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 reflection and reiteration of the positive shapes and negative spaces  of the final images and those in the underpainting.

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.

As a child in my home near Detroit, I was always coloring and cutting things up. This constant  curiosity and desire to make things led me to earning my BFA from the University of Michigan in  1973.

For a time, I settled in Baltimore, MD 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.

Judeth Pekala Hawkins :: Visual Artist
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, looser ideas and see where the images suggest a visual decision. 

Exhibitions, Grants, and Awards

  • Heart Cafe, Marietta, PA (2018)
  • Creative York Gallery, York, PA  (2017)
  • Cab Gallery, York, PA (2017)
  • Lansdale Hospital/North Penn Art, Lansdale, PA (2016)
  • York Outdoor Country Club, York, PA (2015)
  • Catherine Starr Gallery, Beaufort, SC (2014)
  • North Gallery, Harrisburg, PA (2013)
  • Barnstone Gallery, Phoenixville, 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, Harrrisburg, 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)
  • Gallery 234, Spring Group Exhibition, York, PA (2020)
  • Gallery 234, Artist’s Choice, York, PA, (2019)
  • Creative York Gallery, Blue, York, PA (2019)
  • Creative York Gallery, Identity, York, PA (2019)
  • Studio Gallery 234, Fall Group Exhibition, York, PA (2018)
  • Creative York, Aquanaut, York, PA (2016)
  • Makers Dozen, York, PA (2015)
  • Keystone Art & Culture Center, Lancaster PA (2014)
  • YorkArts Gallery, Biological Aesthetics, York, PA (2011)
  • York Art Association, Four Women Paint, York, PA (2010)
  • Oriet’s Fine Art, Baltimore, MD (2010)
  • Garth Gallery, Columbia, PA (2010)
  • Oriet’s Fine Art. Baltimore, MD (2009)
  • CityArt, York PA (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 (2003)
  • Central Market Art Gallery, Lancaster, PA (2003)
  • Lancaster Gallery Walk, Lancaster, PA (2001)
  • York Art Association, York, PA (2000)
  • York Art Association, York, PA (2019)
  • Creative York Gallery, York, PA (2017)
  • York Art Association, York, PA (2017)
  • Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA (2015)
  • Sidetracks Gallery, New Hope, PA (2014)
  • YorkArts Gallery, Yorkfest, York, PA (2010)
  • York Art Association, York, PA (2009)
  • Columbia Art Center, Columbia, MD (2007)
  • Annenburg Conference Center, Philadelphia, PA (2005)
  • YorkArts Gallery, York, PA (2004)
  • State Museum of PA, Art of the State, Harrisburg, PA (2003)
  • Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC (2002)
  • 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)
  • Creative Aging, PA Council for the Arts, Mt. Wolf, PA (2017-20)
  • HersheyCenter Stage, Workshops for Cancer Patients, Hershey, PA (2016-20)
  • Creative Aging, PA Council for the Arts, Red Lion, PA (2016-20)
  • Creative Aging, PA Council for the Arts,, Littlestown, PA (2019)
  • Nixon Park, Art in Nature Workshops, York, PA (2019)
  • Award of Excellence, YAA, York, PA (2018)
  • First Place, Creative York, York PA (2016)
  • TAP Institute Consultant, Harrisburg, PA (2016)
  • TAP and LTR Review Panel, PA Council for the Arts (2016)
  • Advocates for Success, Workshops for Young Adults with Autism, Towson, MD (2016)
  • PA Council for the Arts, YARC, York, PA (2016)
  • Award of Excellence, YorkArts Gallery, York, PA (2015)
  • Arts in Ed, PA Council for the Arts, YARC, York, PA (2015)
  • Arts in Ed, PA Council for the Arts, LIUMEP, Gettysburg, PA (2007-15)
  • Arts in Ed, PA Council for the Arts, Fairfield, PA (2014)
  • Arts in Ed, PA Council for the Arts, Glen Rock, PA (2014)
  • TAP Grant, PA Council for the Arts, Red Lion, PA (2011)
  • Arts in Ed. Perry Co. Council for the Arts, Perry County, PA (2004,9-10)
  • TAP Grant, PA Council for the Arts, Red Lion, PA (2010)
  • Arts in Ed. PA Council for the Arts, Charles X. Carlson Trust, Quarryville, PA (2006-10)
  • TAP Grant, PA Council for the Arts, Harrisburg, PA (2009)
  • Arts in Ed, PA Council for the Arts, Middleburg, PA (2008)
  • Arts in Ed. PA Council for the Arts, Millerstown, PA (2006)
  • Milton Hershey School, Hershey, PA (2006)
  • Art Endures Award, Art Endures Exhibit, Haverford, PA (2006)
  • Award of Excellence, Yorkarts Gallery, York, PA, Juror: Amy Eva Raehse, Goya Contemporary (2005)
  • Award of Excellence, Yorkarts Gallery, York, PA, Juror: Kimberly Camp,The Barnes Foundation (2004)
  • Honorable Mention, Lancaster, PA, Juror: N. Lee Stevens, State Museum of PA (2003)
  • Award of Excellence, 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)
  • 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

University of Michigan, Bachelor of Fine Art