Judy Munro

Judy Munro

Profile | Statement | Biography


Judy Munro • Profile

 

Judy Munro

Quick to discern the features of physical nature, Judy Munro creates expressionist studies and landscapes with a painterly touch and a keen eye for staging. “Summer trips, bracketed with endless fluid roadside montages” are the childhood remnants that influence her work.

The open space and atmosphere of her landscapes are infused with a restorative vivacity, roads suggest a journey from somewhere, and tree-lined avenues offer a further destination into woods or fields.  Working more swiftly than in her figure paintings, Munro lays down her paints alla prima, blocking out her compositions, contrasting sculptural and flat areas. Her landscapes vary from vivid naturalism to embellished color and pattern. Within tree-filled spaces, trunks run from the bottom to the top of the canvases, providing both structure and spatial complexity. 

Judy Munro has been painting as far back as she can remember. After graduating from Cass Technical High School, she went on to attend Pratt Institute in New York, and later returned home to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Wayne State University in Detroit.


Judy Munro • Statement


Landscape Statement

My landscapes are a combination of observation, imagination and “memory fragments”.  I recall summer trips, bracketed with endless, fluid roadside montages. Fields and farmland, forests and sky, melting into ribbons of color and texture as we passed, on our way to anywhere in Michigan.

I remember forest treks into magnificent cathedrals of nature’s stillness, trees so tall they gobbled up the sky, allowing only occasional shafts of sunlight to pierce their canopy and create altars on the forest floor, while patches of light lay strewn like gold coins, creating paths that beckoned you to venture deeper into the woods.

There were cottage vacations spent lakeside where we ended every day huddled in wool blankets on a shore or dock, late in the evening, breathing in the cool summer dampness, while the night sky put on a show of light and stars. The shared darkness seemed sacred and comforting and the vast blackness of the lake was made “safe” by the glow from the cottage lights and campfires of other vacationers.

These are just some of the remembered impressions repeatedly encoded in so many of my landscapes.


Judy Munro • Biography

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
"Freshly Considered", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2016
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2015
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

"Look Out", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
   
"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

"Lookie Here", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2014
“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“URBAN/RURAL Michigan Outlook”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

“Unusual Suspects”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

“Hop Skip & a Jump”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

2013   
“The Portrait”, Anton Art Center, Mount Clemens, MI

“Pure Genius”, River’s Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, MI

2012   
“Connectivity” Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame, Lansing, MI

“The Michigan 4”, Huron Valley Council for the Arts, Highland, MI

“NOWWOW”, Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH

“Our Rivers, Our Lakes”, Grosse Pointe Art Center, Grosse Pointe, MI

“Members Biennial Exhibition”, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI

“This Just In”, Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH

“Some Kind of Wonderful”, Grand Gallery, Ada, MI

“All Members Show”, Orion Art Center, Lake Orion, MI

“38th Annual Michigan Exhibition”, Anton Art Center, Mount Clemens, MI

2011    
“Face To Face”, Huron Valley Council for the Arts, Highland, MI

“Faces and Places”, The City Gallery, Mount Clemens, MI

“First Annual All Members Show”, Orion Art Center, Lake Orion, MI

2010   
“University of Michigan Health System”, Taubman South Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

“Fourth Annual Michigan Portraits & Pottery Show”, Orion Art Center, Lake Orion, MI

“Our Town Art Show”, The Community House, Birmingham, MI

“From Our Perspectives” National Women’s Art Exhibition, Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills, MI

“Our Rivers, Our Lakes”, Grosse Pointe Art Center, Grosse Pointe, MI

“Faces” Firebrick Gallery, Rochester, MI

“Members Biennial Exhibition”, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI

“72nd Annual Member Show”, Grosse Pointe Art Center, Grosse Pointe, MI

“36th Annual Michigan Exhibition”, Anton Art Center, Mount Clemens, MI

2009   
“49th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition”, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, MI

1980   
“Art Is a Gift”, Gallery 840, Detroit, MI

“Artists We Have Known”, Gallery 840, Detroit, MI

1975    
“39th Annual Midyear Show”, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

HONORS AND AWARDS

2012   
Third Place, 38th Annual Michigan Exhibition, Mount Clemens, MI

1975    
First Place, Michigan Art Festival, Livonia, MI

1971    
Second Place, Michigan Art Festival, Livonia, MI

1965    
Scholarship, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

EDUCATION

1983    
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

1965-68     
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

COLLECTIONS

Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, Sacramento, CA

Henry Ford Health System, Macomb, MI

Crittenton Cancer Treatment Center, Rochester Hills, MI

PUBLICATIONS

2012   
“Three local artists featured at Hudson Gallery”, Toledo Free Press

“Eyes On: Landscapes”, Blaze Hill Press

“Shaken and Stirred”, Detroit News

2011    
“Artist re-emerges after life in corporate world”, Oakland Press

“SAC looks toward spring”, Argus Press

“Michigan memories motivate artist in second stage of career”, Sterling Heights Sentry