Background

Judeth Pekala Hawkins :: Artist

As a child in my home near Detroit, I was always coloring and cutting things up. After earning my BFA from the University of Michigan in 1973, I settled in Baltimore, Maryland where I participated in several group and solo exhibitions. In the 1980’s I embraced motherhood, moved to Pennsylvania, built a house with my husband and started a picture framing business. By 1991 I had returned to painting and exhibiting and in 1998 closed my frame shop so that I could devote my full attention to my studio work.

Why am I driven to express myself in pictures? I have begun to allow myself the questions without formulating any answers; growing more comfortable with uncertainty and observation, less with obligations and expectations. I have become more responsive in the work of painting. Rather than designing and then executing a piece, I now start with bigger, less confined ideas and see where the images suggest a decision.

In 2004 I was selected by the PA Council for the Arts to participate in their Arts in Education program. Reluctant to leave my easel at first, I have grown to love and appreciate the experience of being an artist in residence. The contact with students and the adventure of creating together is an enriching balance for the studio solitude and I am happy to report that these two very different occupations have begun to influence each other.

Artist's Statement

A fascination with pattern and negative space has always been at the heart of my work in paint. Lately I distort, disguise, or delete the narrative portion of my paintings and allow myself to obsess completely on color, repetition and the shapes that occur between objects.

Most of my current paintings are the results of visual puzzles I invent for myself. These brain teasers are concerned with creation of, and reaction to, reflection and reiteration of the positive shapes and negative spaces of the final images and those in the under painting.

For many years I loosely designed paintings and then completed them. I reached a point where I knew how my painting would look before I finished it. This stole the adventure from me. I have become more immediate and perilous in the act of painting. I love taking the risk of working on top of an abstract or figurative piece with a new or related idea or simply beginning a painting with an object or color that attracts me and seeing what materializes as I respond to the shapes and hues that develop.

Solo Exhibitions

  • Mason Dixon Library, Stewartstown, PA (2011)
  • The Mantis Collective, Harrisburg, PA (2010)
  • Gallerie Chiz, Pittsburgh, PA (2009)
  • The Mantis Collective, Harrisburg, PA (2008)
  • CityArt, York, PA (2006)
  • Galerie Francoise, Baltimore, MD (2006)
  • Rose Lehrman Art Center, Harrisburg Community College, H-bg, PA (2005)
  • Bogigian Gallery, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA (2005)
  • Perry County Council for the Arts, Newport, PA (2004)
  • Galerie Francoise, Baltimore, MD (2004)
  • Friend’s Gallery, York,PA (2003)
  • The Milton Hershey School, Hershey, PA (2003)
  • Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA (2002)
  • Yorkarts Gallery, York, PA (2002)
  • Catherine Starr Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2001)
  • York Art Association, York, PA (2000)
  • Slayton House Gallery, Columbia, MD (2000)
  • Catherine Starr Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (1998)
  • Gallery at South George Street, York, PA (1998)

Selected Group Invitational Exhibitions

  • York Art Association, Four Women Paint, York, PA (2010)
  • Oriet’s Fine Art, Meyerhoff Symphony, Baltimore, MD (2010)
  • Garth Gallery, Columbia, PA, 2 Person Exhibit (2010)
  • Oriet’s Fine Art. Baltimore, MD (2009)
  • CityArt, U Figure It Out, Harrisburg, PA, 4 Person Exhibit (2008)
  • Mulberry Art Studio, Lancaster, PA (2008)
  • Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Expanding Circles, Wilmington, DE (2007)
  • Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, PA (2007)
  • Mulberry Art Studio, Women by Women, Lancaster, PA (2007)
  • Main Line Art Center, Living With Art, Haverford, PA (2006)
  • York Art Association, Then and Now, York, PA (2006)
  • CityArt, York, PA (2004)
  • The Whitaker Center for Arts and Sciences, Harrisburg, PA (2004)
  • Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA, 3 Person Exhibit (2003)
  • Central Market Art Gallery, Lancaster, PA, 2 Person Exhibit (2003)
  • Lancaster Gallery Walk, Lancaster, PA (2001)
  • York Art Association, York, PA (2000)
  • ArtFX Gallery, York, PA-2 Person Exhibit (1999)
  • Penn State University Gallery, York, PA, 2 Person Exhibit (1998)
  • Doshi Center for Contemporary Art, 3 Person Exhibit, Harrisburg, PA (1997)
  • Fell’s Point Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD (1996)

