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Judy Moonelis

Biography to Display: 

1953 Born Jackson Heights, New York

EDUCATION

1975 BFA Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1978 MFA New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois

Greenwich House, New York, New York

1984-1987 Instructor, The New School, Parsons School of Design, New York, New York

Fairleigh Dickenson University, Teaneck, New Jersey

1978—Studio artist

 

Judy Moonelis is one of a small group of east coast ceramic sculptors, including Judy Fox and Sergei Isupov, who focus on the figure and a larger national group of established sculptors that included Viola Frey, Robert Arneson, Mary Frank, Stephen DeStaebler, Jack Earl, and Robert Brady.  Moonilis draws inspiration from medical and anatomical images. Many of her early sculptures are one-sided slabs with a definite front and back, both surfaces fully articulated and finished different themes. This allowed her to express more than one thought in a piece.  Gradually she began to make pieces to be seen in the round.  Moonelis has always been fascinated with the human body and has used it repeatedly to express her ideas. She has created several bodies of work each related to a human characteristic including memory, listening, touch and breath. By 2014 she was creating large installations that grew out of her research about the inside of the body and how it relates to the outside. She uses a number of clay forming techniques including hand building, wheel throwing, slabs, and pinching.

 In 1991 she was awarded the First Place Prize from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation competition.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Museum of Art, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Rockford College Art Gallery, Rockford, Illinois

Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Arts, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, California

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Brown, Glen. “Engaging Science: Generating a Genre.” Ceramics Art and Perception, no. 65 (2006).

Clark, Garth. American Ceramics: 1876 to the Present, revised edition. New York, NY: Abbeville Press Publishers, 1987.

Clowes, Judy and Bruce Pepich. The Nude, Judy Moonelis. Chicago, IL: Perimeter Gallery, 1995.

DelVecchio, Mark. Post Modern Ceramics, New York, NY: Thames and Hudson, 2001.

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Kopp, Linda. The Best 500 Ceramics. New York, NY: Lark Crafts/Sterling Publishing, 2012.

Levin, Elaine. The History of American Ceramics: from Pipkins and Bean Pots to Contemporary Forms, 1607 to the Present. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 1988.

McFadden, David and Ursula Neuman. Corporal Identity. : 9th Triennial. New York, NY: Museum of Arts and Design, 2003.

Nos, Gnosis. “Crossing the Boundaries of intimacy”  American Ceramics 5, no. 2 (1986): 18-27.

Perry, Barbara. American Ceramics: The Collection of the Everson Museum of Art. New York, NY: Rizzoli International Publishers, 1989.

Stein, Judith. “Judy Moonelis.” American Ceramics 1 (Summer 1982): 60-61.

Winter, David. “Judy Moonelis.” Artnews 85 (January 1986): 111.

 

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Elaine Levin Archives, University of Southern California

Website(s):

www.judymoonelis.com

 

Typical Marks
1983
1989
1989-1990
1996
Good and Evil
Date: 1983
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Surface Technique: Underglaze
E. John Bullard Collection
Photo: Courtesy of The Nevica Project
E. John Bullard Collection
Double Figure
Date: 1989
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, lot 159, April 16, 2016
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, lot 159, April 16, 2016
Window
Date: 1989-1990
Form: Sculpture
Method: Carved, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Stain
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, lot 141, April 16, 2016
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, lot 141, April 16, 2016
Memory Project-Jimmy Clark-44
Date: 1996
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Carved, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Oil Paint
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Photo: TMP
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Sculpture
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 23, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/moonelis