Judy Takács

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Judy Takács
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Judy Takács in her studio
Born1962 (age 59–60).
New York City, New York
EducationBachelor of Fine Arts
Alma materCleveland Institute of Art
Known forRealism
MovementPost-Contemporary Art
SpouseScott Pendergast

Judy Takács (born 1962, New York) is a contemporary figurative painter, known for her realistic paintings from her ongoing, traveling portrait series, Chicks with Balls: Judy Takács paints unsung female heroes.[1][2] “Takács is a figurative artist who tells stories about people who have something uplifting to share.”[3] She is an elected member of, and sits on the board of the Allied Artists of America in the position of Social Media Chair. In 2018, Takács was elected to membership in the Salmagundi Art Club and the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in New York City. She writes for the blog of the Portrait Society of America. She lives and works in Solon, Ohio.


Takács received her BFA in Illustration and Portrait Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1986.[4] Takács has staged serial projects painting senior citizens and elderly nuns from life. These projects have yielded over fifty paintings, three solo shows,[5][6][7] a feature in Anthropology & Aging Quarterly[8] and placements in juried and invitational shows. In 2014 she published a book of these collected portraits of the elderly called, The Age of Adventure.[9]

In 2009 she began both painting and blogging her project; Chicks with Balls: Judy Takács paints unsung female heroes.[10] For this series, she asked her female friends and family to pose topless, holding balls to symbolize their personal challenges. In 2013, Takács authored and published, Chicks with Balls: Judy Takács paints unsung female heroes.[11] and received an Ohio Arts Council Grant for Individual Artistic Excellence for the series[12] which became a traveling exhibition.[13][14][15]

Takács' work has been recognized by the Portrait Society of America,[16] the Art Renewal Center,[17][18] the National Arts Club, Cincinnati Arts Club, Allied Artists of America, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Club, and the Salmagundi Club, NYC. She has participated in Women Painting Women Exhibitions along with Rachel Constantine, Alia El-Bermani, Diane Fiesel and Sadie Valeri, and multiple Poets/Artists publications and live exhibitions. Takács' work is archived at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.[19] Her work has been exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art,[20] the Zanesville Museum of Art, Evansville Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Haggin Museum and ARTneo. Takács' work is included in the permanent collections of Susquehanna University and ARTneo.

In 2014, Takács curated Majority Rising for the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve during Women's History Month.[21] Choosing work from Cleveland figurative artists, Shirley Aley Campbel, Kathleen McKenna, Marilyn Szalay, Lee Heinen and Marsha Sweet. Takács painted and exhibited a portrait of each artist as well.

In 2016 Takács was one of the nine artists, including Stephanie Deshpande, Lauren Tilden, Mario Robinson, and Terry Strickland, who participated in the Emanuel Nine Portrait Project at Principle Gallery, honoring the victims of the Charleston church shooting.[22] She painted a portrait of Rev. Dr. Daniel Simmons Sr.

In 2018 Takács had her two-artist inaugural exhibition with the late Marilyn Szalay at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve. Takács and Szalay were referred to as “two titans of figurative art[23]” in Cleveland Scene Magazine. The exhibition showed 12 works from each artist and was entitled, "Szalay…Takács…Secrets." The theme for the works included dealt with the concept of hidden meanings in art, some of which go to the grave with the artist.

Takács is past chair of the New Media Relations sub-committee[11] of the Portrait Society of America Cecilia Beaux Forum, and now holds a board position as Social Media Chair for the Allied Artists of America.

Takács' father is Queueing theory pioneer, Lajos Takács and her mother, is the author Dalma Takács.[24][25]


Cancer Honeymoon

Takács' painting, Cancer Honeymoon depicts Takács’ mother, Dalma Takács during the early stages of ovarian cancer.[26] She continues this theme with her paintings, Guardian Angel of the Good Death and Serenity Prayer[27] and the Ephemera Collector Series.[28]

Greed: Guarded Idealist, 2013 Best of Show winner at the Chagrin Valley Art Center Annual Juried Show[29] is inspired by the concept of the Seven deadly sins as human traits necessary for survival. This work portrays “Greed” as the guardian and protector of ones artistic vision and idealism.

Kim, the Keeper of Time[30] is from Takács’ Chicks with Balls series. Jewelry artist, Kim Mettee chose alpaca yarn balls and demonstrated the meditative process of rolling them as she posed.


