Birth place: New York City
Ph.D. New York University, New York, New York, 1983.
Art and Art Education.
M.A. New York University, New York, New York, 1969.
Art and Art Education.
B.A. Queens College, Flushing, New York, 1964. Studio
Judith S. Schwartz is Professor in the Department of Art and Art Professions at New York University, directs the Sculpture in
Craft Media area (Clay, Metal, and Glass) and teaches studio-based courses in ceramic sculpture.
Although trained as a studio-based artist (Ohio State University) she is also a curator, critic and author.
Her doctoral dissertation (in the early 80’s) identified the use of satire in the ceramic work of Robert Arneson, Howard Kottler,
and David Gilhooly. Since then, she has expanded her interest to identify an international movement of artists who use
clay confrontationally - more specifically, those artists who employ clay to reveal personal alienations, social and
political struggles, popular and material culture at its worst - all within the context of what might be called art activism.
Dr. Schwartz lectures extensively and has published numerous journal articles, artist’s reviews and catalogs for both national
and international journals. She juries worldwide and served as head juror to the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation
(WOCEF) in Korea, the European Biennale, Bornholm, Denmark, and All Fired Up for the Westchester Arts Council
which featured her curated exhibition, Confrontational Ceramics. While her first craft journey to China was in 1978 she
has returned many times to various locations in Korea, Taiwan, China and Japan to lecture and consult.
She has presented lectures at numerous NCECA meetings and was awarded Honorary Member.
She was Educational Consultant to the Lenox China Company, President of the University Council for Art Education, President
of The Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, served on the Board of Studio Potter, The K12 Ceramic Art Foundation, the
Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred University and is an elected member of the International
Academy of Ceramics.
She received the JD Rockefeller III grant in Art Education and the Everson Museum’s award for service and excellence in
the field of ceramic education , Fulbright Senior Specialist to the National School of Art and Design, Dublin, and named
educator of the year awarded by the Renwick Museum of Art, Washington, DC.
She chaired two national conferences: The Case for Clay in Secondary Education and Criticism in the Craft Arts:
Crossings, Alignments and Territories - both at New York University.
She has curated numerous exhibitions - most notably
New York, New York: Clay
Form and Transformations: Ceramics, Art to Industry
Clay (Mates)Spatial Meditations
Her research culminated in the book Confrontational Ceramics, published simultaneously by A&C Black Publishing,
London, and the University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia. The book is an international survey of the contemporary
use of clay as a tool for social commentary. She is President of the
Museum of Ceramic Art to be located in Long Island City, New
York and is a trustee of the Howard Kottler estate, facilitating
the publication of two books about him and several
national exhibitions of his work.
In collaboration with the Westchester Council for the Arts she consulted in a six-week celebration of clay called All Fired Up!
which featured diverse shows and educational events focusing on the many aspects of the medium and held at 67
cultural institutions in the county. Dr. Schwartz organized a Ceramics Institute for local art teachers in conjunction
with this event and curated two exhibitions.