Project Description

Judith Kruger

Judith Kruger collects and manipulates abstract visual information and matter from the environment. Through this process she explores ideas of space and place; the freedom derived from unknown territory in combination with the attachment to a physical location of personal importance. That tension as well as the tension between other opposing pairs is a consistent part of the dialogue of Kruger’s work, including simplicity and complexity; pristine and decay; common and exotic; intention and chance; stillness and motion; and permanence and transience. These opposing interactions inform the work conceptually and technically.

Kruger utilizes Eastern and Western processes and media. Since 2001, she has immersed herself in the unique study of Nihonga, a Japanese mineral pigment painting process. Nihonga painting utilizes pigments derived from natural ingredients, minerals, shells, corals, and even semi-precious stones and then combined with a hide glue solution. This method allows for a great deal of layering, employing collage- and decollage-like painting techniques with mineral pigments, gold and silver leaf, wax, and sumi ink. The use of layering, not only emphasizes the surface finish and contrast of the materials, but also the conceptual implications of that contrast and blending of material.

Kruger’s work is included in numerous public collections, including Phipps Conservatory Center; HCI Equity; The Amsterdam; Pepper Hamilton LLC; Jefferson Hospital’s Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine; Savannah College of Art and Design; Savannah College of Art and Design satellite in Hong Kong, China; Susan Fredman Design Group; Kiya Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; and IAM in Tokyo, Japan, as well as private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, Germany, Cyprus, Israel, Japan, Thailand, India, and China.

EDUCATION
2016 Mass MoCA, Assets for Artists Matching Grant
2011 MFA Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
2001-08 Extensive pigment research and travel throughout Japan, Southeast Asia, and Europe, including private study with Makoto Fujimura, Hiroshi Yamamoto, and Makoto Hashimoto.
1998-99 Ceramics including neriage and nerikomi with Tony Holmes, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL
1995 Arts of India Research, Pradumna Tana, Leah bowman, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1975-76 Illustration, Textile Design, Painting, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, England

GRANT/SCHOLARSHIPS/HONORS
2016 SEEDS Arts and Education, Scholar in Residence, Laguna Beach, CA
2014 SEEDS Arts and Education, Scholar in Residence, Laguna Beach, CA
2011 Hajime Kondo Nihonga Materials Recipient from Harry Lynn, Seattle, WA
2011 Painting Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design
2011 Target Professional Development Grant, Savannah College of Art and Design
2011 CAA Conference Travel Grant, Office of Graduate Studies, Savanna College of Art and Design
2011 Art Basel-Miami Grant, School of Fine Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design
2010 Josh Yu Chinese Painting Scholarship Award, Savannah College of Art and Design
2009-11 Combined Academic/Portfolio Honors Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design
2008 NAP Grant, Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL
1976 Most Outstanding Student Award-Illustration, Syracuse University

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts Mueum, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
2015 Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
2015 Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY
2014 Outside In, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2013 Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT
2011 Fahm Gallery, Savannah, GA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017-19 Black Box traveling exhibition, Saarbrucken, Germany, Viesalm, Belgium, Metz, France, Luxemburg, curated by boeckercontemporary, Heidelberg, Germany
2017 Art on Paper, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2017 First Look I New to the Collection, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
2017 People, Places, Things, Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY
2016 Connections, Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY
2015 AIMPE (Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition) Yoshinogawa City, Tokushima, Japan
2015 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Bentley Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
2015 Juried Members Exhibition, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, Curator: Sharon Butler
2014 Washi: Printmaking with Paper of Fukui, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA
2014 Beta, Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes, Pittsburgh, PA
2014 Winter Group Show, Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT
2014 Mentees, Smoyer Gallery, Roanoke College, Roanoke, VA
2013 Summer Abstract Painting- 4 Person Show, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
2013 Arte Internzaionale, Pallazo Dell’Annunziata Matera, Italy, Curator: Pino Nicoletti (catalogue)
2011 An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, Curator: Regine Basha, (catalogue)
2010 Michael David, Rachel Darnell, Judith Kruger New Works, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2010 Bridge, Contemporary Chinese painting exhibition, Alexander Hall Gallery, Savannah,GA
2010 Savannah Biennale, Highpoint, NC
2009 Small Works Exhibition, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA
2009 Art Chicago, Perimeter Gallery
2009 Ancient Modernity: New Culture, Akemi Cohn and Judith Kruger, TAC, Highland Park, IL
2008  Beyond Boundaries 2; Beneath the Surface, Frontier Gallery Hane, Tokyo, Japan
2008   Tradition and Transformation, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008   Insights Into a Culture, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
2008 Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art, The Peter Jones Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007  Beyond Boundaries: The Works of Fumie Ando, Judith Kruger, Miki Oikawa, Tokyo, Japan
2007  0x0=0, curated by Kasumi Kitada including Makoto Fujimura, Hiroshi Senju, Robert Kushner, Pamela Moore, and others, Gallery G, Hiroshima, Japan
2007 Represented Artists, Ogilvie Pertl Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 Artists invite Artists, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004 Nihonga, Permanent installation, Kiya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2004  National Arts Foundation, Skokie, IL
2003 Considering Peace, Sato Museum, Tokyo, Japan, Curator: Makoto Fujimura supporting UNESCO (catalogue)

