BIO
 

  Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, I danced and performed ballet and modern jazz for 20 years.  After moving to San Francisco, I studied art at San Francisco City College, California College of the Arts, and Sonoma State University where in 1995 I received a BFA in painting.  I continued with a Post-Baccalaureate Tutorial working with Chester Arnold and Bob Nugent, bay area painters and professors.  I live in Mill Valley, and have taught workshops in encaustic techniques in California and Hawaii. I have shown my work extensively in the US and the Bay Area.
 

With an urge to layer paint and see through traces underneath, I was seduced by the Ancient Greek technique of encaustic painting, combining beeswax, resin, and pigments. I layer swatches of collage papers, layer the luscious translucent wax, paint, scrape, and draw into and on the wax.            
 

“Through my aesthetics, I search for ways to follow my curiosities about life. With no answers the search is endless, and the process satisfying.”   JW
 

RESUME

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Place of Birth:  Baltimore, MD

Education:        Postgraduate tutorial, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA 1998-02           

                         Sonoma State University, BFA Painting with Honors, Rohnert Park, CA   1995 

                         California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA   85-87

                         City College of San Francisco, S.F. CA   81-84

                         University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA   69-71

                         University of Maryland, College Park, MD 67-69

 

Exhibitions:      SOLO SHOWS:

                          Figurative Configurations, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA  August-Sept 2019

                          Recent Works, Dental Office of  Dr. Vivian Cui, San Francisco, Ca  2020

                          Feminine Forms, Mill Valley Library, Mill Valley, CA  March 2013

                          Dress Forms, Parsnips, San Francisco, CA  Sept – Nov 2008, Nov –Jan 2011

                          Mixed Metaphors, California Closets, San Rafael, CA  Oct-Dec 2007

 

                          TWO PERSON SHOWS:

                           Poetic Wax, Hayes Valley Art Works, San Francisco, CA  May 2019

                           Encaustic ABSTRACTS, Desta Gallery, San Anselm,. CA  April - June 2016

                           The Feminine Form in Mixed Mediums, Avalon Salon, San Rafael, CA  May – June 2014

                           From Palette to Palette, Kathleen McMahon Fine Art, San Francisco, CA  October 2008

                          Marin Magazine Cover Show, Marin Arts Salon, San Rafael, CA   May 2008

 

                           GROUP SHOWS

                           Beneath the Surface, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, January 2020

                           Ensemble, Marin Community Foundation, Novato, CA  October – February, 2020

                           Something About Lines, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA  May 2019

                           Dualities, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA   March 2019

                           Feast Of Color, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA  January 2019

                           Color Works, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA   August- Sept 2018

                           Storytelling, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA  June 8- July 27, 2018

                           Color Emotio, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA  January-February 2018

                           InnerScapes, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA Jan.-Feb. 2018

                           ArtSpan Open Studios, General’s Residence, Fort Mason, SF, CA  November 2017

                           BMW Art Showcase by Donkey Mill Art Center, Holualoa, Hawaii, March 2017

                           Hidden, Marin MOCA, Novato, CA  February – March 2017

                           Making Your Mark: IEA-EAI Juried Exhibition, Sante Fe, New Mexico, Sept-Oct 2016

                          Marin MOCA Juried Member Exhibition, Marin MOCA, Novato, CA  July- Aug 2016

                          Another Way of Keeping a Diary, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA

                                November 2015- January 2016

                         “Summer National Juried Exhibition”, Marin MOCA, Novato, CA  June 2015

                         “Improvisational Painting: 3 Artists/ 3 Paths”, San Pablo Art Center, San Pablo, CA

                               March – April 2015

                          “Technonatura”, Donkey Mill Art Center, Holualoa, Hawaii, March-April 2015

                           Gallery Artists, Studio 35 Gallery, Sonoma, CA  November – January 2015

                          “Devil is the Straight Line”, Audrey Love Gallery, Miami, Florida, October 2014

                          “Wax Effects”, Art Central Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA  August  2014

                          “Motion/Emotion”, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA,  August  2014

                         “The Living Mark”, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, Oregon, July-August 2014

                         “Encaustic Art Institute Third Annual Juried Exhibition”,  Cerrillos, New Mexico, November 2013

                         “Fusion” International Encaustic Association Juried Show, Eggman Walrus Gallery, Sante Fe, New                   

                               Mexico,  November 2013

                          “Future of the Past: encaustic art in the 21st century”, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA

                               October – December 2012

                          “Still Lifes”, Artworksdowntown, San Rafael, CA , July 2012

                          “Three/Three”, A Woman’s Eye Gallery, San Francisco, CA  July 2012

                          “Contemporary Woman 6”, National Juried Show, Chico Art Center, Chico, CA  June 2012

                          “Gift of Art”, Cecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley, CA   November – January 2012

                          “From Our Perspectives”: National Women’s Art Exhibition, Oakland Community College, 

