Judy McSween’s abstract paintings— with a touch of the familiar— emphasize color and texture and are defined by a thought or action. Through her paintings, Judy connects art to emotion and memory rather than duplicating an image. She believes in the power of art to educate and uplift and therefore embraces the global reach instagram, facebook, and her online gallery provide. Her collectors and fans enjoy videos of her painting process and photos of work in progress as well as her reflective and educational monthly newsletters. Judy is represented by the Edward Gallery in downtown Charleston SC and the Sandpiper Gallery on Sullivan's Island, SC and she is an exhibiting member of Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Artist Exhibition.

A native of Warren Ohio, and a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a BFA specialization in painting, Judy has drawn and painted as long as she can remember— gaining recognition and a loyal following since she moved with her family to Charleston in 2008.

Judy was selected as the 2017 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. According to McSween, Scraping the Sky II evoked the exuberance of a new day and the anticipation of discovery. “It parallels how I approach a blank canvas – with a simple plan and with excitement to see what I’ll uncover along the way.” The artist received a purchase award, and her painting became part of the City’s permanent Public Art Collection.

Judy’s paintings have been included in exhibits at Fabulon Gallery, Park Circle, and Trumbull Art Gallery In Warren Ohio. Additionally, Judy had a month long solo show, “Take Me With You” at North Charleston’s City Gallery in May 2017 and a month long solo exhibit, “Wash Over Me,” in January 2016 at the Saul Alexendar Gallery in Charleston.

Judy’s work has been juried into numerous national shows including South Haven Michigan’s Art of the Sea, where her painting Extinguish was awarded second prize and Florida’s Celebration of the Arts where she received an Award of Excellence in painting. She has also been a juried participant of Atalaya Fine Arts Festival as well The Art Market at Honey Horn in Hilton Head, SC.

Her work was selected for 2010 Piccolo Spoleto's Juried Art Exhibit and Judy was awarded Honorable Mentions in North Charleston’s Festival of the Arts both in oils and acrylics. Judy’s paintings have graced the covers of the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Program Guide and the 2015 baseball novel, Dreaming .400.

Familiar Abstracts

BFA with Specialization in Painting, Magna Cum Laude, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 1983

Solo Exhibitions
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

Group Exhibitions
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

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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