Judith Hugentobler’s initial training in sculpture introduced her to portraiture, working with clay and plaster. During the early eighties while living in Chicago, Illinois she was exposed to the revitalization of Chicago’s Art scene under Mayor Jane Byrne, the Chicago Imagists and Public Art installations at Navy Pier.
Judith began undergraduate studies in Biology and Studio Art in Granville, Ohio. There, during her second year at Denison University, she was introduced to metal sculpture fabrication, including techniques to cast aluminum and fiberglass resin. Casting processes have become the focus of much of her recent work in sculpture.
Judith completed a BFA degree, with a concentration in sculpture, at the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana. Exploring a combination of soft and hard materials, she later returned to the East coast for graduate studies in sculpture, in Albany. There she began working with wax, aluminum and bronze. During a Summer workshop at Skidmore College, she was introduced to ceramic slip casting, saggar firing and raku.
Judith received a MFA degree in Sculpture, from the SUNY at Albany, and in 1997 and pursued work as a teaching artist at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, and for other institutions in the Albany area. Returning to NYC in 2006, she worked as an Adjunct Professor of 2D/3D Design, in the Visual Department of LIM College.
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 supported 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.
Judith attended a ceramic residency 2019 at the Byrdcliffe AIR Program in Woodstock, New York. Her work was included in Utopian Living Artists-In-Residence 2019 at the Kleinert /James Center for the Arts (2020). Previous residencies include Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine, the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, and at The Vermont Studio Center for the Arts, in Johnson, Vermont. She has also traveled to Austria and Germany to do workshops in sculpture installation, exhibiting in Salzburg, Austria.
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