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes, Pittsburgh, PA
HCI Equity, Washington DC
The Amsterdam, Port Washington, NY
Pepper Hamilton, LLC, Harrisburg, PA
Jefferson Hospital, Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Savannah College of Art and Design Permanent Collection, Savannah, GA
Savannah College of Art and Design Permanent Collection, Hong Kong
Susan Fredman Design Group, Chicago, IL
Kiya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
IAM, Tokyo, Japan
Numerous private collections

SELECTED NON-PROFIT WORKS
2013-present Artist to Artist, Artist Mentoring – Coaching
2009-12 Ravenswood Artwalk, Honorary Board, Chicago, IL
2008-09 Ravenswood Artwalk Board, Fundraising Chair, Chicago, IL
2009 Syracuse University, Chicago Arts Council Board
2002-06 Dean’s Advisory Board Member, Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse, NY
2003-04 Juror, 2D Media, Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL
2002-04 Co-innovated and produced Cirque: a multi-sensory happening raising more than 1/4 million dollars to fund AIDS research (UCLA Aids Institute). Mobilized and managed the collective creativity and energy of a group of nearly 100 artists, architects, designers and vendors to impact the global AIDS pandemic, Chicago, IL

TEACHING AND VISITING ARTIST EXPERIENCE
2018 Visiting Artist, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
2018 Visiting Instructor, Penland School of Crafts, Spruce Pine, NC
2018 Visiting Instructor, Pacific Northwest Art School, Coupeville, WA
2017 Teaching Artist in Residence, 2 Master Abstraction Workshop Residencies, Studios at MassMoCA, North Adams, MA
2017 Visiting Instructor, Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, Metchosin, BC
2017 Scholar-in Residence, Seeds, Anneliese School, Laguna Beach, CA
2016 Visiting Scholar, Anneliese School-Willowbrook Campus, Laguna Beach, CA
2016 Visiting Faculty, Pacific Northwest Art School, Coupeville, WA
2015 Lecturer, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
2008-16 Instructor, Nihonga, Ecological Painting throughout USA
2015 Presenter, Association of Environmental Studies and Science Conference, University of California, San Diego, CA
2015 Lecturer, Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY
2014 Lecturer, Japan Society of Fairfield County, CT
2010-14 Principal-Instructor, Judith Kruger Studio International Painting Residency
2011 Presenter, SECAC, The Gofun Project: US-Japan Oyster Shell Pigment Exchange
2011 Teaching Assistant to Jason Hoelscher, Water-based Media, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
2010 Panelist, ART, Performing Arts Dept, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
2010 Teaching Assistant to Sandra Reed, Introduction to Oil Exploration, Savannah College of Art and Design
2008  Adjunct Faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2008 Lecturer, Midwest Sumi-e Society, Judith Kruger Studio, Chicago, IL
2008 “Getting the Dirt on Paint”, Visiting Artist, Coonley Elementary School, Chicago, IL
2008 Presenter, IAM Encounter Conference, New York, NY
2008 Lecturer, Beyond Boundaries, Frontier Gallery Hane, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Visiting Artist, Chicago Arts Council, Conger/Kruger Studio Visits, Chicago, IL
2007 Lecturer, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007 Panelist, Art symposium, 0x0=0 exhibitiongallery G, Hiroshima, Japan
2007 Lecturer, Beyond Boundaries 2, Frontier Gallery Hane, Tokyo, Japan
2004 Visiting Artist, 5th Year Interactive Design, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
2002-03 Visiting Artist, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL

