Judy Ledgerwood

Judy Ledgerwood paints boldly patterned abstract compositions that are deeply rooted in the tradition of modernist painting. Drawing from a wide range of sources?such as fashion, decorative arts, textiles, and interior design?her canvases are optically charged, formal, highly personal, and invested in issues of beauty and visual pleasure. As a young artist in the 1980s, Ledgerwood committed herself to executing ambitious and enormously scaled paintings and sought to create a dialogue that was uniquely ?feminine.? Ledgerwood has stated, ?My choice of color and surface were informed by being female?another way that I addressed gender difference was to use color in a way that was not authoritarian. I wanted to find a way to try to push the notion of what is feminine, and what is powerful in painting.? Ledgerwood has had solo exhibitions at H?usler Contemporary, Zurich and Munich; University Galleries, Illinois State University (2007); Tracy Williams, Ltd., New York; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; and The Renaissance Society, Chicago (1999). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (several since 1991); The Hyde Park Art Center (2006); Chicago Cultural Center (2005); and The Renaissance Society (1992), among many others. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Individual Artist Award (2007); the Artadia Award (2004); Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts Grant, Northwestern University (2000, 1996); The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1997); National Endowment for the Arts Grant (1993); and Illinois Arts Council Chairman?s Grant (1985). Please call Jenny Gheith at 312.443.3630 to make your reservation. All reservations must be made by Friday 9 January. The Society for Contemporary Art would like to acknowledge our partnership with Sotheby?s for this and upcoming events

The Art Institute of Chicago

06:00PM – Lecture
Price Auditorium, The Art Institute of Chicag
Members – $15
Non-Members – $20

07:30PM – Dining
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