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2005 Award of Distinction Recipient

Artist, Crafts­man

Ms. McKie’s award was presented June 10, 2005 by her friend and fellow furni­ture­maker Michael Hurwitz.


Judy McKie’s work has achieved icon status in the field of studio furni­ture. Her univer­sally regarded furni­ture is found in major museums in the U.S. and abroad where visi­tors and patrons alike admire this maker’s fluid use of animal forms that flow perfectly into furni­ture pieces.Her equally distin­guished work in carved abstract patterns provides an even broader canvas for her tables, chests, and mirrors. Judy’s quiet manner is a perfect foil for the strength of her furni­ture, reflect­ing the deep well from which her ideas spring.

Judy Kensley McKie was born in 1944 in Boston, MA


1966 BFA in Paint­ing, Rhode Island School of Design, Prov­i­dence, RI


1989 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award

1982 NEA Craftsman Fellowship

1980 Mass­a­chu­setts Artists Foundation Fellowship

1979 NEA Craftsman Fellowship

Solo Exhibitions

1993 The Albu­querque Museum, Albu­querque, NM

1990 Rose Artr Museum, Brab­deis Univer­sity, Waltham, MA

Group Exhibitions

1993 Sculp­ture for the Garden, Gwin­nett Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

1986 – 92 Craft Today, Poetry of the Phys­i­cal, Amer­i­can Craft Museum

1990 Art That Works, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

1989 New Amer­i­can Furni­ture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

1988 Rhode Island Collects:1900 to Now, RISD, Prov­i­dence, RI

1985 Mate­r­ial Evidence: New Color Tech­niques in Hand­made Furni­ture, Renwick Gallery, Smith­son­ian Insti­tu­tion, Wash­ing­ton, DC

1984 Art for the Table, Amer­i­can Craft Museum, New York, NY

Museums & Public Collections

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Philadel­phia Museum of Art, Philadel­phia, PA

The Albu­querque Museum, Albu­querque, NM

ARC Imopm, Avemie De Montaigne, Paris

Rose Art Museum, Bran­deis Univer­sity, Waltham, MA

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Prov­i­dence, RI

Vice Pres­i­den­t’s Resi­dence, Wash­ing­ton, DC

Addison Gallery of Amer­i­can Art, Andover, MA

Yale Univer­sity Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Museum of Art, Smith College, MA