Since the early 1950s, Judith Godwin has been using gesture and color to relate her life experiences in her Abstract Expressionist canvases. Her works have been informed through the dance and choreography of Martha Graham, jazz, nature, and Zen philosophy.
Godwin was born in Suffolk, Virginia in the 1930s. After graduating from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia, Godwin moved to New York and enrolled at the Art Students League in 1953. At the Art Students League she was taught by Will Barnet, Harry Sternberg, and Vaclav Vytlacil. She soon began studying under Hans Hofmann, who introduced her to Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and James Brooks, the two latter forming close friendships with Godwin.
By the 1958, Godwin was exhibiting at the respected Stable Gallery Invitational and soon was represented by Betty Parsons Gallery.
Judith Godwin has had many important solo exhibitions recently including McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas (2008), Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia (2011), and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia (2012 - 13).
Judith Godwin’s work is represented in many important collections including Art Institute of Chicago; Greenville County Museum, South Carolina; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut.