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Judith Benderson: Paintings

 
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"I am interested in the invisible currents which constantly push and pull at us."

Judith Benderson exhibits in the Washington, DC area, most recently at American University’s Katzen Arts Center in both the AU Museum and the Katzen Rotunda, at DC Arts Center, and at BlackRock Center for the Arts, and previously participated in public art projects including DC Party Animals and Color Field Remix.   She was the Cultural Property Law Enforcement Coordinator at the Justice Department with responsibility in area of law enforcement for art theft and artifact smuggling, as well as doing appraisals for the FBI Art Theft Program.  Benderson has a JD from American University, a BA and an MFA from George Washington University, and is certified in fine and decorative arts appraisal.   She organized the 2018 Washington Women’s Arts Center  (WWAC)  retrospective, Latitude, at the American University Museum.   In the 1970s and 80s, Benderson was a board member and Managing Director of WWAC.   In 1986 she was a founding board member of Rockville Arts Place, now VisArts, and later served as co-President.

 

Judith's Portfolio

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Persephone
Persephone

2021 acrylic on canvas 48x56"

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The Mirror
The Mirror

acrylic 30x40" 2019

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Flashback: Bits & Masterpieces
Flashback: Bits & Masterpieces

48x56" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Impeachment Garden
Impeachment Garden

acrylic on canvas 50x56” 2020

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Begin Again
Begin Again

acrylic on canvas 48x56” 2020

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Untitled
Untitled

24x36” acrylic on canvas 2020

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Wintry Mix
Wintry Mix

30x40" acrylic on canvas 2020

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Hope Is the Thing with Feathers
Hope Is the Thing with Feathers

acrylic on canvas 30x40" 2019

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Searching for My Soul
Searching for My Soul

acrylic 30x40" 2019

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Hope
Hope

acrylic on canvas 30x40" 2019

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Purple Iris
Purple Iris

24x72" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Thinking
Thinking

acrylic on canvas 14x18" 2019

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Icy Night
Icy Night

12x16" acrylic on canvas 2018

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The Ancients
The Ancients

12x16" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Shattered
Shattered

acrylic on canvas 20x28" 2019

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Blood Lilies
Blood Lilies

24x24" acrylic on canvas 2018

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After the Destruction
After the Destruction

24x24" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Star Struck
Star Struck

30x30" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Luminescent Effervescence
Luminescent Effervescence

30x40" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Flower
Flower

acrylic on canvas 20x20" 2019

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Toys
Toys

acrylic on canvas 16x18" 2019

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Turbulent Flower
Turbulent Flower

18x18" acrylic on canvas 2015

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Luminous Antiquity
Luminous Antiquity

24x24" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Something is Growing
Something is Growing

acrylic on canvas 18x24" 2019

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After Olitsky
After Olitsky

24x24" acrylic on canvas 2012

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Path or Past
Path or Past

30x40" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Turbulent Vortex
Turbulent Vortex

30x30" acrylic on canvas 2012

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Turquoise Spirit
Turquoise Spirit

10x10" acrylic on canvas 2002

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Calgary Silhouette  ("Are We Out West Yet?")
Calgary Silhouette ("Are We Out West Yet?")

12x12" acrylic on canvas, 4 individual 6x6" panels 2001

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I Dreamed of Petra
I Dreamed of Petra

30x40" acrylic on canvas 2016

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Turbulence Riding the Wind
Turbulence Riding the Wind

36x48" acrylic on canvas

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Turbulence 9 & 10
Turbulence 9 & 10

acrylic on two individual 4x4' shaped wood panels

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Untitled in San Miguel
Untitled in San Miguel

16x16" acrylic on canvas 2008

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Vincent in San Miguel
Vincent in San Miguel

16x16" acrylic on canvas 2008

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Burst
Burst

9x12" acrylic on canvas 2001

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Turbulence 3
Turbulence 3

8x8" acrylic on panel 2000

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Sunburst
Sunburst

9x12" acrylic on canvas 2002

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Pink Campfire
Pink Campfire

10x10" acrylic on canvas 2002

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Red Sky with Snakes
Red Sky with Snakes

11x14" acrylic on canvas 2002

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Nantucket Snakes
Nantucket Snakes

9x12" acrylic on canvas 2002

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Leonardo Hands
Leonardo Hands

9x12" acrylic on canvas 2001

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Breaking Water
Breaking Water

acrylic on canvas: Series of 56 9x12" panels and 1 center 18 x 24" panel with theme of reproduction and fertility 1999

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Breaking Water (detail)
Breaking Water (detail)

acrylic on canvas

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After William Blake
After William Blake

9x12" acrylic on canvas 1999

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Bondage
Bondage

9x12" acrylic on canvas 1999

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Despairing Angels
Despairing Angels

9x12" acrylic on canvas 1999

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Fire in the Blood
Fire in the Blood

48x56" acrylic on canvas 1992

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Daughter of Romance
Daughter of Romance

48x56" acrylic on canvas 1984

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Violence is Blue
Violence is Blue

48x56" acrylic on canvas 1992

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Wings for Lisa
Wings for Lisa

48x56" acrylic on canvas 1991

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Wings & Roses
Wings & Roses

16x20" acrylic on canvas 2020

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Untitled
Untitled

12x12" acrylic on canvas 2020

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Yehudit
Yehudit

12x12" acrylic on canvas 2020

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Shin
Shin

9x12" acrylic on canvas 2020

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Alef
Alef

10x10" acrylic on canvas 2020

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Tzade
Tzade

10x10" acrylic on canvas 2020

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Ancients
Ancients

12x12" acrylic on canvas 2020

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It's Alive!
It's Alive!

