Judy McSween's Familiar Abstract oil paintings—— defined by a thought or action—emphasize color and texture. Every painting is born from a sketch or personal memory; in that way, McSween invites the familiar into the work. She uses a combination of palette knives and brushes to give her paintings a sense of liveliness through thoughtfully placed lines and light filled spaces.
McSween advocates for the power of art to educate and uplift, embracing the global reach instagram, facebook, and her online gallery representation provide. Her collectors and fans enjoy videos of her painting process and photos of work in progress as well as her reflective and educational newsletters.
A native of Warren Ohio, and a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a BFA specialization in painting and certification to teach art K-12, McSween has drawn, painted, and taught for as long as she can remember.
Juried into the National Association of Women Artists in 2020, her awards and accomplishments include an Honorable Mention for her paintings at the 2019 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit In Charleston, SC, Honorable Mentions in North Charleston’s Festival of the Arts both in oils and acrylics, second prize in South Haven Michigan’s 2018 Art of the Sea, and an Award of Excellence in Clermont Florida’s Champions for the Arts 2016.
In 2017, she was selected as the Design Winner of the The City of North Charleston Arts Fest Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, McSween’s abstract oil painting, titled Scraping the Sky II, was used to promote the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest, and the painting became part of the City’s permanent Public Art Collection.
Her paintings have graced the covers of the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Program Guide and the 2015 baseball novel, Dreaming .400.
McSween paints in her home studio in Charleston, SC.
BFA with Specialization in Painting, Magna Cum Laude, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 1983
Exhibiting Member, National Association Of Women Artists, 2020
Take me With You, North Charleston City Gallery, North Charleston SC, April 28, 2017-May 25, 2017
Wash Over Me, Saul Alexander Gallery, Charleston Public Library, January 2-January 31, 2016
New Members Exhibition NAWA Online November 2020 - January 2021
Abstracts Matter Juried Exhibit, Gallery 311, Raleigh, NC March 5-28, 2020
Human.Kind, Edward Dare Gallery, Charleston SC March 2020
Piccolo Spoleto Juried Outdoor Art Exhibition, Charleston, SC May 24-June 9, 2019
Atalaya Juried Fine Arts Festival, Huntington Beach State Park, SC Sep. 2018
Tales of the Sea Juried Exhibit Sea Haven MI, May 19-July 14, 2018
Piccolo Spoleto Juried Outdoor Art Exhibition, Charleston, SC May 25-June 9, 2018
8th Annual Fine Art Invitational Artwalk at Bohicket, Seabrook Island SC, March 31, 2018
Souvenirs of Summer Juried Exhibit, Fabulon Gallery, Charleston SC Aug. 14-Oct. 6, 2017
Piccolo Spoleto Juried Outdoor Art Exhibition, Charleston, SC May 26-June 11, 2017
The Art Market Juried Exhibit at Honey Horn, Hilton Head Island, SC April 28-29, 2017
Champions for the Arts, Historic Downtown Clermont, FL, Nov. 5-6, 2016,
Coming Home, Trumbull Art Gallery, Warren Ohio, Sep.24-Nov. 5, 2016
Piccolo Spoleto Juried Outdoor Art Exhibition, Charleston, SC May 27- June11, 2016
Atalaya Juried Fine Arts Festival, Huntington Beach State Park, SC Sep. 2015
North Charleston Fine Arts Festival, Charleston SC, May 2014
Rosewood Arts Festival, Columbia, SC Sept.2014
Atalaya Juried Fine Arts Festival, Huntington Beach State Park, SC Sep. 2013
North Charleston Fine Arts Festival, Charleston SC May 2013
Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibit, Charleston Visitors Center, SC May 25-June 8, 2012
North Charleston Fine Arts Festival, Charleston SC May 2012
Teachers as Artists Exhibit I, Goose Creek, SC May 17-June 8, 2011 Teachers as Artists Exhibit II, Runaway Bay at Riverfront Park, N Charleston, SC May 2011
Dorchester District II Student /Teacher Exhibit, Summerville, SC September 2009
Mosaic 2007 Exhibit, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC Feb-May 2008
Honorable Mention, Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Artist Exhibition, 2019
Second Prize, Tales of the Sea Exhibit, Sea Haven MI, 2018
2017 Design Winner North Charleston Art Festival, Scraping the Sky II
Award of Excellence, Champions for the Arts, Clermont, FL, Nov 2016
Honorable Mention, Acrylics, North Charleston Fine Arts Festival, 2014
Honorable Mention, Oil, North Charleston Fine Arts Festival, 2013
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