  • The Artists Magazine, September 2018, A Happy Medium: Judy Takács, Grand Prize Winner in the All Media Art Competition, F-W Media, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio[31]
  • Poets/Artists Sight Unseen, February 2016, Didi Menendez, with curator Alia El-Bermani, Poets/Artists, Chicago, Illinois[32]
  • The Archives Speak, November 2014, Rota Sackerlotzky and Roger Welchans, The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio[33]
  • Age of Adventure: Judy Takács paints the retired and inspired, August 2014, Judy Takács, blurb.com, Cleveland, Ohio[9]
  • Women Painting Women, September 2014. Matter Deep Publishing, Principle Gallery, South Carolina[34]
  • Art Renewal Center International Salon Catalog 2013/14. August 2014[18]
  • Present Tense: Contemporary Art in Ohio, Artists of Rubber CIty. November 2014.[35][36]
  • Manifest Gallery International Painting Annual 3. January 2014. Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio[37]
  • Chicks with Balls: Judy Takács paints unsung female heroes, August 2013, blurb.com[1]
  • Solon Senior Project: Judy Takács paints fascinating wisdom, November 2012, blurb.com[38]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Takács, Judy. "Chicks with Balls: Judy Takács paints unsung female heroes". blurb.com. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  2. ^ Judy Takacs (2016-01-31), Judy Takács' Solo Show, Chicks with Balls October 2015, retrieved 2016-02-01
  3. ^ Dellosso, Gabriella. "The Successful Spark of Artist Judy Takács". sankofareview.com. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  4. ^ "Eight Cleveland Institute of Art graduates receive Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council". cia.edu. April 23, 2013.
  5. ^ Rusek, Joan. "Judy Takacs' Solon Senior Project art show opens Friday at the Solon Center for the Arts". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  6. ^ Collective, Curatorial. "Judy Takacs paints the retired and inspired". Curatorial Collective. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  7. ^ "NUN: Judy Takacs Paints Retired Sisters of Notre Dame". Sisters of Notre Dame, Chardon, Ohio. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  8. ^ Danely, Jason. "PORTFOLIO | Association for Anthropology and Gerontology". anthropologyandgerontology.com. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  9. ^ a b Takács, Judy (2014). Age of Adventure: Judy Takács paints the retired and inspired. blurb.com.
  10. ^ "Chicks with Balls by Judy Takács: Egg". chickswithballsjudytakacs.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  11. ^ a b Carducci, Judith (October 2013). "Judy Takács' Chicks with Balls Project, An Artist Paints Her Way around Closed Doors". The Art of the Portrait. Portrait Society of America.
  12. ^ "Cultural Contributors: CIA Artists win Regional, State Arts Awards" (PDF). CIA Link. Cleveland Institute of Art. Fall 2013.
  13. ^ Litt, Steven. "Why a BAYarts exhibition opening Friday has a title that can't be used in this headline". cleveland.com. Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  14. ^ Stanich, Samantha. "LCCC shows Exhibit "Chicks with Balls"". timesleader.com. Times Leader. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  15. ^ Litt, Steven. "Encore show of "Chicks with Balls" by Judy Takacs opens at Tri-C East (photos)". cleveland.com. Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  16. ^ "Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, 2015". portraitsociety.org. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  17. ^ "Art Renewal Center 2012/13 International Salon". artrenewal.org. Art Renewal Center.
  18. ^ a b "Art Renewal Center 2013/14 International Salon". artrenewal.org. Art Renewal Center.
  19. ^ "Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: Our Archived Artists". www.artistsarchives.org. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  20. ^ Litt, Steven. "Northeast Ohio artists shine in the 77th Midyear exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art". cleveland.com. Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  21. ^ Usmani, Josh. "Celebrating Women's History Month at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve". Cleveland Scene. Cleveland Scene Magazine. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  22. ^ Release, Press (2016-05-28). "Charleston portrait project pays tribute to Emanuel 9". WCBD News 2. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  23. ^ Von Schneider, Dott (June 13, 2018). "Lingering Mysteries: Marilyn Szalay and Judy Takács reveal SECRETS at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve". Cleveland Scene Magazine. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  24. ^ Takacs and Veress, Dalma and Laura-Louise (1995). Clear the Line. Cleveland, Ohio: Prospero. ISBN 1-57087-207-4.
  25. ^ Takács, Dalma (2013). Refugee from Paradise. Cleveland, Ohio: Prospero. ISBN 978-1-4797-9295-5.
  26. ^ Takacs, Judy (2013-11-10). "Chicks with Balls by Judy Takács: Taking my eyes off the ball". Chicks with Balls by Judy Takács. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  27. ^ Clark, Joseph (May 24, 2017). "Big Show, Bit Ideas: The Eighth Annual May Show at Lakeland Community College". canjournal.org.
  28. ^ Takács, Judy (June 13, 2017). "Ephemera". chickswithballsjudytakacs.blogspot.com.
  29. ^ Christian, Barbara. "VAC Best of Show depicts arts struggle". chagrinvalleytoday.com. Chagrin Valley Times. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  30. ^ Takacs, Judy (2014-10-09). "Chicks with Balls by Judy Takács: Kim, the reliquarian and keeper of time". Chicks with Balls by Judy Takács. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  31. ^ "A Happy Medium: Judy Takács Grand Prize Winner in All Media Competition". Artists Magazine: 90–91. September 2018.
  32. ^ El-Bermani, Alia (2016-12-26). "Sight Unseen". magcloud.com.
  33. ^ Sackerlotzky, Rota and, Welchans, Roger (2013). The Archives Speak. Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.
  34. ^ "Women Painting Women, Fifth Anniversary & International Juried Show". www.matterdeeppublishing.com. Matter Deep Publishing. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  35. ^ Collective, Curatorial. "PRESENT TENSE art book release". Curatorial Collective. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  36. ^ "Present Tense: Contemporary Art in Ohio from Artists of Rubber City". Storenvy.com. Artists of Rubber City. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  37. ^ Manifest Gallery International Painting Annual 3. Cincinnati, Ohio: Manifest Gallery. 2014.
  38. ^ Takacs, Judy. "The Solon Senior Project: Judy Takács Paints Fascinating Wisdom". Blurb.com. Blurb.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30.

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