30x40" acrylic on canvas 2019

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Forest Floor
Forest Floor

2021 acrylic on canvas 18x24"

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Carnival
Carnival

2021 acrylic on canvas 48x48'

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Judith's Portfolio II

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Wired
Wired

12x12" acrylic on canvas

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Melting Snow
Melting Snow

12x12" acrylic on canvas

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Twisting
Twisting

9x12" acrylic on canvas

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Turbulence 8a
Turbulence 8a

12x12" acrylic on canvas

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Turbulence 6
Turbulence 6

9x9" acrylic

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Turbulence 7
Turbulence 7

9x9" acrylic on canvas

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Turbulence 4
Turbulence 4

acrylic

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Turbulence 5.jpg
Turbulence 5.jpg

acrylic

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Turbulence 1
Turbulence 1

acrylic

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Turbulence 2
Turbulence 2

acrylic

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Twister
Twister

9x12" acrylic on canvas

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Newspaper
Newspaper

12x12" acrylic on canvas

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Moe
Moe

12x12" photographic collage 2018

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Red Snakes
Red Snakes

12x12" acrylic on canvas

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Meaning2
Meaning2

14x14" acrylic on canvas

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Meaning
Meaning

14x14" acrylic on canvas

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Garden Party Animal
Garden Party Animal

painted fiberglass sculpture for DC Party Animals Project 2002

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Leopard Moth
Leopard Moth

36x48" acrylic on canvas 1994

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Looking Down
Looking Down

24x24" acrylic on canvas 2017

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Tornado
Tornado

16x16" acrylic on panel

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Art Watch Cards for Holy Cross 1 2020
Art Watch Cards for Holy Cross 1 2020

4x6" individual cards acrylic on paper 2020

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Art Watch Cards for Holy Cross 2  2020
Art Watch Cards for Holy Cross 2 2020

4x6" individual cards acrylic on paper 2020

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I Will Kiss You a Butterfly
I Will Kiss You a Butterfly

48x56" acrylic on canvas 1991

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Forces
Forces

21st century acrylic on board 18x18"

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Events, Old and New

Enduring Visions: Arts Spaces in Washington 1975-1996

Collaboration between the National Gallery of Art and the DC  Public Library

Art Exhibit

January 11, 2020  2-3:30 p.m.
Shaw Neighborhood Library
1630 7th Street, NW, Washington DC

Enduring Visions: Arts Spaces in Washington 1975-1996

Part 3 of Space Was the Place collaboration between the National Gallery of Art and the DC Public Library regarding the histories of defunct arts spaces in Washington, DC, featuring the Washington Women’s Arts Center.  Speakers include Ray Barker,

Judith Benderson, & Lucy Blankstein.

Latitude: Washington Women’s Arts Center at American University Museum at Katzen Center

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July 21, 2018

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A discussion to accompany the Summer 2018 Alper Initiative exhibition at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, "Latitude: The Washington Women's Arts Center," on view June 16-August 12, 2018. Judith Benderson, Taina Litwak, and Barbara Frank joined the exhibition’s curator, Francoise Yohalem for a panel discussion that looked back at the history of the Washington Women’s Arts Center and its influence on the Washington art scene that is still felt today.

1460 Wallmountables at DC Arts Center, Washington, DC

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August 8 - October 18, 2020
July 26 - August 16, 2019
June 29 - August 10, 2018 
July 21 - September 10, 2017

1460 Wallmountables at DC Arts Center, Washington, DC.  July 21 – September 10, 2017:  “Judith Benderson evokes depth and motion with a series of paintings of mostly white patterns on black backgrounds. Where many of the show's contributors draw on pop culture and personal concerns, Benderson invokes the forces of the universe.”  From Mark Jenkins, "In the Galleries," Washington Post, September 1, 2017.

Group 93 at Katzen Center Rotunda, Washington, DC.

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September 18 - October 20, 2019 and

September 22 - October 22, 2018

Group 93: American University Faculty Emerati, Alumni, & Guests, Curated by Professor Emeritus Luciano Penay.

Artist's statement: "I seek order in the physical and emotional turbulence within which we live."

BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

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November 10 - December 15, 2018

ONE HOUSE PROJECT EXHIBIT 
Panels Created by Artists and Community Members to Pay Tribute to Ancestors’ or Personal Immigration Stories

A Gallery Of One’s Own: How The Washington Women’s Arts Center Created A Home For D.C.’s Creative Women

Fire in the Blood

July 25, 2018

How The Washington Women’s Arts Center Created A Home For D.C.’s Creative Women 

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Voices of the Washington Women's Arts Center

Judy-Interview

June 2, 2018

Interview with Judith Benderson, a painter at the Washington Women's Arts Center.

Radio Interview on "The World of Work with Shep Cohen," WDVR fm 

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November 2, 2018

Listen to the radio interview here.

D.C. Mondays at the Museum 

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC

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January 28, 2019

Former Managing Director Judith Benderson reflected on her time at the Washington Women’s Arts Center. She discussed recent efforts to include the organization’s history as a part of the legacy of D.C. artists in American University’s summer 2018 exhibition Latitude: The Washington Women’s Arts Center 1975–1987.

This program is part of the D.C. Mondays at the Museum series organized in cooperation with the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies. 

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National Museum of Women in the Arts

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October 25, 2017

Women artists in Washington, DC area at National Museum of Women in the Arts  (Judy is in the middle circled in red), directory: nowbehereart.com/artist/judith-benderson

Meditations & Epiphanies

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December 2, 2019-January 31, 2020

Betty Mae Kramer Gallery

1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD

East City Art

Culture Spot MC

ArtWatch Project Thank You Cards for Hospital Workers, 2020

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