Judith Hugentobler is a native New Yorker who also lived during the 1980’s in Chicago, Illinois. Her 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 later continued her studies upstate New York and received a Masters degree in Sculpture from the SUNY at Albany, New York. During a Summer workshop at Skidmore College, Judith was introduced to ceramic casting and raku firing which have both directly influenced her direction in clay.
Presently she maintains a studio in Brooklyn and has exhibited locally and internationally. Judith completed a MFA in Sculpture, at the SUNY at Albany, and pursued teaching in arts related programs upstate New York. 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 continued as an Adjunct Professor of 2D and 3D Design, in the Visual Merchandising department of the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, located in midtown Manhattan.
From 2010-2012 Hugentobler also 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, NYC. Previously Judith has worked as an Artist-in-Residence for Public Schools in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island hosted by Studio in a School. She has also offered Summer Programs for youth through the Summer Institute for the Gifted and Hudson Valley Community 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 and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York and at The Vermont Studio Center for the Arts, in Johnson Vermont. She also studied sculpture and set design internationally at the 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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