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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 I

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Persephone
Persephone

2021 acrylic on canvas 48x56"

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It's All About the Dots.jpeg
The Mirror

acrylic 30x40" 2019

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Calgary Siihouette.jpeg
Flashback: Bits & Masterpieces

48x56" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Window Panes.jpeg
Impeachment Garden

acrylic on canvas 50x56" 2020

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Still Life.jpeg
Begin Again

acrylic on canvas 48x56" 2020

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Thinking
Black Tree

acrylic on canvas 48x58"

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Toys
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24x36"acrylic on canvas 2020

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Something is Growing
Scheherezade

acrylic on canvas 48x56"

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Wintry Mix

30x40" acrylic on canvas 2020

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Hope Is the Thing with Feathers

acrylic on canvas 30x40" 2019

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Searching for My Soul

acrylic 30x40" 2019

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Breaking Water (detail)
The Spirit of My Lost Brothers (Kenny, Bob and George)

acrylic on canvas 30x40"

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Hope

acrylic on canvas 30x40" 2019

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Twisting
Purple Iris

24x72" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Turbulence 8a
Chinese Butterfly

12x12" acrylic on canvas

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Turbulence 6
Icy Night

12x16" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Turbulence 7
The Ancients

12x16" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Turbulence 4
Shattered

acrylic on canvas 20x26" 2019

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Turbulence 1
Blood Lilies

24x24" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Turbulence 2
After the Destruction

24x24" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Twister
Star Struck

30x30" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Newspaper
Luminescent Effervescence

30x40" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Moe
Flower

20x20" acrylic on canvas 2019

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Red Snakes
Garden

12x12" acrylic on canvas

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Meaning2
Bouquet

12x12" acrylic on canvas

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Meaning
Turbulent Flower

18x18" acrylic on canvas 2015

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Garden Party Animal
Luminous Antiquity

24x24" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Leopard Moth
After Olitsky

24x24" acrylic on canvas 2012

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Looking Down
Path or Past

30x40" acrylic on canvas 2018

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Tornado
Turbulent Vortex

30x30" acrylic on canvas 2012

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Art Watch Cards for Holy Cross 1 2020
Turquoise Spirit

10x10" acrylic on canvas 2002

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

12x16"

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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 2-4x4' wood panels

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Untitled
Untitled

12x12"

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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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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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After William Blake
After William Blake
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Despairing Angels
Despairing Angels
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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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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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It's All About the Dots.jpeg
It's All About the Dots

12x12"

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Calgary Siihouette.jpeg
Calgary Siihouette

9x12"

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Window Panes.jpeg
Window Panes

9x12"

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Still Life.jpeg
Still Life

12x16"

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Thinking
Thinking

acrylic on canvas 14x18" 2019

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Toys
Toys

acrylic on canvas 16x18" 2019

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Something is Growing
Something is Growing

acrylic on canvas 18x24" 2019

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Turbulence 3.jpg
Turbulence 3.jpg
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bondage.jpeg
bondage.jpeg
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breaking water.jpeg
breaking water.jpeg
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Breaking Water (detail)
Breaking Water (detail)

acrylic on canvas

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It's Alive!  30x40_  2019.jpg
It's Alive! 30x40_ 2019.jpg
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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

International Women’s Month Exhibit
Friendship Heights Village Center

February 28 - March 20, 2022

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Oasis Gallery 
Montgomery Art Association Members Show

January 10 - April 15, 2022

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Friendship Heights Village Center Holiday Exhibit 
Honorable Mention for “The Spirit of My Lost Brothers” (left).
December 2021

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Chevy Chase Artists Art Walk
Preview event here.
October 23-24, 2021

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Enduring Visions: Arts Spaces in Washington 1975-1996
January 11, 2020

Art Exhibit
Event-Wash Women Art Center

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.

Shaw Public Library hosted Part 3 of "Space Was the Place," a collaboration between the National Gallery of Art and the DC  Public Library  regarding histories of defunct arts spaces in DC, featuring the Washington Women's Art Center.
Speakers include Ray Barker, Judith Benderson & Lucy Blankstein.

1460 Wallmountables
DC Arts Center

2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021

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"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."
                            --Mark Jenkins
                              Washington Post, In the Galleries
                              September 1, 2017

Group 93 at Katzen Center Rotunda
Washington DC

2018, 2019, and 2021

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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

November 10-December 15, 2018

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A Gallery of One’s Own: How The Washington Women’s Arts Center Created a Home for D.C.’s Creative Women
Listen live
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July 2018

Fire in the Blood

Voices of the Washington Women's Arts Center
Interview here.
June 2018

Judy-Interview

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

November 2018

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The George Washington University Museum and
The Textile Museum, DC

January 2019

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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 DC artists in American University's summer 2018 exhibition Latitude: The Washington Women's Arts Center 1975-1987.

This program is part of the DC 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, DC
October 2017

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Women artists in the Washington DC area gather at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. (Judy is in the middle, circled in red.)

Meditations & Epiphanies
Betty Mae Kramer Gallery
Silver Spring, MD

December 2019- January 2020

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ArtWatch Project
Thank You Cards for Hospital Workers

 2020

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