                              Farmington Hills, Michigan, October 2011

                         “Consequential Fusion”, Art Center Morro Bay, Morro Bay, CA   July-August2011

                         “Wax in Motion”, Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts   June 2011

                         “Private Eyes: Artists’ Visions”- National Juried Exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

                              Novato, CA   June-July 2010

                         “Luminous Layers”,  Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, Oregon, June 2010

                         “Inside Out”, an exhibition of Bay Area Abstract Artists, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

                              Novato, CA   February –March 2010

                          Gallery Artists Show, Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA ,January 2010

                         “Gift of Art”, Cecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley, CA   November 2009 – January  2010

                         “Waxing Philosophically: Interpretations in Wax”, Marin Community Foundation, Novato, CA

                                 July-November 2009

                         “Working in Wax”, National Juried Exhibition, Dean Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA

                                 May-June 2009

                         “Metamorphoses”, Haydon Art Center, Lincoln, Nebraska, March 2009                               

                         “Gift of Art”, Cecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley, CA   November 2008 – January 2009

                         “Translucent”, Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA   July – August 2008

                         “Secrets”, Artisans Art Gallery,  San Rafael, CA   April 2008

                         “Gift of Art”, Cecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley, CA   November 2007-January 2008

                         “Renewal”,  Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA    October 2007

                         “Summer Show”, Cecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley, CA   August- September 2007

                         “Gift of Art”, Cecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley, CA   November- January 2008

                          “Faculty Exhibition 2006”, Donkey Mill Art Center,  Kona, Hawaii   October –December 2006

                          “Wax Works”, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA     October-November 2006

                          “Final Show”, Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA  June 2006

                          “First Annual Encaustic Invitational”, Conrad Wilde Gallery,   Tucson, AZ, March 2006

                          “Off The Grid”: New Paintings by Collective 9”, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA   January-

                               February 2006

                          “Oil and Wax: chapter and verse”, Art League of Northern California Gallery, Novato, CA

                               November 2005

                          “Summer Reading II”, featured artist, Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA   June-July 05

                          “Shimmer”, Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA   February –March 2005 

                          “Rouge”, Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA   December-January 2005

                          “Grand Slam”, Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA   October-November 2004

                          “Summer Reading”, featured artist, Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA   June-July 04

                          “47th Annual International Exhibition”, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA,

                              May- June 04, juried by Peter Gordon

                         “Contemporary Abstracts”, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA   February 2004

                          “Hope/ Joy/ Peace”,   Steel Gallery,   San Francisco, CA    December 03 – January 04

                          “Inaugural Exhibition”, Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA   October – November 2003

                          “Global Artlook” International Exhibition 2003, MatrixArts, Sacramento, CA,   September 2003,

                            Juried by Yoshio Taylor and Scott Shields

                          “Small Works National Juried Exhibition and Competition”, Artists’ Collective Gallery,

                           Santa Rosa, CA.. August 2003,  Juried by Jerrold Ballaine

                          “Crossing Bridges”, Jewish Museum San Francisco, sponsored by CBS MarketWatch, San

                           Francisco, CA   July – September 2003

                           “Northern National Art Competition”,  Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, Wisconsin,

                            July – September 2003.    Juried by Keith Jacobshagen

                          “Bold Expressions” 47th Annual International Exhibition, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Carmichael, 

                           CA,  October  2002.  Juried by Jerry Reilly

                          “2002 National Art Competition”, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA,  October 2002. Juried by 

                           John Killacky, Executive Director, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Fra

                         “ Arts on Fire VI”, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA, June 2002.  Juried by Renny Pritikin,    

                           Chief Curator,  Yerba  Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

                          “17TH Annual Juried Exhibition”, Gallery Route 0ne,  Pt. Reyes, CA, February 2002.  Juried by Carrie 

                            Lederer,  Curator, Dean Lesher Center for the Arts                      

                          “Encaustic Works 2001”, Third International Biennial Exhibition,  Stone Ridge, New York,                        

                           September  - October  ‘ 01 Juried  by Mia Westerlund Roosen                                                                                                                   

                         “ New Visions: Introductions '01”, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA, July – August ’01.  Juried by Rene

                            Yanez 

                          Curator, and Robbin Henderson, Executive Director,  Berkeley Art Center

                          “Annual Juried Exhibition of Marin Artists”, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA, May 2001.

                          Juried by Ruth Braunstein, Braunstein Quay Gallery,  San Francisco, CA

                         “ Competition Exhibition 2000”, Artists' Alliance of California, San Luis Obispo Art Center, San Luis   .                          Obispo, CA.  September 2000 Juried by Elizabeth  Gerber, Curator of Crocker Art Museum,  

                            Sacramento, CA                          

                         “ Bay Arts 2000”, Arts Council of San Mateo County, Manor House Gallery, Belmont CA, 

                           August 2000.  Juried by Susan Hillhouse, Chief Curator of Triton Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

                         “ Fine Arts Exhibit”, Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA   July 2000

                         "Driven to Abstraction", Sebastopol Center for the Arts,  Sebastopol, CA,  April 2000.  Juried by 

                            Roy DeForest  

                          Finalist, “1999 International Juried Exhibit Encaustic Works”, Kingston, New York. September 1999.

