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Judith in the News :: Awards, Shows & Events
March 6 -April 27 2014
The Magic of Monhegan - Six Women Paint
The Island's Charm
Peggy R. McConnell Arts
Center, Worthington, Ohio
The opening reception is from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, March
6, 2014. The show
runs through April 27.
Judith Carducci, Aida Garrity, Carol
Medhurst, Kimberley Moore, Susan Porges, and Greer Jennison
are friends who have been painting together each September from
(and will return again this year) on this coastal Maine island
that has inspired American plein
for over 200 years. Approximately 60 paintings will be in the
Fresh Canvas— Portrait of Artist Judy Gaiser
March 7 - April 5
Group Ten & Friends
Group Ten Gallery is hosting a one-month show, from March 7
through April 5 with guest artists. Come see works by:
|- John Sharp
- Brant Gebhart
- Nicholas Evans-Cato
- Charles Basham
- Tom Webb
|- John Pavlicek
- Larry Walker
- Judy Carducci
- Alan Peters
- Zach Smolko
Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, March 7, from 5 p.m.
to 8 p.m.
138 E. Main Street, Kent, Ohio 44240
2013 News :: Media
Equipment advice: Caveat Emptor - Soltek Easel
A year ago, as a treat, I bought myself a Soltek Easel, having researched
portable easels. My trusty old half-size Julian french easel having been around the world a few times had finally needed retirement. The Soltek was expensive and I had heard that it was temperamental, but I decided to take the plunge.
It is a wonderful design, but is not at all sturdy and not worth the
price. Temperamental is not really the word I'd use to describe it; fragile is more accurate.
The very first time I used it, a piece came off and disappeared. It was one of the pieces that holds the painting panel to the support. I was teaching at the time, in Puerto Rico. When I returned home, I notified the art supply store from which I'd bought it and they notified the company and a few months later a replacement piece arrived from the company.
Last September, while painting on Monhegan Island in Maine, I found myself having a hard time folding the easel. I discovered that the entire front panel, which is plastic, had split in two, through a rivet, making the entire box unstable.
The people who were with me advised that the company should give me a new easel, not just repair it.
I have just talked with the manager of the company and he says he's sorry I'm having trouble with the easel but the warranty is for only a year (I bought it slightly over a year ago) and he "cannot" send me another easel. He says "the best" the company can do is for me to ship it back (at my expense) and they will repair it.
I am about to leave to teach in Florida, and shortly after that to teach and paint in Greece, Istanbul, Prague, Amsterdam and southern France, and then back again to Monhegan, as well as various other workshops in the United States. I cannot be without a portable easel and cannot wait months for a usable Soltek.
Of course the company "can" replace my easel. He chooses not to. He tells me "If you hadn't procrastinated" and had called before the year was up, he could have replaced the easel. So it's MY fault. And he's - repeatedly - "sorry."
He chooses not to replace what is either a lemon or simply a fragile design.
I wonder how many other lemons there are waiting to be bought? Or is it just too fragile for its design, and needs to be made of better materials?
I am warning all my students that, if they hope for a Soltek, this is the kind of experience they may expect for the high price.
Judith B. Carducci, PSA
As She Sees It
Hillsdale College in Michigan is hosting a solo show for Judith's
pastel works with an
Artist's reception and demonstration
Sage Center for the Arts Daughtrey Gallery
81 East College Street,
Hillsdale, MI 49242
Mon-Thurs 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 1pm - 7pm
Download a pdf of the show card for more information: 2013hillsdale.pdf
April 2013 :: Judith teaches
at the Portrait Society of America's Art of the Portrait Conference
On the afternoon of day two, after chairing the Celia
Beaux Forum at 7am, Judith took the easel to paint a portrait
Gurney (author and illustrator of Dinotopia)
Blogger and portrait artist Matthew D. Innis writes "Carducci
... had the audience roaring with laughter." James
Gurney blogged "She charmed the audience with limericks and solid painting
advice as she worked. It was fun to be on the other side of the
easel. Thanks, Judy! "
entire post to catch the spirit and excellence of this annual
event with more photos of Judith's demo, start to finish.
My Work with Portrait Society of America
I continue to serve on the Executive Board and the faculty of the
Portrait Society of America, and as Chairman of its Cecilia
I conducted the Society's Portrait Academy at the Richeson School of
Art in Kimberley, Wisconsin (see www.portraitsociety.org), and attended
board meetings in NYC and Tallahassee, Florida, where I served on the
jury that reviewed nearly 1,600 entries for the 2007 international
portrait competition. At the annual convention, "The Art of the
Portrait," in May 2007, I served as moderator for plenary sessions,
conducted the 2nd annual meeting of the Cecilia Beaux Forum, and did
As Chairman of the Cecilia Beaux Forum, I have overseen the creation
and activities of three committees: Literature, which writes and publishes
articles on past and contemporary women artists; Exhibitions, which
disseminates information on major shows for women to enter, and is
planning a major exhibition of art by distinguished women in a prestigious
venue; and Mentoring, which has begun a program of scholarships for
women to receive career consultation with the eminent career and marketing
consultant Calvin Goodman of California, and has designed an ongoing
mentoring program for both men and women members of the Portrait Society.
The Forum has a web page which is part ofwww.portraitsociety.org.,
and the quarterly journal includes a letter by me in each issue, as
as an article on a past or contemporary
2012 News :: Media
North Light Books features Judith's work in Strokes
of Genious 4 : The Best of Drawing
Limited quantities are available on their website northlightshop.com/strokes-of-genius-4
to see an image of page 27
MY NAME IS BLUE | JUDITH B. CARDUCCI Soft vine
charcoal, black-and-white Conté crayon on Canson Mi-Tientes
paper 19" * 24" (48cm * 61cm)
Some of my friends and I hired Blue one evening
for figure drawing. I didn’t like the full-figure pose,
but I love gesture, and the expressive tilt of his head and
his wonderful hair with its texture and action were exciting
and inspiring. I had bought a stack of unusually colored Canson
paper at a sale. It seemed to me that the black-and-white drawing
tools begged for the brilliant orange-gold.
What I did on Summer Vacation 2012:
I had a great time (as only a lover of portaits can) painting
Chief Thomas A. Plunkett and his son, Lieutenant "Tommy" Plunkett.
In, Two Out" is a gift to the village of Reminderville,
Ohio, to honor their firefighters.
Attention Carducci fans who are artists, the Exhibition
is also a juried show. Download the pdf for more information.
The Salmagrundi Club is currently under restoration. We will
announce the exact show dates when we know more.
Also of note from American Artist:
Judith's recent Puerto Rico workshop is covered in the Fall 2012 issue
" Plein Air Paradise," by Michael Gormley, Editorial Director of American
Artist magazine, covers my workshop in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico last Dec. The
article appears on pp. 42-47, in the American Artist Special Issue, "Workshop" Michael
Gormley was a participant in the workshop
||Judy's work is showing at Highland Library -
until August 10th, 2012 :: located
at 4160 Ridge Road, Medina, Ohio
The show runs through Friday, August 10th and includes Judy's drawings and plein
air paintings. "En Plein Air" is a method of painting quickly on location,
catching the whole landscape in one session.
Library hours are listed at www.medina.lib.oh.us
Artists whose work is in the permanent collection of the Sargent-Laessig Museum,
which features the work of Ohio artists, show at the Library as a program of
the Museum on behalf of the community. Judith's recent drawings "Kelsey" (at
left) and "Antonio
Verde" have just been purchased by the Museum.
Judith will be presenting two programs at the
2012 Portrait Society of America "Art of the Portrait" conference
in Philadelphia May 24-27
I am excited to tell you about the 2012 Art of the Portrait Conference in Philadelphia
over Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-27. I will be holding a program, "Phases
of the Artistic Journey," along with Ellen Cooper and Rhoda Sherbellas
a part of the Cecilia Beaux Forum.
I am also leading a program called the "Use & Misuse
of Photography in Portraiture." Please join me in Philadelphia. To sign
up for the conference and receive further details, please visit portraitsociety.org
Hudson Ohio Solo show January 13 - March 7, 2012
My solo show will open at the Moos Gallery on the
campus of the Western Reserve Academy on Jan. 13 and will hang
through March 7.
The Gallery is in the Knight Fine Arts Center, 30 North Oviatt
Street, Hudson, Ohio 44236.
Gallery hours for the public are: 8am - 3pm Monday
and 8am to 12 noon on Saturday on
days that school
is in session at WRA. Contact: Tom Armbruster, Visual Art
There will be approximately 30 works representing the breadth
of my work from commissioned and non-commissioned portraits,
life, and plein air paintings in pastel and oil.
2011 News :: Media
October 2011 :: Judith teaches "Body Parts
For Portraitists: Ears, Eyes and Hands" —
as part of The Portrait Academy, put on by the
Portrait Society of America and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.
Faculty were: Judith
B. Carducci, Jean-Paul Tibbles (from England), Gwenneth Barth-White
(from Switzerland), Rose Frantzen (from Iowa) and her husband,
Judith adds "My
charcoal sketch (charcoal, black and white conte' crayon, on
full sheet of gray
Canson Mi-Tientes paper) is of 'Edward.'" (Private
CECILIA BEAUX 1855-1942
The Dreamer, 1894
Oil on canvas, 33 X 25"
Collection of the Butler Institute of America
Judith co-creates the "Inspiring
The Portrait Society of America and the Butler Institute
of America are hosting "Inspiring Figures," a national show of the work
of American women artists including work by artists of the past, work
by ten outstanding invited women, and twenty works selected by means
of a competition.
The show is a result of the work of the Exhibition Committee of the
Portrait Society's Cecilia Beaux Forum which Judith Carducci
as Chairman. Judy was one of the three jurors of the show, along
with Dr. Louis Zona, Director of the Butler, and the renowned sculptor,
Sept 12: Opening
Reception & Awards Ceremony
Sept 24-25: Portrait Academy, with Dawn Whitelaw and
Judith Carducci (more info on Judy's workshop
Oct 8 1-2:00pm: Lecture, "The Politics
of Portraiture: Cecilia Beaux, Mary Cassatt, and Thomas Eakins (with
a little bit of Sargent
in) by Sylvia Yount, Curator of American Art of the Virginia Museum
of Fine Arts
Oct 8 2- 3:15pm: Film, "Who Does She
Think She Is?"
Oct 9 10-11:30am: Panel
of participating artists, Judith Carducci, moderator
Oct 9 1-3:30pm: portrait demonstration by Judith Carducci
Carducci Paintings Acquisitioned
The Sargent-Laessig Museum of Fine Arts, Hinckley,
Ohio, has acquired two of my works for its permanent collection: " Sabrina
Fair," a full-length nude which won Best of Show at "The
Nude," the Lexington, Kentucky annual national show; and "Young,
Tan, Buff & Handsome" (Josh,) a half-figure pastel of
a young man in dramatic light.
Sabrina Fair was also nationally published in the lead article
of "The Art of the Portrait— the Journal of the Portrait
Society of America," Vol. III, Issue 13 in the fall of 2001.
2010 News :: Media
Judith competes in the 2010 Portrait Society
of America "Art of the Portrait" Convention Face-off Competition
"The Virginian" completed
in 2 1/2 hours, April 2010 during the opening competition at
the Portrait Society of America Convention in Washington DC.
2009 News :: Media
NEW Judith Carducci DVD: The Portrait Society
of America 2009 People’s
Choice Special Artist Demonstration
By popular demand, this vibrant, award-winning artist with over
30 years of experience as an instructor brings the canvas to life
in rich pastel. Robert Liberace models, as Judith makes us laugh
and energizes the live audience and home viewers alike with her
enthusiastic technique and vivid palette.
$62.50 USD limited edition DVD Order
By Mail: Portrait Society of America
attn: Educational DVDs. P.O. Box 11272, Tallahassee, FL 32302
View Judy's comments & more
|Hat's Off To Judy Carducci winner
of Portrait Society of America's 2009 "Face off" Competition —by
Betsy M. Kellum, PSA, PSWC-DP 4/29/09
I just returned from the Portrait Society of America's convention
in the Washington DC area, where the best portrait artists in
the country gather to provide lectures, presentations and demos.
It was most inspiring. Expecting to see the oils dominate, with
pastel running a distant second (or third!), you can imagine
my surprise and delight when Judy Carducci stole the show with
her pastel work. On the opening night, she participated with
about 15 fabulous artists in a "Face Off"....each painting
a portrait in a two and a half hour time frame. Judy not only
won the Face-Off (by popular vote) but sold her painting for
the highest price. Additionally, she was awarded a second demonstration,
on stage, with the entire convention participants watching. What
a wonderful promotion for pastels! Between our pastel societies,
publications such as The Pastel Journal and artists such as Judy,
pastel will get the validation that is deserves. Cheers to Judy
for a job well done.
Fresh for Spring 2009 :: Dr.
Louis Zona Portrait Completed
The Portrait Society of America has named Louis Zona,
executive director of the Butler Institute of American Art
as the winner of its Leadership in the Arts award. Artist Judith
Carducci was commissioned by the Society to paint a
portrait of Zona.
Link to the January 14 Youngstown Vindicator article covering
the commencement of this portrait on site at the Butler.
The award was presented and the portrait unveiled at the Society's
convention in Washington, DC on April 24th.
New box top, same great colors!
Carducci Portrait Pastel 78 Color Assortment on sale through www.greatpastels.com
Judith demonstrates for three educational DVDs
in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico from Signilar
Judy's Plein Air Workshop in Puerto Rico
was hosted by Signilar, and in 2009 Signilar filmed Judy's
demonstrations for three instructional videos:
two about plein air painting and one demonstrating still-life.
Check them out on Judith's new DVD
2008 News :: Media
The Market at Salat, France
Judy had taught in Southern France in the late
Fall of '06 and could hardly wait to return. Now she can hardly
to return again: June 1-10 of 2010 is already scheduled. For
more information, view her workshops page.
She is also looking for possible dates in September of '09.
Watch for the announcement!
American Artist magazine editor, Steve Doherty, writes
about Judy's workshop in southern France.
See article in the publication's
Fall '08 Workshop issue.
In late June and early July, while the lavender was in bloom and
the weather perfect, Judy taught plein air painting in the Lot
River Valley of southern France.
Participants, working in the medium of their own choice: oil,
watercolor, ink, graphite, pastel - painted medieval walled
markets, and bridges dating from Roman Gaul, while living in
the gorgeous Domaine du Haut Baran, owned and restored by William
Rosalie Haas of Cincinnati (see www.hautbaran.com).
cooked gourmet dinners, and breakfasts were taken outside on
terrace of the same golden stone of which the Domaine was built.
William, who spent much of his childhood in the area and loves
its history and speaks fluent French, took participants on personal
guided tours (including a trip to see the breathtaking prehistoric
cave paintings), advised on wine and local food, and knew what
subjects were best painted in morning light or afternoon light.
The workshop was sponsored by Bob Strohsahl, manufacturer of
Great American Artworks pastels, and each participant received
box of the pastels. He also introduced his new "cigar box" of
60 half sticks, designed for painting en plein air.
See the photo
in the article, showing Judy's painting of a lavender field and
chateau, with the box of half sticks she used to create it.
Participants declared the experience "the painting trip
of a lifetime."
Toledo Firefighters Honored
On August 16, 2008, at a reception at #13 Fire Station in Toledo,
Ohio, the president and curator of the Toledo Firefighters Museum
on behalf of the museum, the gift of Judith's pastel drawing, done
on location at the station. Judith had come to know the firefighters
of #13 when their lieutenant, Roger
Vorraber, posed for her demo at a workshop and subsequently
invited her to the station. Judith donated the drawing, which will
at #13, in gratitude for the extraordinary service firefighters
give to the community. Following the reception and lunch, Judith
was given a tour of the Firefighters Museum, truly
a jewel among museums.
featured twice on Cleveland's Fox 8 News
When the VitaminWater commercial with LeBron James came out
in May, Fox News (Cleveland) sent their award-winning reporter,
Dan Coughlin, to interview Judith for a segment on their evening
news. He and the photographer wanted some film of her working
at her easel, so she did a quick charcoal sketch of Dan and
they used it as the "teaser" to introduce the segment.
Dan then returned to pose for two more sittings so Judith could
complete the sketch as a formal pastel portrait. The portrait
was then shown on a reprise segment on Fox 8 News, July 25.
Pastel portrait of award-winning journalist,
Dan Coughlin, Ampersand Pastelbord 30" x 24".
Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Dan Coughlin.
Click on the image for a larger view.
Judith Sketches in Commercial with Lebron James
Judith comments "Soon after he began rehearsing, Lebron
spotted the sketches I was doing of him and stopped suddenly,
exclaiming that I was "actually doing those" - not
just acting a part. He then had the director show everybody the
I smile when art surprises folks with wonder, even those
who seem to 'have it all.' Isn't that the way it should be?"
to a local newspaper article by David Carducci
Judith played the part of a courtroom
sketch artist in a Vitamin Water commercial
starring Lebron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers' record-setting
basketball player. Judith sketched both crew and cast, and the
final drawing - an action sketch of Lebron tossing a basketball
behind his back - will be used in the commercial and advertising,
according to the director. Allfive pages of sketches she did
were purchased by the agency. Lebron was charasmatic and gracious
and made the experience fun for everyone, as can be seen in the
photo. The filming took place March 24 & 25, at the Cleveland
Watch for the commercial on national TV and cable channels,
beginning in May. Sports Illustrated has
also published an article about the commerical in their May 2008
5/29/08 — Now showing on YouTube at http://youtube.com/watch?v=dVwYZRGkODs
Judith's Plein Air Pastel Painting Selected for Hudson
Judith participated in a paint-out in the fall of
2007, sponsored by the Hudson
Fine Art and Framing Gallery. One
of her many works done over the three-day period was selected
for the community's phone directory.
Europe isn't the only beneficiary of Carducci "en plein air"
is her home town.
Pastel Society of America National
Dispute" won the Janet T. Royce Award at
the Pastel Society of America's annual national open show at
Arts Club in NYC, Sept. 5-20, 2008.
In October 2007, I returned from three months abroad (two weeks in
China, two months painting and teaching in Italy, a week in Istanbul
cruising the Greek islands, and a week touring mainland Greece and
Athens) to congratulations and the information that the Akron Area
Arts Alliance - a consortium of 40 organizations including the art
museum, the orchestra, the ballet, the Kent State Univ. and Univ.
of Akron art departments, the theaters, and the artists groups -
had awarded me its biennial "prestigious Outstanding Visual
Artist Award." The award was presented at a gala banquet at
the Tangier Restaurant in Akron on Nov. 10, and now graces my desk.
||Thanks from Kent State University:
At halftime at the varsity basketball game on November
10th, 2007, I was called to center court to join Director of
Athletics Laing Kennedy to be publicly thanked by the University for the painting "Kent
State Football," which was shown on the big screen. Framed giclee prints
of the painting are being given as special gifts to donors and supporters of
the University. It was also announced that my portrait of Ben Curtis is planned
for the new building for the golf program, as well as another still life, "Kent
||"The Wizard" won Best of Show at
the Hudson Society of Artists 2007 Midwinter Show
||"Wild Mane" won First Place at
the Summit Art Space Kaleidoscope Show in December 2006.
2006-2007 News :: Media
I contributed to an article, "8 Wonders of the Pastel World," by
Anne Hevener, in the December 2007 issue of the
Pastel Journal, pp. 21-29.
The June 2007 issue
of Akron Life & Leisure Magazine featured
me as their "Artist of the Year." The magazine hosted
a solo show of my work at Mocha Maiden Gallery in Akron. As part
of their promotion, my portrait of Akron artist P.R.Miller, "The
Wizard," was auctioned
for the benefit of Children's Hospital.
The Winter 2007 issue of The Pastelagram the journal of the Pastel Society of America, featured my essay on
how one's art evolves over time. The five-page article, featuring six
paintings, included three paintings of local people and an interior
of the Akron Society of Artists' studio.
The December/January 2007 issue of International
Artist had a feature
Carducci, Inspired by the Beauty in Life," which showed eight
of my paintings, seven of which wereof people from the Northeast Ohio
December 2006 issue of The Pastel Journal had a four-page
feature article on my work, "Portraits of Life," which showed
four of my paintings, including two people from the local Akron area.
November 2006 issue of The Artist's
Magazine :: I contributed to a feature article in "Projecting & Art," in
which a portrait of Tom Mullins and a painting I did of the sink in
Society of Artists studio were reproduced.