New York sculptor Judith Modrak is fascinated with scientific advances that increase our understanding of the mechanisms that trigger and regulate thought, action, memory and feelings. Her sculpted figurative forms, embedded with messages of hope and despair, seek to decode inner psychological and emotive worlds as she tackles universal issues of empathy, cognition, aging and mental illness.
She has exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries, museums and art fairs throughout the United States, including Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the Trenton Art Museum, Point Park University, the Woodstock Museum, Art New York (part of Art Frieze), Governors Island and most recently a solo exhibition at the University of Rochester’s 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.
Her work has been featured and reviewed in literary, scientific and news publications, including SciArt, ASCI, Sculpture Magazine, Rochester Review and The Pittsburgh-Tribune. She has a permanent installation at the ABC No Rio Art Center in New York City and her work is in many private collections throughout the United States. Judith exhibits with Midday Gallery in Englewood, NJ and a number of non-profits in New York City.
Awards & Honors
• “Memories Recorded, Memories Stored,” 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.
• 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 in America, 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
• Artist Talk as part of Studio Visit with University of Rochester New York Metro Women, March, 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 exhibition 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.