Judith Stewart completed extensive training in painting and sculpture after receiving her BFA from Syracuse University and her MFA from the University of Illinois. While teaching painting at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Stewart earned a grant to study in Italy, where she began using sculptures from antiquity as subject matter for her paintings. Her preoccupation with observing three-dimensional form affirmed Stewart’s true interest in sculpture. After moving to Arizona in 1991, Stewart began working predominantly in wax for cast bronzes, and most recently has begun exploring the qualities of clay. Stewart appears to follow a very deliberate process to decide when to use detailed likeness and where to let features fall away, yet she describes her intense collaboration with the material in these comments about clay: “It is uniquely responsive while being handled, offering up wonderful happenings which are impossible to plan or anticipate. It seems a generous partner in art making.”
There is in art no image more evocative than the human form. It is rich in associative powers in both personal and universal ways. When the art is sculpture, there is an added confrontation with substance and the claiming of space. When the sculpture is about the human form, there begins a probing into the essentials of life-likeness and the degree to which the artist wishes it to be there, or not there. No matter, however, whether it is a lump of mud or welded angle iron, or the deliberate forming of stone or bronze, we never fail to recognize our very selves, in another guise. For me it is this sense of life and gender, the fundamental human presence that I wish to convey in my sculpture.
Selected Solo and Two-Person Shows
2014-2015 “Early Paintings and Recent Sculpture,” Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2012 “The Grace of Form,” Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2009 “Then and Now,” Judith Stewart Sculpture, Lee Chesney Paintings, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2004 Judith Stewart New Sculpture, Jan Olsson Paintings, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2003 “Life, Death and In-Between,” William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO
1998 “Allegories: Judith Stewart,” Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
1996 “Sculpture and Painting: Stewart and McGrew,” Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
1993 “Judith Stewart: Painting and Sculpture,” Ellen Noel Art Museum, formerly Art Institute of the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX
1991 “And Other Such Realities: Judith Stewart,” Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL
1986 “Two in Italy: Stewart and Heuler,” Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL
1984 “Recent Work: Judith Stewart,” Anna Lamar Switzer Center for the Arts, Pensacola, FL
Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 “Vernissage 2015,” Sculpturesite Gallery, Glen Ellen, CA
2015 “Small Things Considered,” Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2014-2015 “3 Women, Figuratively Speaking,” Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2014 5th Annual Tucson Sculpture Festival, Sculpture Resource Center, Tucson, AZ
2013 “BODYworks,” a new leaf gallery | sculpturesite, Sonoma, CA
2013 “Beyond Blue,” 25th Public Art Exhibition, Denver Arts and Venues, Denver, CO
2013 “INK & CLAY,” Kellogg Art Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona University, Pomona, CA
2013 “Twenty l A Group Exhibition,” William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO
2013 “Unsettled Bodies,” Phoenix Center for the Arts, Phoenix, AZ
2013 4th Annual Tucson Sculpture Festival, Sculpture Resource Center, Tucson, AZ
2012 “P.O.V. : Interpreting the Human Figure,” Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, Tucson Community College, Tucson, AZ
2012 4th Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Jewish Community Center, Tucson, AZ
2010 “Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres,” Raices Taller 222 Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2006 Salon d’ Arts, Denver Museum of History, Denver, CO
2002 “Contemporary Realism,” Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
2001 30th Sculpture Invitational, Shidoni Bronze Gallery, Tesuque, NM
1997 “Alternative Constructions : Sculpture Invitational,” Select Gallery, Sedona, AZ
1995 Figurative Works Invitational, Delores Chase Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
1994 Gates of Heaven Invitational, Lumina Fine Arts Gallery, Taos, NM
1994 “The Figure,” Shidoni Contemporary Gallery, Tesuque, NM
1992 Figurative Artists, Davis Gallery, Tucson, AZ
1991 “Drawing in Florida: A Balanced Perspective,” The Art Center, St. Petersburg, FL
1991 6th Annual National Competition, The Fine Arts Museum, Tallahassee, FL
1987 Northwest Florida Artists, Lemoyne Arts Center, Tallahassee, FL
1986 National Landscape Invitational, Fine Arts Museum, Appalachian State University, NC
1985 Twenty West Florida Artists, State Capitol Building, Tallahassee, FL
1984 New Work, Pensacola Community College, Pensacola, FL
1984 Five Northwest Florida Artists, The Artist’s Alliance, Tampa, FL
1982 5th Annual Paper in Particular, Columbia College, Columbia, MO
1981 The Piedmont Biennial, The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Public and Corporate Collections
Krannert Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Arts Council of NW Florida, Pensacola, FL
Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, Pensacola, FL
Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, FL
Streich Lang Corporate Collection, Tucson, AZ
NCH Corporate Collection, Tucson, AZ
First Western Trust Bank Corporate Collection, Denver, CO
Public Art Commissions
2006 Memorial Plaza Sculpture Monument, Tucson Police Department, Tucson, AZ
2006 School House and Prairie Dogs, Green Valley School and Recreation Center, Denver, CO
2003 Fire Fighters Memorial Wall and Children’s Sculpture Park, Fire Station # 201, City of Mesa, AZ
2000 Baptismal Font, Catalina Catholic Church, Catalina, AZ
2000-2003 Sentinel Plaza Gateway Park, AZ Department of Transportation, Tucson, AZ
1999-2000 Seeds of Knowledge, Cholla, Poppy Seed, Gall and Mescal Bean, Golf Links Public Library Plaza, Tucson, AZ
2012 "Bodies on Display," by Margaret Regan, Tucson Weekly, Nov. 22. Illustration.
2009 "A Little Creativity," by Margaret Regan. Tucson Weekly, June 18. Illustration.
2009 "Three Figurative Sculptors," by Mark Mussari. Tucson Home Magazine, Spring. Illustrations.
2008 "Bring on the Sizeys," by Margaret Regan. Tucson Weekly, June 5.
2007 "Little Art," by Margaret Regan. Tucson Weekly, June 28. Illustration.
2005 "Size Matters," by Margaret Regan. Tucson Weekly, June 16. Illustration.
1999 "Small World," by Margaret Regan. Tucson Weekly, July 1.
1994 Arizona Illustrated-Arts Beat, KUAT TV, Tucson, AZ. Feb 1.
BFA Syracuse University
MFA University of Illinois
Assistant Professor of Art, University of West Florida
Visiting Lecturer, Florida State University, Florence, Italy
Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting, State of Florida
Creative Research Awards, University of West Florida