Selected Juried Exhibitions

  • YorkArts Gallery, Yorkfest, York, PA (2010)
  • York Art Association, York, PA (2009)
  • Columbia Art Center, Conflict/Peace, Columbia, MD (2007)
  • Annenburg Conference Center, Art Endures, Philadelphia, PA (2005)
  • YorkArts Gallery, Yorkfest, York, PA (2004)
  • State Museum of PA, Art of the State, Harrisburg, PA (2003)
  • Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC (2002)
  • Traveling Exhibit, Emotion Pictures, San Francisco, Chicago, New York (2001)
  • State Museum Of PA, Art of the State, Harrisburg, PA (2001)
  • Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA (2000)
  • State Museum of PA, Art of the State, Harrisburg, PA (2000)
  • Howard County Arts Council, Ellicott City, MD (2000)
  • State Museum of PA, Art of the State, Harrisburg, PA (1999)
  • Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA (1999)
  • Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA (1998)
  • Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA (1997)

Grants and Awards

  • TAP Grant, PA Council for the Arts, Red Lion, PA (2010)
  • Arts in Ed. Residency Grant, PA Council for the Arts, LIUMEP, Gettysburg, PA (2010)
  • Arts in Ed. Residency Grant, PA Council for the Arts, Charles X. Carlson Trust, Quarryville, PA (2010)
  • TAP Grant, PA Council for the Arts, Harrisburg, PA (2009)
  • Arts in Ed. Residency Grant, PA Council for the Arts, Perry County, PA (2009)
  • Arts in Ed. Residency Grant, PA Council for the Arts, LIUMEP, Gettysburg, PA (2009)
  • Arts in Ed. Residency Grant, PA Council for the Arts, Charles X. Carlson Trust, Quarryville, PA (2009)
  • Arts in Ed. Residency Grant, PA Council for the Arts, Middleburg Middle School, Middleburg, PA (2008)
  • Arts in Ed. Residency Grant, PA Council for the Arts, LIUMEP, Gettysburg, PA (2007)
  • Arts in Ed. Residency Grant, PA Council for the Arts, Charles X. Carlson Trust, Quarryville, PA (2006)
  • Arts in Ed. Residency Grant, PA Council for the Arts, Greenwood High School, Millerstown, PA (2006)
  • Mural Installation, Milton Hershey School, Hershey, PA (2006)
  • Arts in Ed. Residency Grant, PA Council for the Arts, Charles X. Carlson Trust, Quarryville, PA (2006)
  • Art Endures Award, Art Endures Exhibit, Haverford, PA (2006)
  • Award of Excellence, Yorkfest, Yorkarts Gallery, York, PA, Juror: Amy Eva Raehse, Director, Goya Contemporary (2005)
  • Award of Excellence, Yorkfest, Yorkarts Gallery, York, PA, Juror: Kimberly Camp, Executive Director, The Barnes Foundation (2004)
  • Arts in Ed. Grant, Perry County Council for the Arts, New Bloomfield, PA (2004)
  • Honorable Mention, Women’s Expressions, Lancaster, PA, Juror: N. Lee Stevens, State Museum of PA (2003)
  • AIE Artist, PA Council for the Arts (2002)
  • Award of Excellence, Yorkfest, Yorkarts Gallery, York, PA, Juror: Amy Schlegel, Philadephia Art Alliance (2002)
  • First Place Sculpture, York Art Association, York, PA (2001)
  • Best in Show, Yorkfest, York, PA, Juror: Mark Ward, American Visionary Art Museum (2001)
  • Best in Show, York Art Association Open Juried, York, PA (1999)
  • Rottler Award of Excellence, York Art Association, York, PA (1999)
  • Second Place Painting, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA, Juror: Judith Stein, International Association of Art Critics (1999)
  • First Place Painting, York College Gallery, York, PA (1997)

Bibliograph

  • Women Artist Datebook, contributor, Syracuse Cultural Workers (2005)
  • Seasons of the Spirit, contributor, Publisher: Wood Lake Books, Inc. (2004)
  • Montgomery Herald, Tammy Dunn, May 19. 2004
  • Baltimore Sun, Making Art of Memories, Glenn McNatt, May 18, 2004
  • Baltimore City Paper, Judeth Pekala Hawkins, Mike Giuliano April 2, 2004
  • York Daily Record, Artist Paints a Journal of Life, Joseph Maldonado, March 14, 2003
  • Intelligencer Journal, Works in Process, Carla Di Fonzo, January 3, 2003

Education

University of Michigan, Bachelor of Fine Art