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Judy McKie Works Biography

Judy Kensley McKie


Judy Kensley McKie was born in Boston in 1944.  She earned a B.F.A. degree in painting in 1966 at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.  A self-taught furniture maker, she approached this work out of necessity in order to furnish her home.  She continued to excel in the craft, learning through trial and error, and worked in a furniture making cooperative until she resolved to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

McKie Derives inspiration from ancient Greek and Egyptian art, Pre-Columbian, African, Indian and Eskimo Cultures, and folk art.  She was the recipient of a Massachusetts Artist’s Foundation fellowship in 1980, a certificate of Design Excellence award in 1986, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award in 1989.

Kenneth R. Trapp and Howard Riatti Skilled Work: American Craft in the Renwick Gallery (Washington D.C.: National Museum of American Art with the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998)..

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