Judith Stone: Constructing Constructions

On View: September 9 - November 19, 2023

Chairmen’s Gallery, Main Level

Constructing Constructions brings together a selection of mixed media work created by artist Judith Stone which, though completed in recent years, reflects Stone’s decades of artistic practice and intellectual inquiry.

Throughout her career as an artist, Stone’s core interests –  in creation and destruction, in the built environment, and in the machinery humans use to manipulate that environment – have remained constant. But these interests have been supplemented and shaped by her experiences living and working across the United States and around the world, closely observing the physical environment of cities and towns including Tokyo, Jerusalem, Paris, and Boulder, to name just a few. Drawing on these observations, Stone’s eye and hand bring together varied, often divergent, subjects, inviting the viewer to reconsider and make connections between familiar environments and forms.

To express this complex vision, Stone combines a diverse range of materials. Her work demonstrates her commitment to drawing but also incorporates photography, found objects, and other nontraditional materials. Whether depicting the overlooked form of an earth mover or the grandeur of the Elgin Marbles, Stone’s deft hand brings an elegance to both the mundane and the spectacular. In focusing her attention and care on these extremes, she delves into the human impulse for both creation and destruction, and the unavoidable link between the two.

Judith Stone
b. Boston, Massachusetts
Lives and works in Arlington, VA

Judith Stone’s drawings and mixed media works on paper have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. They can be found  in public and private collections throughout the United States and Japan. She has been a resident fellow at MacDowell Colony and is included in Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in American Women.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Judith Stone grew up in Great Neck, Long Island, a short train ride from New York City, inheriting a passionate interest in the arts from her parents and taking weekly trips to Manhattan. She earned a BA from Vassar College in English and French Literature, an MAT from Harvard University’s School of Education, and an MFA in Drawing and Printmaking from University of Colorado at Boulder. Straddling academic departments, Stone lectured for 35 years in both American and British literature and art, design, and architectural history on university campuses in Denver, Philadelphia, Tokyo, and Burlington, Vermont.

While earning her MFA at UC Boulder, Stone structured and intensified a lifelong affinity for drawing that forms the core of her mixed work on paper. Stone’s work is greatly influenced by her extensive travels, including periods living in Paris and Tokyo, each for one-year periods. She has also traveled extensively throughout the United States and throughout the British Isles, Western and Eastern Europe, Japan, and Israel. Currently based in Arlington, VA, Judith Stone is represented by Galleria 360, Florence, Italy.

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