Project Description

Judith Kruger

b. 1955, Pittsburgh, PA

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
2011
Master of Fine Arts – Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
1973-1977
BFA Illustration, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
 
SPECIALIZED EDUCATION
2002-2008
Extensive research, home stays, visits with Nihonga painters, mineral pigment specialists and conservators in Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe
2001-2007
Private study, Nihonga painting, Makoto Fujimura, New York, NY
2003-2004
Private study, Nihonga painting, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Toronto, Canada
1999-2002
College of Lake County, Ceramics, ceramics engineering, Grayslake, IL
1995
Five week Decorative arts study of India with Pradumna Tana, Leah Bowman School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1975-1976
Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London, England
 
AWARDS, GRANTS, AND HONORS
2016
Assets for Artists Matching Grant, Mass MoCA
2014
Scholar in Residence, SEEDS Arts and Education, Laguna Beach, CA
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 Museum, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
2015
Judith Kruger, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
2015
Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY
2014
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 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 Paintings- 4 Person Show, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
2013
Arte Internazionale, Pallazo Dell’Annunziata Matera, Italy, Curated by Pino Nicoletti (catalogue)
2011
An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA Curator: Regine Basha, (catalogue)
2011
Space Bound, Mr. Beast Gallery, Savannah, GA
2010
Michael David, Rachel Darnell, Judith Kruger New Works, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2010
Ten Over The Moon, Moon River Gallery, Savannah, GA
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, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL
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
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
Group Exhibition, Ogilvie Pertl Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006
Artists invite Artists, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004
Permanent installation, Kiya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2004
National Arts Foundation, Skokie, IL
2003
Considering Peace, Sato Museum, Tokyo, Japan
 
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
Awagami Museum Hall of AWA, Tokushima, Japan
Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
 
PUBLICATIONS
2016
Stone Canoe, Issue #10
2016
Point and Line Blog, Artist Feature
2015
Rozney, Cynthia. An Alchemic View, Mattatuck Museum solo exhibition essay
2015
Edlund, Carolyn. The Healing Power of Art, Artsy Shark
2014
Judith Kruger at Bentley Gallery, Visual Art Source
2013
The Country and Abroad, April/May Issue
2013
Saunders, Sherry. Judith Kruger Interview, The Art Founder’s Project
2013
Shoumatoff, Tonia. The Millbrook Independent Arts Page Review
2013
ARTnews, Judith Kruger Paintings at Morrison Gallery (ad), April 2013 issue
2013
Cardone, Rino. Pallazo Dell’Annunziata, Arte Internazionale, Matera, Italy
2011
Hersh, Allison. Art and Soul: Material Girl, Savannah Morning News
2011
An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, catalogue, A Curatorial Project by Regine Basha
2011
Nihonga 100, US Editor, initiated by Eve Loh, Singapore, July 2011, http://nihonga100.wordpress.com/
2010
Studio Visit magazine, Volume 14 juried artist
2009
Bean, Judy. Savannah Art Examiner
2009
Susan Fredman Design Group Designer Diaries, Tales from the Interior
2009
Wunderlich, Shaila. Judith Kruger’s Nihonga paintings: inspiration for Klay, Chicago Tribune
2008
Elle Décor, October issue
2008
Time Out Chicago, October-November issue Tondro, Casandra. Judith Kruger, artist feature, Organic Matters
2007
0x0=0 Hiroshima, New York, gallery G, Curator: Kitsumi Kitada (catalogue)
2003
HFN, Licensing Art and Design issue
2002
Judith Kruger for Crate and Barrel, The Star Tribune, Minneapolis, January
1996
HFN, February 12, issue
1996
Bloomberg Radio interview: Judith Kruger feature
1995
China, Glass and Tableware, May issue
1994
Design Sources of Inspirations, HFN, April issue
1994
Warner Rotzoll, Brenda. Art That’s Smart, Kruger Takes, Chicago Sun Times
1993
Hall Lawrence, Beverly. Sunday Style, The Baltimore Sun
1993
The Licensing Book, December issue
1993
Boyle Schwartz, Donna. HFD, December 20, 1993
1993
China, Glass and Tableware, November issue
1993
LDB, Interior Textiles, November issue
1993
Jackson, MS Advocate, November 10
1993
Greensburg, PA Tribune-Review, October 24
1993
M Friedman, Shirley. The Star-Ledger, September 9
 
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)
 
LECTURES, PUBLIC SPEAKING, AND PROFESSIONAL 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
2008-2016
Instructor, Nihonga, Ecological Painting throughout USA
2016
Visiting Faculty, Pacific Northwest Art School, Coupeville, WA
2016
Scholar-in Residence, Seeds, Anneliese School, Laguna Beach, CA
2015
Lecturer, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
2015
Presenter, Association of Environmental Studies and Science Conference, University of California, San Diego, CA
2015
Lecturer, Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY
2010-2014
Instructor, Judith Kruger Studio Summer International Painting Residency
2013
Ravenswood ArtWalk, Advisory Board Member, Chicago, IL
2011
Presenter, The Gofun Project, SECAC, Savannah, GA
2011
Teaching Assistant to Jason Hoelscher, Water-Based Media, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
2010
Panelist, ART, Performing Arts Department, Savannah College of Art, Savannah, GA
2010
Teaching Assistant to Sandra Reed, Oil-Based Media, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
2009-2010
Ravenswood Artwalk, Honorary Board, Chicago, IL
2009
Judge/Awards Presenter: Women’s Works, Northwest Area Arts Council, Woodstock, IL
2008-2009
Syracuse University, Chicago Arts Council Board Member
2007-2009
Asian Art Council member, Art Institute of Chicago
2008
Adjunct Faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2008
Lecturer, Midwest Sumi-e Society, Judith Kruger Studio, Chicago, IL
2008
Presenter, IAM Encounter Conference, New York, NY
2008
Lecturer, Beyond Boundaries, Frontier Gallery Hane, Tokyo, Japan
2008
Freelance Product Design Consultant, Dinex International, Glastonbury, Ct
2008
Judge, IIEE 2008 Young Entrepreneurs Conference, Lincolnshire, IL
2007
Lecturer, Chicago Arts Council, Conger/Kruger Studio Visits, Chicago, IL
2007
Lecturer, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007
Panelist, Art Symposium, 0x0=0, gallery G, Hiroshima, Japan
2007
Lecturer, Beyond Boundaries 2, Frontier Gallery Hane, Tokyo, Japan
2003-2007
Licensed Designer, Carlisle Home Products, Oklahoma City, OK Concept, research, product development, vendor selecting-hiring-managing-sourcing and branding of Judith Kruger Studio signature tableware and textile collections, Japan, Thailand, India
2002-2006
Dean’s Advisory Board Member, Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse, NY
1985-2006
Principal, Colorworks Design, Ltd., Highland Park, IL Licensing-product development, global sourcing of Judith Kruger designed product. Selected Clients: Crate & Barrel, Marshall Field’s, Neiman Marcus, Spiegel, J.C. Penny,Dansk, Paradise Shops, Paris Presents, Grainware, Carlisle Foodservice Products, Euoceramica, Mikasa, NFL, Philippe Deshoulières, Block China, Sadek, Mottahedeh,Wilton-Armetale, Silvestri, Fieldcrest Canon, Domestications, Martex, MGM Grande, C R Gibson, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera Guild, MGM Grand, Marriott Hotels, Ravinia Festival, United Airlines
2004
Visiting Artist, 5th Year Interactive Design, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
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
2003
Juror, 2D media: Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL
2002-2003
Visiting Artist, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL
1995-1996
Freelance Monthly Design Columnist, Home Section, Daily Herald, Chicago, IL
1983-1985
Principal, Kruger Design Associates, Boca Raton, FL Design, licensing-product development, Selected Clients: Burdines, South Florida Symphony, Miami University, Yoga College of India, General Houseware’s Corp, Toscany, Fitz and Floyd, Sigma, Stotter, George Briard, Copco, Contempo
1981-1983
Creative Director, TA Creations, NYC, Design, art direction and sourcing of stationery, giftware products
1979-1982
Freelance Illustrator/designer, New York, NY Selected Clients: ABC TV, WKRC TV, Scholastic Books, New York Times, Parent’s Magazine, Diabetes Forecast Magazine, Grey Advertising, Bloomingdales, Barney’s, Milton Bradley
1980-1981
Art Director, SSC&B Lintas Worldwide, NYC, Cover Girl, Noxell, Martini and Rossi
1977-1979
Art Director, WKRC TV, Cincinnati, OH, illustration, design for on-air newsroom graphics
1977-1978
Illustrator/Designer, Cato Johnson-Young & Rubicam, Cincinnati, OH

Visual Art Source –  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
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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