JUDITH PESTRONK

Professor JUDITH PESTRONK received a B.A. in History and Art History from Vassar College, and a M.F.A. in Fine Arts Education from the Teachers College of Columbia University of NY. She attended the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts where she studied sculpture with John Alexander and also studied sculpture with William Zorach, and John Hovannes, and drawing with Marshal Glasier at the Art Students League of NY. At the Collumbia Teacher’s College, she studied jewelery and metalwork. At the 92nd St Y she also studied jewelery in a variety of mediums.

She was a Trustee and 1st Vice President of the Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts in Roslyn, NY, at the Childs Frick Estate, and chaired their Acquisitions Committee. She acquired for them a million dollars worth of fine arts donations including a Utrillo landscape.

She was an adjunct professor of Sculpture, 2D/3D Design, Art History and Crafts at the Nassau Community College Art Department from 1964 – 2009. At time she has also taught Art History for credit at the Nassau Community College at the Long Beach Library (open to the general public) and the Long Beach Medical Center (open to the Medical Center staff). Since 2005 has awarded one student per year a scholarship for outstanding work in 3D work at the Nassau Community College. She has also lectured at the NY Donnell Art Library on working with Wax.

She has given demonstrations on many topics. In conjuction with an exhibit of unusual silver utensils and fused glass, she has demonstrated working in wax at the Nassau Community College Firehouse Gallery which was recorded and was shown at the Donnell Library. For the Long Beach Art Association at the Long Beach Public Library, demonstrated How to Work in Wax. In conjunction with the silver insect show, at the Nassau Community College lectured on my life and work, with slides.

As an artist, Judith Pestronk is interested in promoting the arts in the next generation and educating them about the need for good craftsmanship and design. She is very eclectic in choices of her own projects. She likes to learn new techniques, develop her own unique style, with many different materials. She finds that she is at the cutting edge of new ideas. She has worked in clay, stone, wood, steel, stained fused glass, Precious Metal Clay, and gold. She creates sculpture in many dimensions, jewelry and unusual utensils. Her work can be found in private collections, museums in New York and all over the world. She was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award by the college.

For 5 years she served as President of the Long Beach Community Concert Series as well as President of the Long Beach Board Commission on the Arts which gave art exhibits at the Long Beach Recreation Center.

She provided her illustrations for the innaugural brochure for the League of Women Voters of Long Beach. She wrote a column as an art critic for the Long Island Free Press. She was a part of a panel discussion on the arts on channel 22 for Nassau Community College.

Museums: Perminant Collection
Art Students League, Black Marble Torso Sculpture
Brookyln Museum, Bronzw Relief Portrait of Leon Friend
Smthsonian Portrait Gallery, Recommended Portrait Archivist
National Arts Museum Crackow Poland, Bronze Medal Cityscape

Solo Exhibitions
Firehouse Gallery NCC, Sterling Silver Insects with Gems (2009)
Pen & Brush Inc, Retrospective: Sculpture, Drawings and Jewelery
Andre Zarre Gallery NYC, Sculpture and Drawings

Group Shows
Pen & Brush Inc, Sculpture, Jewelery, Crafts, Painting, Drawing (14 awards as of 2009)
Firehouse Gallery NCC, Annual Faculty Show up through 2009
Firehouse Gallery NCC, Selected 6 Faculty Members, Unusual Silver Utensils and Fused Glass
Artists Craftsmen of NY, Sculpture and Jewelery (14 awards)
Salmagundi Club of NY, Portraits, Wood & Stone Carving (24 awards)
Audubon Artists of NY, Sculpture (1st Prize)
International Women in the Arts Exhibit
Long Island Craftsman’s Guild
Professional Artist’s Guild at the Cork Gallery, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center NY
American Medallic Society
Vassar College Poughkeepsie NY, Lehman Loeb Gallery (2 exhibits)
Broome Street Gallery NY, (3 exhibits)
National Sculpture Society of NY, Stone Carving
National Academy of Design, Stone Carving
National Arts Club NY
Painters and Sculptors Society of NJ
Queensboro Community College NY
Bottini Gallery, Fort Salonga, NY

Commissions
Bronze Portrait Relief of Joseph Carlino Jr. (currently in the NCC Math Department Permenant Collection)
Bronze Portrait Relief of Wendy Frankel (private collection)
Bronze Seated Figure Sculpture (private collection)
Along with many other private collections worldwide

Awards
Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, NCC
International Woman of the Year, for contribution to culture of women in the arts
National Society of Literature and the Arts
Who’s Who in the East
NY Art Yearbook

Professional Memberships
Pen & Brush Inc, NY
Salmagundi Club, NY
Artist Craftsman of NY
American Medallic Society
Long Island Craftsman’s Guild

For more information email: jpestronkart@gmail.com


Dragon Sculpture, Sterling Silver with Garnet Re Eyes, 7″x6″x6″

 

Judy Pestronk
Jewelry, Sculpture
jusyest@gmail.com