Judith Modrak is a New York-based artist exploring scientific advances that increase our understanding of psychological and neurological interior landscapes, including the nature of memory, brain physiology, and the experience of emotion. The sculpted biomorphic and anthropomorphic figures, woven with personal narratives and messages of hope and despair, offer deeply human embodiments of psychological and emotional states while addressing universal issues of empathy, cognition, aging and mental illness.
Modrak’s work has exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries and museums throughout the United States including Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the Trenton Art Museum, Point Park University, the Palm Beach Art Armory, the Woodstock Museum, and the Hartnett Gallery. Modrak has received a chashama/National Endowment for the Arts grant and two gold medals in sculpture from the National Association of Women Artists, among other awards. The documentary Memories Recorded, Memories Stored, about Modrak’s project Our Memories won Best Science and Education Documentary at the Madrid International Film Festival in 2017.
Her work has been featured and reviewed in various art, science, and news publications, including Scientific American, The Seaside Times, The Rochester Review, SciArt Magazine and The Pittsburgh-Tribune. Judith exhibits with a number of non-profits and galleries in New York City and New Jersey. Her work is in many private collections throughout the United States and Canada.
Grants, Awards & Honors
• New Arts Program 2019 A.I.R. Artist Recipient.
• “Memories Recorded, Memories Stored,” Best Science and Education Documentary, Madrid International Film Festival, 2017.
• “Memories Recorded, Memories Stored,” Queens World Film Festival, 2017.
• Escape2Create Artist Residency, 2017.
• Linda H. Orfield Memorial Award, 2015.
• The Nicholas Buhalis Award for Artistic Excellence in Abstract/Figurative or Figurative Work, 2014.
• N.A.W.A. 124th Medal of Honor and Margo Liebes Harris Memorial Award for Sculpture, 2013.
• chashama/NEA support grant, 2013.
• N.A.W.A. 123rd Medal of Honor and Margo Liebes Harris Memorial Award for Sculpture, 2012.
• 2nd Prize, A Different Point of View, 2012.
• Participant in the Artists Summer Institute, sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Creative Capital, 2012.
• Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy, Fundamental Filaments in Sculptural Form, February, 2018.
• Scientific American, When Two (Disciplines) Become One: Reflections on the Convergence of Art and Science, January, 2018.
• Sci Art Magazine, Is Sci Art the New Outsider Art?, December, 2017.
• Go to the Beach, A Surprise Around Every Sand Dune, May, 2017.
• Art the Science, Creators– Judith Modrak, April, 2017.
• Seaside Times, Escape to Create, January, January, 2017.
• Art the Science, Works- Dendrites by Judith Modrak, November, 2016.
• Rochester Review, An Artist’s Homecoming, September/October, 2016.
• Interalia Magazine, Dendrites and Memories, September, 2016.
• Gothamist, Photos: Historic Buildings On Governors Island Now Filled With Art, September, 2016.
• Sino Vision, The Interactive Artwork of Judith Modrak, September, 2016.
• ASCI, Interview, September, 2015.
• SciArt Magazine, Interview, June/July issue, 2015.
• Professional Artist Magazine, Ace Your Next Art Show, December 2014/January 2015.
• Sculpture Magazine, Dendrites Highlighted in the May Issue of Sculpture Magazine for the Verge Art Fair, May, 2014.
• Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Exhibit offers unique “Visions” from women artists, April, 2014.
• Columbia Journalist, Facing uncertainty, a New York artist stands strong, January, 2014.
• Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Exhibit shows how female artists see things differently, April 23, 2012.
• Judith Modrak in “Memories Recorded, Memories Stored” documentary, directed by Jake Alexander McAfee, 2017
• Judith Modrak interviewed as part of Verge Art Fair in SoHo by Michael Workman, Verge Founder, 2014.
• Judith Modrak interviewed by Marie Hines Cowan, President of The National Association of Women Artists, in conjunction with winning the Medal of Honor, 2013.
• Judith Modrak interviewed as part of The Hive documentary, 2013.
Talks & Presentations
• Panelist for “The Intersection of Art and Science”, for Women in Bio, July, 2017.
• Artist Talk as part of “From the Inside Out: two perspectives on memories and emotions”, for studio visit with University of Rochester New York Metro Women, March, 2017.
• Artist Talk as part of Escape to Create A.I.R., Nature as Muse, at The Repertory Theatre, February, 2017.
• Artist Talk as part of Escape to Create A.I.R., at The Seaside Middle School, February, 2017.
• Artist Talk as part of Escape to Create A.I.R., at Gulf Coast State College, February, 2017.
• Artist Talk as part of Studio Visit with Rutgers STEAM program students, January, 2017.
• Panelist for “The Mind’s Eye: The Art & Science of Awareness”, for SciArt Center, December, 2016.
• Artist Talk as part of Fundamental Filaments at Hartnett Gallery, October, 2016.
• Artist Talk as part of International Sculpture Day, April, 2016.
• Artist Talk as part of MinArture at Midday Gallery, November, 2014.
• Artist Talk as part of Who’s Your Mama panel at Monmouth Museum, October 2014.
• Artist Talk as part of Imprints at chashama Gallery, September, 2013.
• Artist Talk as part of ABC No Rio Screening, July, 2013.
• Artist Talk as part of 3 at Midday Gallery and the Englewood Fall Gallery Walk, October, 2012.
• Artist Panelist as part of Ev(e)olution at the Riverside Public Library, March, 2012.
• Artist Talk as part of the Union Square Meetup Artist Spotlight, February, 2012.
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California.
BFA in Painting, Merit Scholarship.
University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.
BA in Studio Art, Merit Scholarship.