Judy Bowman was born on the East side of Detroit, Michigan in 1952. Her family lived in the community that was commonly known as Black Bottom. She attended Detroit Public Schools. From high school, she began taking art classes at Spelman College. After graduation; life happened and her art work took a 35 year pause. No creating art whatsoever. When she retired, she began again, highlighting her culture through her art; her looking glass into the past, present and future of African-Americans with style and grace. Her work focuses on the environment of a mighty people. Working on collages allows her to blend bright colors and facial expressions that burst out of the scraps of paper that comes into its own. She works from the inside out. Though she works deliberately and consciously employing her “mixed-media style”, her unconscious is the undisputed movement in charge. She was a 2016 and 2017 Bombay Sapphire Regional Finalist. She also won the 2016 Spirit of the City Ford Arts, Beats, & Eats Award. Her work has been exhibited in the Detroit Charles Wright Museum and several galleries in Detroit, and many private collections in Detroit, D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Chicago as well as the 2018 Essence Festival.
Judy's ArtPrize Entries
These are Judy's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Judy's Past Work
These are images of past work that Judy has done.