Born 1959 in Indiana. Lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Judy Ledgerwood is a painter whose canvases and wall painting installations confront the history of abstract painting. Her work considers domestically created work made by women across many cultures. Her compositions frequently consist of motifs derived from symbolic shapes associated with Paleo and Neolithic Goddess cultures throughout Europe. The broader vocabulary of shapes is comprised of circles, quatrefoils, and a seed-like shapes organized within triangles and chevrons that she perceives as a womanly ciphers symbolic of feminine power.
Ledgerwood has held numerous solo exhibitions including The Graham Foundation (2014) and Smart Museum of Art, Chicago (2013-15), IL. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions surrounding the Pattern and Decoration movement including Surface/Depth at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City (2018), Fringe at Denny Dimin Gallery, New York City (2021), and The Thread is Not Straight at Denny Dimin Gallery, Hong Kong (2022). In 2015, Ledgerwood was commissioned by the United States Embassy in Vientiane, Laos to create a site-specific painting.
Judy Ledgerwood received a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently the Alice Welsh Skilling Professor of Art at Northwestern University. Her work is included in prominent public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, 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.
Portrait by: Daniel Krieger