                          Juried by Judy Pfaff                    

Awards:

                         Honorable Mention, Beneath the Surface, Marin MOCA, January 2020

                         Honorable Mention, InnerScapes, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, January 2018

                         Honorable Mention, Metamorphosis, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, January 2015

                         Third Place, Motion/Emotion,  Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, August 2014

                         Honorable Mention, Fusion, IEA Juried Exhibit, Snate Fe, New Mexico, November 2013

                         Third Place, Consequential Fusion: Messages in Wax, Art Center Morro Bay, CA July 2011

                          Honorable Mention, Consequential Fusion: Messages in Wax, Art Center Morro Bay, CA July 2011  

                          Honorable Mention, National Juried Exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, by Andrea 

                             Schwartz of Andrea Schwartz Gallery, July 2010

                         Committee’s Choice Award, Luminous Layers, Lake Oswego, Oregon, July 2010

                         Cover Contest, Marin Magazine, May 2008

                          Honorable Mention, Marin County Fair, San Rafael,  CA   July 2000

                          Barbara McQuaid Award of Excellence, Marin County Fair, Fine Arts Exhibit, San Rafael CA .

                             July 1999

                          Honorable Mention, Marin County Fair, San Rafael,  CA   July 1994

                          First in Class – Oil Painting, Marin County Fair, San  Rafael, CA   July 1993

                          Distinguished Art Award, Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA   July 1993

                          Honorable Mention, Marin County Fair, San Rafael,  CA  July 1993

Permanent Collection:

                          Encaustic Art Institute

                          Kaiser Permanente

 

Publication:

                        Index Tribune, “Three from Studio 35”, May 28, 2015

                        IEA NEWSLETTER, August  2012

                        Inquiring Mind, Volume 27/Number 2/Spring 2011

                        East Bay Express, “Waxworks”, by DeWitt Cheng, May 2009

                        Marin Magazine, May 2008

                        Embracing Encaustic, 2nd Edition, by Linda and William Womack April 2008

                        Steinberg/Farmer Report, Cecile Moochnek Gallery, November 2, 2007

                        San Francisco Art Magazine.com, “Seeking Out Quality Contemporary Art Volume 1”, by Rachel 

                             Rosen, February 2007

                        San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook , Art Section, January 15, 2006

                        “ Donkey Mill Art Center offers new workshop-Encaustic Painting Being Taught By 

                            Judith Williams”, West Hawaii Today, ARTS, November 18, 2005

                        Hearts in San Francisco, benefiting the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, 2004

                        San Francisco Chronicle, FRIDAY Section, Marin, Napa, Sonoma.  “Women Artists of Collective 9 

                           Meet to Share Support, Criticism”,  February 4, 2005

:                      Artweek, Previews: ‘Summer Reading’, May 2004

                       Enquiring Mind, a semiannual journal of the Vipassana Community, Volume 20, Number 2, Spring 04

                       “Ancient Encaustics and Modern Movies –The art that   remains”, by Dakota Lane, Ulster Publishing 

                            Company’s Almanac, September 27, 2001.  Ulster County, Stone Ridge, New York

                       Catalogue, “Encaustic Works 2001”, Third International   Biennial Exhibition juried by 

                             Mia Westerlund Roosen         

                        Inquiring Mind, a semiannual journal of the Vipassana Community, Volume 17, Number 1, Fall 2000

Public Art Project:

                        “Hearts in San Francisco”, steel sculpture, “Wearing our Hearts on our Sleeves”, 2004

Lectures: 

                   Introduction to Encaustic Techniques, workshop, Studio 35 Gallery, Sonoma, CA  April 2015 

                   Introduction to Encaustic Techniques, workshop, Donkey Mill Art Center, December 2014

                   Guest Artist Presentation, Donkey Mill Art Center, Kona, Hawaii  December 2010

                   Guest Artist lecture : Donkey Mill Art Center,  Kona, Hawaii       December 2005 

                   Encaustic Painting Technique Workshop, Kona ,Hawaii        December 2005                                                                                                    

                   Guest  lectures At College of Marin, Kentfield, CA,  for “ Materials and Techniques” class taught  by  

                     Chester Arnold,   1999, 2001, 2003, 2004

 

                   Currently conduct private workshops in the technique of encaustics.  

Group Affiliations:  

                                 Berkeley Artist Critique Group from the Berkeley Art Center

                                 International Encaustic Artists 

                                 Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

                                 Donkey Mill Art Center, Holualoa, Hawaii

                                 ArtWorks Downtown, San Rafael, CA                                                                 

                                 Encaustic Art Institute, Sante Fe, New Mexico

© 2020 Judith Williams. © 2020 by Black Cat Studio.