The Arnold Art Gallery in Mason will present a special exhibit of bronze sculptures by Judy Black from January 19 through March 4. Although cast in bronze, the figures in Judy’s art convey a gestural life-like immediacy that expresses her pleasure and empathy for domestic and wild animals often interacting with people. The artist gained first-hand knowledge of the subjects from her lifetime experiences of ranch-life in West Texas, her education and hard work.
Judy Black grew up Crockett County then studied art at Texas Tech University while earning her degree in landscape architecture. She has acquired a foundation in sculpture by studying with Garland Weeks, George Lundeen, Lincoln Fox, Ken Bunn, Ed Fraughton, Jon Zahourek, Fritz white, Richard McDonald, Ned Jacob, Tuck Langland, and Eugene Daub. She has also lived in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in order to study with sculptor Lothar Kastenbaum.
Judy’s work has been exhibited in Society of Animal Artists, the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas, Sculpture In The Park in Loveland, Colorado, and in 1992-2000, her work was exhibited in the Western Regional Show in Cheyenne, Wyoming just to name a few. Judy has also taken home a number of awards and honors including Best Bronze, Western Regional, Cheyenne, Wyoming and the Doris B. Rosser Award for Sculpture, Bosque County Conservatory of Fine Art in Clifton, Texas.
Her work has been represented in galleries in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and California. She has life size and larger bronzes in public spaces in Texas, Colorado, and Hawaii. Her accomplishments have been recognized by membership in the Society of Animal Artists. She is also a member of the Texas Certified Landscape Architects.
After living and working in the sculpture community of Loveland, Colorado for several years, Judy now maintains a studio at the ranch home she shares with husband, Tony Hall, near Junction, Texas.
The Arnold Art Gallery will open the exhibit with a reception for Judy Black from 1:00 to 3:00 on Sunday, January 19. The artist will be present to explain the complex process of creating forms for casting. The public is invited to attend the opening and to see the exhibit until March 4 at the Gallery located across the street from the north side of the Courthouse, 118 Ft. McKavett, 9-5 Monday through Saturday.