Judith Hugentobler is a native New Yorker whose formal art training began during high school, in NYC, and continued throughout her undergraduate experience in the Midwest, Chicago, and Granville, Ohio. While a student at Denison University, she was introduced to sculpture fabrication using techniques to cast forms in various materials, such as aluminum and fiberglass. Desiring to work in a combination of soft and hard materials, she continued her graduate studies in studio art upstate N.Y. During a Summer workshop at Skidmore College, Regis Brodie introduced her to ceramic casting and pit firing, which have both influenced her direction in clay.
Judith holds a MFA in Sculpture, at the SUNY at Albany, and in 1997 pursued teaching in arts related programs. She worked in the EMAC Program of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as an Adjunct Professor of Sculpture and Drawing, and at the Arts Center of the Capital Region. Since returning to NYC in 2005, she has worked as an Adjunct Professor of 2D and 3D Design, in the Visual Merchandising department of the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, located in midtown Manhattan. Presently she maintains a studio in Brooklyn and has exhibited locally and internationally.
From 2010-2012 Hugentobler conducted programs in ceramic sculpture and hand building at the Sirovich Senior Center on East 12th Street, sponsored by a Space for Art Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Further programs for seniors through 2013 were funded by the Educational Alliance, on the Lower Eastside. Judith has worked as an Artist-in-Residence for Public Schools in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island hosted by Studio in a School and LEAP Learning through an Expanded Arts Program Inc. She also offered Summer Programs for youth through the Summer Institute for the Gifted, Hudson Valley Community College, and more recently in 2017 at the Vermont Summer Academy of Green Mountain College.
Judith has participated in several residency programs, most recently at Byrdcliffe Artist’s Residency in Woodstock, New York. She has been a resident at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York and at The Vermont Studio Center for the Arts, in Johnson, Vermont. She studied sculpture and set design internationally at the 1989 Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria and at the Kunst Akademie Dusseldorf, Germany. Judith received an Individual Artist’s Grant from the New York State Council of the Arts, both Individual and Premier Grants from the Council of Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, New York and a Grant from the Puffin Foundation for Community Arts Workshops.
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