PUBLICATIONS
US Editor, Nihonga 100, initiated by Eve Loh, Singapore, July 2011, http://nihonga100.wordpress.com/

REVIEWS/ARTICLES/CATALOGS
2016 Stone Canoe, Issue #10
2016 Point and Line Blog, Artist Feature
2015 Cynthia Rozney, An Alchemic View, Mattatuck Museum solo exhibition essay
2015 Carolyn Edlund, Artsy Shark, The Healing Power of Art
2014 Deborah Ross, Visual Art Source, Judith Kruger at Bentley Gallery
2013 The Country and Abroad, April/May Issue
2013 Sherry Saunders, The Art Founder’s Project, Judith Kruger Interview
2013 Tonia Shoumatoff, The Millbrook Independent Arts Page Review
2013 ARTnews, April 2013 issue, Judith Kruger Paintings at Morrison Gallery (ad)
2013 Rino Cardone, Arte Internazionale, Pallazo Dell’Annunziata, Matera, Italy
2011 Allison Hersh, Savannah Morning News, Art and Soul: Material Girl
2011 An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, catalogue, A Curatorial Project by Regine Basha
2010 Studio Visit magazine, Volume 14 juried artist
2009 Judy Bean, Savannah Art Examiner
2009 Shaila Wunderlich, Chicago Tribune, Judith Kruger’s Nihonga paintings: inspiration for Klay
2008 Elle Décor, November Issue, Susan Fredman Design Group artist feature
2008 Time Out Chicago, October-November issue
2008 Casandra Tondro, Organic Matters, Judith Kruger, artist feature

RELATED PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
2013 Artists to Market, Business Management for Select Artists/Artisans, Litchfield, CT
2009-2012 Ravenswood ArtWalk, Advisory Board Member, Chicago, IL
2009 Syracuse University, Chicago Arts Council Board Member
2009 Juror Awards Presenter: Women’s Works, Northwest Area Arts Council, Woodstock, IL
2008-2009 Ravenswood ArtWalk Board Member, Fundraising Chair, Chicago, IL
2008 Judge, IIEE 2008 Young Entrepreneurs Conference, Lincolnshire, IL
2002-2006 Dean’s Advisory Board Member, Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse, NY
2003-2004 Juror, 2D Media: Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL
2002-2004 Co-innovated and produced Cirque: a multi-sensory happening raising more than 1/4 million dollars to fund AIDS research (UCLA Aids Institute). Mobilized and managed the collective creativity and energy of a group of nearly 100 artists, architects, designers, and vendors to impact the global AIDS pandemic, Chicago, IL
1977-2007 Previous Product Design Resume available upon request.  Ju

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
College Art Association
Japan America Society of Georgia
Nikawa Bunka Kenkyu-kai (Nikawa Research LabTokyo), USA invited member (2011)
National Women’s Caucus for Art
Women’s Caucus for Art (GA)

Visual Art Source – Judith Kruger at Bentley Gallery
Nihonga refers to a traditional method of Japanese painting through the use of mineral pigments. This process has guided Judith Kruger’s work for more than a decade. Bentley Gallery proudly unveils Outside In, the artist’s first solo exhibition in Phoenix. 

The Art Founders Project – Artist Interview: Judith Kruger
American abstract painter Judith Kruger emphasizes a human-environment connection in her work. In an interview with Sherry Saunders, Kruger recounts her introduction to the process of Nihonga, a traditional Japanese style of mineral painting she was introduced to while in Kyoto. Kruger also discusses her re-contextualization of this process in the contemporary art world. 

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