DeForrest Hale Judd
Honorary Life Member - 1976
De Forrest Hale Judd was best known for his depiction of nature: mountains, lakes, flowers, rocks, cactus, the Texas Gulf Coast, scenes of everyday life that were painted or drawn in a semi-abstract and simplistic form that made bold use of color, often unusual color for the subject matter. Because of his success as an artist and as an educator, in 1976 he was selected as an Honorary Life Member of the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Fine Arts Association, now the Texas Visual Arts Association.
Born April 4, 1916, in Hartsgrove, Ohio, he graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1939. He earned a three-year scholarship at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center with advanced work under Boardman Robinson and Otis Dozier. Possibly because of his connection with the Dozier’s, Judd moved to Dallas where he began teaching at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University in Dallas until 1981. He was also instructor in painting and drawing at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts from 1958 to 1964. Judd continued his art career after he retired until his death in 1992.
His works have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Knooedler Gallery, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Butler Art Institute, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Texas Fine Arts Association, and Junior Service League of Longview. He had one-man exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, the Elizabet Ney Museum, the Texas Tech Museum, the Fort Worth Art Center, Pollock Galleries (SMU), and Dallas North Gallery.
Judd received awards and prizes throughout his career including: E. M. Dealey purchase prize (Dallas Museum of Fine Arts) in 1949, 1950, and 1952; Kiest Memorial prize, 1956; Schlumburger prize (Texas Fine Arts Association), 1959; purchase prizes Junior Service League of Longview in 1963 and 1965. He is represented in many public and private collections including: Cleveland Museum of Art, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Otto Spaeth Foundation, Beaumont Museum of Fine Art, Texas Instruments, Southern Methodist University, Kilgore Junior College, and Longview Junior Service League.