Judith Schaechter

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Judith Schaechter
Gainesville, Florida
EducationB.F.A. in Glass, Rhode Island School of Design, 1983
Known forStained glass
AwardsGuggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

Judith Schaechter is a Philadelphia-based artist known for her work in the medium of stained glass.[1] Her pieces often use symbolism from stained glass and Gothic traditions, but the distorted faces and figures in her work recall a 20th century German Expressionist painting style[2] and her subject matter is secular.[3] Shaechter's work often involves images that might be considered disturbing such as death, disease, or violence.[4] Early Schaechter pieces, for example, such as King of Maggots and Vide Futentes make use of memento mori, symbols of death found in church architecture during medieval times.[4]


Schaechter was born in Gainesville, Florida, in 1961, but spent her formative years growing up in Massachusetts.[5] She has served on the faculty of numerous art schools, such as the Rhode Island School of Design.[2] She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Crafts Department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Adjunct Faculty at the New York Academy of Art in New York, New York. Schaechter has also taught courses at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, Penland School of Crafts, Toyama Institute of Glass (Toyama, Toyama, Japan) and Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.[6]

She illustrated the cover for musician Andy Prieboy's 1991 album Montezuma Was a Man of Faith. Her work has been exhibited in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Schaechter's Bigtop Flophouse Bedspins appeared in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. She has artwork in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Hermitage Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Renwick Gallery, among other public and private collections.[6]

Her stained glass artwork has been included in two survey textbooks: Women Artists by Nancy Heller[7] and Makers: a History of American Studio Craft by Bruce Metcalf and Janet Koplos.[3]

The Cold Genius, by Judith Schaechter, is on display in the Corning Museum of Glass.

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2010 "Beauty and the Beef", Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, New York
  • 2010 "Judith Schaechter: A Relentless Pursuit of Perfection", Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile Alabama, also at Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke Virginia in 2009
  • 2008 "New Parables in Glass" Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, New York
  • 2007 "Burning Inside", Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, New York
  • 2005 "Seeing is Believing", Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, New York
  • 2005 "Judith Schaechter: Selected Works 1988-2003", Arnot Museum, Elmira, New York also at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma (2005) and at Bass Museum, Miami Beach, Florida, December 2003 – March 2004
  • 2005 "Stained" Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
  • 2003 "Extra Virgin", Claire Oliver Fine Art, New York, New York
  • 2002 Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, also in 2000, 1997, 1994 and 1991
  • 2001 Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia
  • 2000 Smalands Museum, Vaxjo Sweden
  • 1999 Agni Fine Arts, The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1998 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Morris Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1996 Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1995 "Judith Schaechter: Heart Attacks", Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. February 3-April 16
  • 1995 John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • 1993 Helander Gallery, New York, New York
  • 1993 Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1992 "Virtue Triumphs", La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • 1990 Challenge Show, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1988 "Beckoning Graves", Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1986 Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, also in 1984


  • 2008 United States Artists, Rockefeller Fellowship in Crafts
  • 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 2003 Hauberg Fellowship. The Pilchuck Glass School
  • 2000 Innovation in a Technique, UrbanGlass
  • 1999 Leeway Foundation Award, crafts
  • 1995 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award
  • 1992 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, crafts
  • 1990 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, fellowship in crafts
  • 1989 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award
  • 1988 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), fellowship in crafts
  • 1986 National Endowment for the Arts, fellowship in crafts
  • 1985 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, fellowship in crafts


  1. ^ "Parables in Glass: Stained Glass Artwork by Judith Schaechter". Missioncreep.com. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  2. ^ a b Tina, Oldknow (2014). Collecting contemporary glass : art and design after 1990 from the Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, New York. pp. 196, 275. ISBN 9780872902015. OCLC 905092870.
  3. ^ a b Janet., Koplos (2010). Makers : a history of American studio craft. Metcalf, Bruce, 1949-, Center for Craft, Creativity & Design. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. pp. 455–56. ISBN 9780807895832. OCLC 658203695.
  4. ^ a b Baker, Alex (2006). Extra Virgin: The Stained Glass of Judith Schaechter. Philadelphia, PA: Free News Projects. pp. 13–20.
  5. ^ "Judith Schaechter - Artist Interview - WOW x WOW". WOW x WOW. 2015-04-13. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  6. ^ a b "Judith Schaechter". www.judithschaechter.com. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  7. ^ Heller, Nancy (2003). Women artists : an illustrated history (4th ed.). New York: Abbeville Press. ISBN 0789207680. OCLC 54500479.

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