Collection Spotlight: DeForrest Judd Art Work and Papers

DeForrest H. Judd, a native of Hartsgrove, Ohio, lived most of his life in Dallas working as an artist and teaching at Southern Methodist University. Judd’s keen observation of everyday life and nature influenced him to paint, draw, and print his interpretations onto canvas, paper, and copper enamels. As a professional artist and teacher, Judd taught numerous students at SMU and at summer workshops in Arkansas, New Mexico, and Texas. The collection includes artwork, clippings, correspondence, documents, photographs, published works, and publicity relating to his art and teaching career. The sketchbooks concentrate on Judd’s trips to Colorado, the Gulf Coast, Caddo Lake, New Mexico, the Big Bend, and the Hill Country in Texas.

The Judd collection consists of four scrapbooks documenting his career from 1936 – 1990, one painting record notebook, nine sketchbooks, seven copper enameled pieces, three rocks from the artist’s studio in Dallas, one small wood sculpture by the artist, ten works of art on paper; and a small amount of archival material including clippings, correspondence, documents, photographs, publicity, and exhibition catalogs. The works of art on paper are representative of his career and consist of one pencil drawing, five watercolors, one blue ink sketch, and three lithographs.

Please take a look at the detailed finding aid available through Texas Archival Resources Online here:

Image: Courtesy of DeForrest Judd Art Work and Papers, Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University

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