Judith G. Levy is a interdisciplinary artist whose work explores history, culture and identity. She has presented solo exhibitions of her work at venues including The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana University and Big Car Gallery in Indianapolis, Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, Navta Schulz Gallery in Chicago, and the Paragraph Gallery in Kansas City. She has completed public art installations in Indianapolis, Chicago and Kansas City and has been included in group exhibitions at presenting institutions including PlugIn Institute for Contemporary Art, Winnipeg; Memorial Art Gallery Museum, Rochester; Bridge Art Fair, Miami; The Plains Art Museum, Fargo; and la Esquina, Kansas City. Levy received her BA in Drawing and Painting from Hunter College and her MSW from Adelphi University. Levy has been awarded an Andy Warhol Foundation Rocket Grant, a Lilly Foundation Creative Renewal Grant, an Inspiration Grant, and the 2012 Kansas City Artopia award. She has attended artist residencies including Art Omi International Artist Residency, The Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Santa Fe Art Institute Residency. Her studio is located in Kansas City, Missouri.
I create art that focuses on American public history, popular culture and personal narratives. My videos, prints, photographs, performances and installations explore how stories, memories and legacies are created and examine the charged content that exists between the lines. I often blend fiction and fact to illustrate how the threads of individual, cultural and national narratives rely upon fabrication, omission, and mistakes as they become accepted constructs of informal and formal history. I use familiar imagery and recognizable references, appropriation, and commonplace text and objects to create work that examines subjects such as racism, immigration, the expansion of the American West, and non-hetero-normative identity. Creating work that is complex but easily accessible is important to me, and I am interested in communicating not only with people who view art regularly but also with those who do not. My work is influenced by my own queerness, by my former experiences as a social worker and community-organizer and by the struggles faced by my immigrant grandparents who had an endless capacity to ask questions and challenge authority.
During my residency I met some immigrants in Santa Fe who generously permitted me to photograph them for my immigration project. I also spent meaningful time with community members and with other residents.