004.
Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, Betty Parsons and the Women, 2005.
Opalka Gallery, Albany, New York, The Sage Colleges, 2005.
Old Dominion University Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia, The Persistence of Memory, 2006.
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas, Recent Acquisitions: Modern And Contemporary Art, 2009.
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas, Neither Model nor Muse: Women as Artists, 2010.
Nassau Count Museum of Art, Roslyn, New York, Ab-EX/Re-Con, 2013.
Berry Campbell, New York, Masters of Expressionism in Postwar America, 2014.
Denver Art Museum, Colorado (traveling to Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina and Palm Springs Museum of Art, California), Women of Abstract Expressionism, 2016-17.



SELECTED PUBLIC & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Amarillo Museum of Art, Texas
Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
Art Institute of Chicago
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
Gannett Center, Columbia University, New York
General Electric Company, New York
Greenville County Museum, South Carolina
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
The Hyde Collection, Glenn Falls, New York
JPMorgan Chase, New York
Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Massachusetts
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, South Wales, United Kingdom
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.
Newark Museum, New Jersey
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Smith College Museum of Art, Southampton, Massachusetts
Sovran Bank, Richmond, Virginia
Suffolk Museum of Art, Virginia
Ulrich Museum, Wichita State University, Kansas
United States Navy Y.M.C.A., Norfolk, Virginia
United Virginia Bank, Richmond, Virginia
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City
Vassar College Museum, Poughkeepsie, New York
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut