DeForrest Judd (1916-1993)
Judd graduated from the Cleveland
Institute of Art in 1938 and received a post-graduate
to continue his studies at the Institute in 1939. From 1940 to 1942
Judd studied at the Colorado Spring Fine Arts Center under the
center’s director, Boardman Robinson, and Texas artist, Otis Dozier.
During World War II Judd served in the United States Army. His
academic career as professor of painting, drawing, and design began
in 1946 when he moved to Dallas to teach at Southern Methodist
University and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. In 1967 Judd was
promoted to full professor at SMU. He retired from the University in
Judd continued to live in Dallas and devote his time to art
until his death in 1992.
Judd’s work reflects his study of nature:
mountains, lakes, rocks, flowers, cactus, Gulf Coast, and scenes of
everyday life that were painted or drawn in a semi-abstract form
that made bold use of color.
Judd received numerous awards for his work, and while
teaching at SMU his work was featured in many one-man shows in Texas
including the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (1946), Southern Methodist
University (1950, 1965, 1969, 1981), Elizabet Ney Museum (1952), Sul
Ross State College (1957), Texas Tech Museum (1959), Fort Worth Art
Center (1962), and the Beaumont Museum of Art (1971). His work was
also exhibited in art centers and museum exhibitions around the
country including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (one of twelve
artists selected for the exhibition
American Painting Today,
1950), Denver Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Colorado Springs
Fine Arts Center, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Judd’s work
was also accepted into the permanent collections of the Cleveland
Museum of Art, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Dallas Museum of
Fine Arts, and
Southern Methodist University.