29 July 2009

Beyond the Garden Path: Tapestry Art by Susan Vida Judah at the New Brunswick Museum


Beyond the Garden Path: Tapestry Art by Susan Vida Judah is part of the continuing series of Know Your Own Artists solo exhibitions at the New Brunswick Museum.  These exhibitions present the work of exceptional New Brunswick contemporary visual artists to the people of New Brunswick. Judah is a tapestry artist best known for large commissioned works found in public spaces.  In this exhibition Judah has turned her imagination toward a more intimate exploration of traditional tapestry techniques. 

In Beyond the Garden Path more than a dozen tapestries and chairs merge to become beautiful and elegant expressions of Susan Vida Judah’s creative vision. Judah upholstered a collection of Victorian and Edwardian chairs with individual tapestries that she designed based on her own garden and memories of her years in Jamaica. 

Trained in England at the Hereford School of Art and the Royal College of Art, Judah is the recipient of the Kjeld and Erica Deichmann Award for Excellence in Craft (2000), the Bene Award (1990); and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (1989). Judah has works in a variety of private and public collections in New Brunswick, England, Austria, Poland, and the Caribbean. She works out of a home studio in Upper Kingsclear, New Brunswick. 

Between 1949 and 1954, the New Brunswick Museum (NBM) presented a series of solo exhibitions entitled Know Your Own Artists.   The series focused on the work of contemporary artists working in the province and introduced them to a wider audience.  In 2007, the NBM revived this program with an on-going series of juried exhibitions of the work of today’s significant New Brunswick professional visual artists. Susan Vida Judah was among the first four artists selected for this continuing Know Your Own Artists series.

New Brunswick Museum Director and CEO Jane Fullerton notes “with the continuation of this series, and the launch of Beyond the Garden Path, visitors will have an opportunity to view the new work of another distinguished contemporary New Brunswick artist.” 

Beyond the Garden Path: Tapestry Art of Susan Vida Judah is produced by the New Brunswick Museum and will be featured until October 18, 2009.

For further information:

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New Brunswick Museum
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