On the occasion of her special exhibition, “Judy Ledgerwood: Chromatic Patterns for the Art Institute of Chicago,” Ledgerwood reflects on her work as an artist.
About the Artist:
Color and pattern are fundamental instruments in the work of Chicago-based artist Judy Ledgerwood (American, born 1959)—attributes she has been dynamically refining in her oversized canvases, installations, and ceramics since the 1980s. For over 30 years, her work has been distinguished by a visual vocabulary comprising intentionally decorative motifs that, at times, extend well beyond the edge of the canvas, taking over entire walls or rooms. Ledgerwood derives the circles, quatrefoils, and seedlike forms that often populate her work from symbolic shapes associated with Paleolithic and Neolithic goddess cultures throughout Europe, though they also recall patterns used in fashion, design, and the decorative arts.
Judy Ledgerwood received a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has held numerous solo exhibitions, most recently at the Graham Foundation and the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago; Tracy Williams Ltd, New York; Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston; Hausler Contemporary, Austria; and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, among many others. She is the recipient of several awards including the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award, an Artadia Award, a Tiffany Award in the Visual Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, and an Illinois Art Council Award. Ledgerwood’s work is included in prominent public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Milwaukee Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland, among others. In 2015, Ledgerwood was commissioned by the Embassy of the United States in Vientiane, Laos, to create a monumental site-specific painting, and she is the first Chicago-based artist to create an installation for the Art Institute’s Bluhm Family Terrace. Ledgerwood is the Alice Welsh Skilling Professor of Art at Northwestern University.
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