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J. Bruce Studio
Medium(s):
  mixed media
  oil
  printmaking

Contact Info:
   Web: www.judybruceart.com
Artist Statement

I have been a resident of Arizona for eleven years. I have been a painter for fifty years and received a BFA from Illinois Wesleyan University in studio painting and an MS in Interdisciplinary Arts from the Chicago Consortium that included the Art Institute. I taught elementary and junior high art for thirty-five years in Skokie, Illinois. For the past twelve years I have worked on my abstract expressive surreal mixed media paintings and monotypes in my studio in Cave Creek, Arizona. My people illustrate what it is to be human, vulnerable, fierce, beautiful, fragile, suffering, joyful, fearful and always hopeful. I express these feelings through abstract color, texture, line and pattern, almost always creating people.
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Judy Paxton Bruce was born in the small town of Danville, Illinois on a lake with forests and gardens surrounding her. Everyone knew, even when she was young, that Judy was an artist because of her constant coloring, drawing and fantasizing. From fourth grade on, her teachers sat her at the back of the classroom painting for local art contests. She has always been passionate about color, texture, expression and uniqueness and figural work. In college, painting, as well as printmaking, was a passion but after walking into a classroom, she fell in love with teaching and spent thirty-five years working in elementary and junior high art. During that time she spent summers painting and had an antique and fold art business. Soon after retirement, Judy and her husband Jim moved to Cave Creek after falling in love with its beauty and serenity. Judy now paints and works with mixed media full time in her studio on Galloway Wash.
1968�BFA, Illinois Wesleyan University, Major/painting, Minor/education
1968-1978�Elementary art teacher, Skokie, IL, winning the Kohl International Teaching Award of Excellence, the Illinois State Board of Education�s �Those Who Excel Award� and the Marjorie Wedel Award.
1978-2001�Junior High School Art teacher
1979�Northern Illinois University summer MFA program
1984�Interdisciplinary Arts Masters Degree-Loyola University, Chicago
1984�TDK �Japan Trails �*5� won trip to Japan with student
2005�Z Gallery, Rhode Island, �heARTGoes Red for Women� show
2005�Herberger Theater Art Show �Not Just Another Pretty Face�
2007-2008�Chairman of the Visual Arts Cave Creek Fine Arts Festival
2008�Two pieces selected for the Herberger �Impritur� Art Show, Phoenix
2007-2010�President of the Cave Creek Film and Arts Festival
2007-2008�Cover Artist Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
2008�ArtZBeat Magazine article, �Art is Her Life�, Judy Paxton Bruce
2009�Five prints chosen for the �Printmaker�s Show� at the Center
2009�Six paintings chosen for exhibition at the Center Show, Scottsdale, AZ
2009�Three miniature art works chosen to be exhibited at the �Small Works Show�, Sonoran Arts League Gallery, Cave Creek, AZ
2010�Prize Winner �Small Works Show� for �Mike�
2010�Level 9 Gallery, Cave Creek, AZ, 2-man show
2010�Solo Exhibition for Annie Lloyd-May, Scottsdale, AZ
2010-2013�Host Studio for Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour
2013�Cover Artist for Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour
2013�Represented by Harvey Pranian Art & Antiques, Chicago, IL
2013�Article in Images AZ, November.
2014�Best in Show, Brio Gallery at Foothills Foundation
2015�Van Gogh�s Ear Gallery, Prescott,
2015�Printmaking Show, Holland Center, Scottsdale, AZ
2015�Solo Exhibition at Adornments, Scottsdale, AZ

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