Judith Schaechter

Judith Schaechter was born in Newton, Massachusetts, in 1961. She lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Educated at Rhode Island School of Design, Schaechter discovered in stained glass her unique creative voice. The artist’s light boxes are comprised of multi-layered flash glass that has been cut and ground smooth, then variously painted, sandblasted, filed, and engraved, resulting in incredibly detailed yet ambiguous narratives that bridge past centuries with the present. Schaechter employs traditional copper foil and soldering techniques, balancing both practice and medium that hearkens back to the Middle Ages with contemporary iconography. Schaechter is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Smithsonian Institute of American Art, Washington, DC, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, de Young Museum, San Francisco, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec, the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Corning Museum, Corning, New York, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, and many other prestigious institutions. The artist’s work was included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial and the 2011 Venice Biennale. She is the recipient of a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship, a USA Artists Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Award, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, and two nea grants.

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