Judith Ellen Sanders is a painter and writer with a love for the vibrancy of color, the flow of line and design, and the beauty of words. Born and raised in New York, at one point in her career, delighted by the subtle and beautiful step-by-step changes flowing through the cell, Judith went to graduate school to study biochemistry. As she studied the molecular world, the flow of molecules into and out of the cell looked to her like a graceful dance of synthesis and synergy and so as she wrote her papers and took her exams she continued to paint and write as well. At graduation she crossed the stage for her diploma and walked back into the studio with her love of the beauty and flow of science in hand. She now paints and writes to put a lens on the possibility that is part of us everyday.
An artist-in-residence for four years at Leverett Crafts and Arts in Leverett, Massachusetts, Judith is now a resident artist at an arts center in the Boston area. As a lending artist with the Corporate Program at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Judith's paintings can be found on display in a variety of corporations in the Boston area including Prometrika, the Back Bay Events Center, Boston Properties at the Prudential Center, The Gutierrez Company, Brightcove, H3 Biomedicine, and Windham Capital, among others.
Judith's poem "Art Supplies From Heaven", about a joyful excursion to the wonderful (and now sadly closed) New York Central Art Supply was published in the New York Times both in print and online, and the Origami Poems Project chose "Kisses Not Snow" as one of the 23 finalists in their 2nd Annual 2017 Kindness Contest and her poem is now part of their second Kindness Anthology, "The Best of Kindness 2017: Poetry of Kindness". In addition, her poem "Light Green Grace" was published in PCC InScape Magazine in the fall of 2018 and "Hear Her Song" was published in Chaleur Magazine in January 2019.
Judith's work has been on display at the Johnson & Johnson Research and Development Gallery and there have been solo exhibits of her work at the UMass Medical School Hospital in Worcester, the Interchurch Center in New York City, and the Jasper Rand Art Museum, among others. Her work has been part of many group shows and she has won awards such as the Ray Kimmel Memorial Award at the Faber Birren National Color Award Show which was awarded by Roxana Marcocci of the Museum of Modern Art. She also won first prize for her painting "Freed Spirits" for the Brigham and Women's Hospital Card Donation Program, and has given talks on her favorite subject - the pathways of possibility - at the Grace Institute in New York City, the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Liaison International.
The arts writer Lisa Gallay wrote, “It’s as if in painting an interior landscape, Sanders is replaying the parts of her scientific study that science itself could not describe: the grandeur and mystical energy of growing life forms, the elegant shapes of creatures and plants, the way they retain their elegance and their curiously visible power and vitality at the microscopic level. Sanders’ work represents a visual expression of both the questions that remain where science leaves off and of the images that haunt a sensitive consciousness.”
Judith's work is part of several private and corporate collections including Wellington Management, Baystate/UMass Biomedical Research Institute, Mount Auburn Hospital, and most recently the A.T. Still Medical School in Mesa, Arizona, and Chapel Bridge Park Research and Development Campus in Newton, Massachusetts. And, as her work translates well to a variety of media, Baystate Health commissioned to have Judith's two-panel painting "Circles of Light I and II" reproduced onto Plexiglass for their Children's Hospital Specialty Center where it is now on permanent display.