Resume / Press

EDUCATION:
MFA Photography, Rhode Island School of Design 1991
MEd Counseling, University of Miami 1968
Bachelor of Science, Boston University 1965

IN THE COLLECTION OF:
Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Artist Book Collection, Brooklyn, NY
Comcast Center, Philadelphia, PA
Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
Dayton Museum of Art, Dayton, OH
Harvard University Fine Arts Library, Cambridge, MA
Haverford College, Haverford, PA
Hebrew Home, Riverdale, NY
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Artist Book Collection, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, Artist Book Collection, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI
Oberlin University Fine Arts Library, Oberlin, OH
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Free Library, Print and Picture Collection, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI
Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL
Sprint Art Collections, Overland Park, KS
The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2017
Fourth Grade Project, Granary Arts Center, Ephraim, UT

2016
Front-stage / Backstage
, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2015 
Sunrise / Sunset, DeSoto Gallery, Venice, CA

2014 
Fourth Grade Project, The Open Lens Gallery at the Gershman Y, Philadelphia, PA

2013 
Fourth Grade Project, The Gallery at 543, Urban Outfitters Inc. at the Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA
I Want to Grow Up Fast, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Fourth Grade Project, Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

2011 
Hopes and Fears Revisited, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, PA

2008 
Word Portraits, Fleisher Challenge Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

2007 
Family Ties: Three Generations, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

2004 
Beach Boxes, Lyonswier Gallery, New York, NY
A Family Portrait, Philadelphia International Airport Terminal F, Philadelphia, PA
Trailer Park, Brevard Museum of Art and Science, Melbourne, FL

2001 
A Soldier’s Story: Intimate Artifacts of WWII, National Museum of Jewish American History,
Philadelphia, PA

1996 
Gatehouse Gallery, Mount Vernon College, Washington D.C.

1995 
Trustman Art Gallery, Simmons College, Boston, MA

1993 
Bradley University, Peoria, IL

1992 
E.J. Belloq GAllery, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA
New Works Gallery, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

1990 
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

1988 
Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2017
art.now.2017, Hearst Galleries, New York, NY
Global Perspectives: CENTER’s International Photographic Award Winners, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, NM

2016
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK; traveling to Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland UK; The Beaney Canterbury, Canterbury UK;
Berlin Foto Biennale
, Palazzo Italia, Berlin, Germany
Galleries at the Chamber Opening, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia, PA

2015 
Summer Currents, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Irreversible Magazine's Featured Winners Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami, FL

2013 
Sights for When the Sun Arrives, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Night and Day, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2012 
Centennial Juried Exhibition, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

2011 
Man as Object, Reversing the Gaze, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
Out of the Darkroom, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

2010 
What I Did Last Summer, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Exposed: Critical Mass 2009, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA

2009 
A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art, Rutgers University Camden,
Camden, NJ. Traveled to: Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA; Towson University,
Towson, MD; Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA; Carleton College, Northfield, MN;
University of South California, Los Angeles, CA
Etherton Invites, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2008 
Emerging to Established: Twenty-Five Yeas of CFEVA, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Encapsulated Time, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

2007 
Artists Against the War, Peace Museum, Chicago, IL

2006 
Maternal Metaphors II, Ohio University Art Gallery, Athens, OH

2005 
Heartfelt, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL
Inaugural Exhibition, Cohen Amador Gallery, New York, NY

2004 
Really True! Photography and the Promise of Reality, Ruhrlandmuseum Essen, Germany

2003 
Trailer Park, PS 122 Gallery, New York, NY

2002
New Acquisitions, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2001
Florida Fragments, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL
Frontyard/Backyard, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2000
After Dark, Tatar Alexander Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Timekeepers, San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco, CA

1999
In and Around the Family, Coleman Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Images and Words: Women’s Voices, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY

1998
Projected Narratives, NYC International Fringe Festival, New York, NY

1997 
Women and Photography, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

1994 
Invisible Lines, Donna Beam Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
The Visual Diary, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX

1993 
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

1992 
Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA

1991 
Reimaging Masculinity, WORKS Gallery, San Jose, CA

1990 
Women Photographers, Governors State University, University Park, IL

1986 
Baby Pictures, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

1985 
For Kid’s Sake, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
Family: Tradition/Transition, Katherine Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

 

GRANTS / AWARDS / RESIDENCIES:

2016
Curators Choice Award, CENTER, Santa Fe, NM
CFEVA Alumni Travel Grant, Philadelphia, PA

2013 
Prix de la Photgraphie Paris, First Prize

2012 
Lomax Family Foundation Grant, Philadelphia, PA

2011 
Main Line Art Center Selected Artist: Create, Connect, Collect, Haverford, PA

2010 
William Penn Foundation Grant, Philadelphia, PA

2009 
The Welcome House: A 24 Hour Artist Residency in Love Park, Philadelphia, PA
Critical Mass 2009: Top 50 Photographers

2007 
2007-2008 Fleisher Challenge Artist, Philadelphia, PA

2005 
Atlantic Center for the Arts, Artist Residency, New Smyrna Beach, FL

2004 
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts SOS Grant

2003 
WYBE Public Television, Philadelphia Stories 4 New Program Grant

2001 
Visual Studies Workshop, Artist in Residence, Rochester, NY
Venture Fund Faculty Grant, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Grant, Artist As Catalyst 2001, Baltimore, MD

2000
Independence Foundation Fellowship In The Arts, Philadelphia, PA,

1999
Leeway Foundation, Window of Opportunity Award, Philadelphia, PA

1998
MacDowell Colony Fellow, Artist Residency, Peterborough, NH

1997
Visual Studies Workshop, Artist Residency, Rochester, NY
Individual Artist Grant, Rhode Island State Council On The Arts

 

BOOKS 

Gelles, Judy, Beach Boxes, One Picture Book Number 24, Nazraeli Press, 2004, Artist Book
Gelles, Judy, Florida Family Portrait, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, 2002, Artist Book
Gelles, Judy, When We Were Ten, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, 1997, Artist Book

PRESS

Pittman, Taylor, 'These Photos Capture What It’s Like To Be A Fourth-Grader Around The World', Huffington Post, November 30, 2016.
Akman, Terri, 'Judy Gelles of the Fourth Grade Project lands in the National Portrait Gallery', Philadelphia Inquirer, November 11, 2016.
'Moving Forward,' RISD Magazine, Spring/Summer 2016.
Nys Dambrot, Shana, 'The Best Free L.A. Art Parties This Week,' L.A. Weekly, July 9, 2015.
Berger, Eric, 'Synagogue Volunteer Project Goes Back to School,' Jewish Exponent, December 23, 2014.
Narwan, Gurpreet, 'Snapshot: 'Trailer Park' (2004), by Judy Gelles,Financial Times, May 16, 2014.
Finkbiner, Nicole, 
‘Kids’ Dreams, Fears the Focus of “I Want to Grow Up Fast,’ 
Philadelphia Weekly, February 13, 2013.
Leong, Jeanne, 'Wisdom of Fourth-Graders on Display at Burrison Gallery,' Penn Current,
October 11, 2012.
Brooks, Haley, 'Penn Community Expresses ‘Hopes and Fears’ in Annenberg Exhibit,'
The Daily Pennsylvanian, November 2, 2011.
‘Hopes and Fears Revisited’ at Annenberg School’s Forum, University of Pennsylvania Almanac,
November 1, 2011.
DiSanto, Jill, ‘Hopes and Fears Revisited,’ Penn News, October 24, 2011.
Guthrie, Margaret, Main Line Art Center Connects Creators with Collectors Flying Kite, 
January 25, 2011.
Robinson, George, "From Philadelphia to the Front Review,The Jewish Week, January 20, 2006.
Peters, Marsha, 'Portrait of a Family by a Young Mother is Penetrating,Providence Journal, 1979.