Judith Pratt holds an MFA from American University in Washington, D.C. and an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History from Christie's, New York. She also served as a curatorial assistant at the Morgan Library and Museum in NYC. Pratt is an installation artist whose work connects history, identity, and the topography of Central Virginia's Piedmont region where the artist was born and raised. The region combines expansive natural beauty with a turbulent history that includes centuries of chattel slavery, brutal Civil War battles, and the ongoing impact of racism and white supremacy. Pratt's tightly constructed drawings reference topographical maps, while her incised sculptural works are constructed of Lenox 100 paper, a material made entirely of domestic cotton that references the racial transgressions of the South.
Pratt's recent solo exhibitions include installations at Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art, Reston, VA; Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA; Phillip Johnson Towers Gallery, Tysons, VA; Hillyer Art Space at International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.; and The Alexandria Commission for the Arts, City of Alexandria, Alexandria, Virginia. Notable group exhibitions include the Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize (Semifinalist) Baltimore, MD, the Taubman Museum of Fine Art Triennial, Roanoke, VA; Arlington Arts Center Biennial, Arlington, VA; and The Athenaeum Museum, Alexandria, VA.
Her work is included in the collections of Abramson & Associates, Cerberonics Corporation, GTE Telenet Corporation, Lockheed Corporation, Rozansky and Kay Corporation, as well as private collections. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Auvillar, France, the University of Virginia's Biological station in Pembroke, VA, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia. Her work has been reviewed in ARTnews, The Washington Post, Hyperallergic, and East City Art. She recently served for four years on the Board of Trustees as Vice Chair and Program Chair of the Washington Sculptors Group, a 400-member organization that supports artists in the greater Washington, D.C. region. She is currently an active member of its Advisory Board.