Judith Hugentobler is a native New Yorker whose formal art training began as a high school student in New York and continued throughout her undergraduate studies in the Midwest, Chicago, Illinois and Granville, Ohio. During her second year at Denison University, she was introduced to metal sculpture fabrication using techniques to cast forms in materials, such as aluminum and fiberglass. Desiring to work in a combination of soft and hard materials, she later continued graduate studies in sculpture upstate N.Y., where foundry work was a part of the curriculum. During a Summer workshop at Skidmore College, Professor Regis Brodie introduced her to ceramic casting, saggar firing and raku.
Judith received a MFA degree in Sculpture, from the SUNY at Albany, and in 1997 pursued teaching in arts related programs. She worked as an assistant to the EMAC Program of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and as an Adjunct Professor of Sculpture and Drawing. Returning to NYC in 2006, she worked as an Adjunct Professor of 2D / 3D Design, in the Visual Department of LIM College, while exhibiting in the Tri-State Region.
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 East side. She has been a teaching artist-in-residence for Public Schools in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island. She has designed youth programs for the Summer Institute for the Gifted, and Hudson Valley Community College.
During August of 2019 Judith participated in a ceramic residency at the Byrdcliffe AIR Program in Woodstock, New York. A few works are included in a group exhibition February 28 – March 29th at the Kleinert / James Center for the Arts. Previously she attended residencies at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine, The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, N.Y. and at The Vermont Studio Center for the Arts, in Johnson, Vermont. She also studied installation art internationally at the 1989 Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria. 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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