JUDITH PRATT



Biography


Judith Pratt is an installation artist. She holds an MFA from American University in Washington, DC and an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History from Christie's Education, New York. During her graduate studies, she also served as curatorial assistant at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York.


Pratt’s installations connect history, identity, and the topography of Central Virginia's Piedmont region where she was born and raised. Her work references the expansive natural beauty as well as the turbulent history of the region. It also alludes to centuries of chattel slavery, brutal Civil War battles, and the ongoing impact of racism and white supremacy. Pratt's tightly-constructed drawings echo detailed topographical maps, while her incised sculptural works are formed of Lenox 100 paper, a material made entirely of domestic cotton that refers to the racial transgressions of the South.


Pratt was selected as a 2020 Semifinalist for the Sondheim Artscape Prize. Her work will also be exhibited in the upcoming Taubman Museum’s 2020 Triennial, Homeward Bound (Curator: Nandini Makrandi). Recently, her work was included in Arlington Arts Center’s first Biennial, Assembly (Curator: Blair Murphy) and The Athenaeum’s Notes of Color exhibition (Juror: Molly Berger Salah, National Gallery of Art). Pratt’s recent solo exhibitions include Second Street Gallery, Phillip Johnson Towers Crescent Gallery, International Arts & Artists at Hillyer, The Alexandria Commission for the Arts, City of Alexandria, and others. Her work is contained in the collections of Abramson & Associates, Cerberonics Corporation, GTE Telenet Corporation, Lockheed Corporation, Rozansky and Kay Corporation, as well as numerous private collections. She also received a Purchase Award for her work juried by Olga Hirshhorn for Abramson & Associates, Washington, DC.


Pratt was awarded residencies at Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France, the University of Virginia's Mountain Lake Biological Station in Pembroke, Virginia, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia. Her work has been reviewed in ARTnews, The Washington Post, Hyperallergic, and East City Art. She is Vice Chair and Program Chair of the Washington Sculptors Group, a 400-member organization that serves artists in the greater Washington, DC region. She lives and works in the Washington, DC area.