Ledgerwood, Judy

Respected Chicago painter Judy Ledgerwood generously shares her formalist, feminist convictions in this webinar, explaining her efforts to shock the phallocentric art world by painting with pink.

“I’m really interested in instability. I’m interested in instability formally—because I think it’s more exciting, because the paintings aren’t as static—but I’m also interested in instability because it seems like a more appropriate form for what’s going on in the world right now.”

Judy Ledgerwood is a painter, as well as the Alice Welsh Skilling Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University. Born in the small town of Brazil, Indiana, Ledgerwood was brought up by public school teacher parents who placed an emphasis on creativity. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1982 and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1984. Ledgerwood is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; 1201PE, Los Angeles; Concept Art Gallery, Pittsburgh; Tracy Williams Ltd., New York; and Häusler Contemporary, Munich and Zurich. Her works belongs to the collections of such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles; and the Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee. Ledgerwood has been exhibiting in group shows since at least 1987, and in solo shows since at least 1989, including at such locations as Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston; the Graham Foundation, Chicago; the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago; Feigen Contemporary, New York; The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago; Richard Green Gallery, Santa Monica; and Scott Hanson Gallery, New York. Ledgerwood is married to successful artist and University of Illinois at Chicago professor Tony Tasset.