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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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Events, Old and New

Enduring Visions: Arts Spaces in Washington 1975-1996

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

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

Event-Wash Women Art Center

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

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.

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

November 10 - December 15, 2018

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

July 25, 2018

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

Read more here.

Voices of the Washington Women's Arts Center


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 


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

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. 


National Museum of Women in the Arts


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

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



©2021 by Judith Benderson.