About Judi Gilden

Judi Gilden is an award winning artist who lives and works in Marlboro, New Jersey. Using traditional transparent watercolor, as well as casein and mixed water media, she creates a sensitive blend of art and spirituality in her paintings.

Judi’s paintings have been in numerous juried shows, including exhibits at the NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, the SALMAGUNDI CLUB, THE PEN & BRUSH GALLERIES, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN ARTISTS, INC., GALLERY, Ceres Gallery, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery, Synchronicity Fine Arts Gallery, the Chrystie Street South Gallery, One Art Space, Tribeca and Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, all NYC; The Arts Club of Washington DC; the Jemison-Carnegie Heritage Hall Museum, Talladega, Alabama; the New Jersey State Museum at Trenton, The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, the Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville; the Barnegat Bay Decoy and Baymen’s Museum, Inc., at Tuckerton Seaport, the Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, Conant Hall Gallery at Educational Testing Service, Princeton, Johnson and Johnson World Headquarters, New Brunswick, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, Beamesderfer Gallery, Highland Park, Monmouth Festival of the Arts, Tinton Falls, the Renee Foosaner Art Gallery – Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, all New Jersey; the Rhode Island Watercolor Society Gallery, The Kent Art Association Gallery, Kent, Connecticut; Goggle Works Center for the Arts, Reading, Pennsylvania; The Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, Maryland, The Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, Washington: The Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida; Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY, The Staten Island Botanical Gardens Gallery and the Richmond County Supreme Court, Staten Island, NY.

Ms. Gilden’s educational background includes Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Philosophy and two NYC teaching licenses. Judi studied watercolor at Snug Harbor’s ART LAB, at Dan Werner’s ART NETWORK, as well as with Nancy French, George Delaney, Pat Lafferty, Margaret Crawford and Richard Ochs. Her work has been strongly influenced by workshop study with Zygmund Jankowski, Tony Couch, Stephen Quiller, Roberta Carter Clark, Judi Betts, Tom Lynch, and Ted Minchin.

Judi is the recipient of many awards, including National Arts Club “Genevieve Cain Award for Watercolor” and twice its Margaret Martin Award for Watercolor; The American Artists Professional League, Inc., “Nydia Preede Award”, the Allied Artists of America Inc., David Wu and Elsie Jeck-Key Memorial Award”, the “New Jersey American Artists’ Professional League, Inc., “President’s Award”, its Distinguished Merit Award”, its “Ann Waldron Award”, its “Special Judge’s Award” and numerous NJAAPL “Awards of Merit”. Judi received the Perkins Juried Watercolor Show’s “Juror’s Award of Merit”, The Garden State Watercolor Society’s “Cranbury Station Gallery Award” and its “Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff Award” and multiple “Honorable Mention” awards at the Pen & Brush. The National Association Of Women Artists, Inc., has awarded Judi the “Miriam E. Halpern Award for Works on Paper”, and twice its “Miriam Schorr Memorial Award for Watercolor”, as well as the “First Place” award at NAWA’s “Open Small Works Exhibition 2011”. Judi is also the proud recipient of the “North East Watercolor Society Award of Excellence”.

Images of Judi’s paintings are archived at the SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, JANE VOORHEES ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION ARCHIVE, RYERSON BURNHAM LIBRARIES AT THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, FRICK ART REFERENCE LIBRARY, NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, FILM AND FINE ARTS LIBRARY, LITTAUER CENTER HARVARD UNIVERSITY, AND THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.

Judi was listed in the August 2013, 2014, and 2015 issues of ART IN AMERICA GUIDE:MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, ARTISTS.

​​​JUDI’S PAINTINGS WERE FEATURED IN “THE ARTISTIC TOUCH 6” WATERCOLOR SERIES EDITED BY CHRIS UNWIN AND PUBLISHED IN 2014 BY CREATIVE ART PRESS.

Judi served as Jury Head, Works on Paper, for the National Association of Women Artists, Inc., NYC. Her busy schedule has included demonstrating, lecturing, jurying exhibits, teaching students of watercolor, and serving the art community in various capacities for decades. Some of Judi’s demonstrations have been filmed and broadcast by Lakewood Cable and Edison Cable in New Jersey. One of Judi’s exhibits was covered by Channel 7 Eyewitness News, NYC.

Ms. Gilden’s artwork is owned by many private collectors. Permanent Collections include AtlantiCare Healing Arts Project at ATLANTICARE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, Atlantic City, N.J., AtlantiCare Healing Arts Project at the HEALTH PARK AT HAMMONDTON, N.J., ATLANTICARE CANCER INSTITUTE at Cape May, N.J., ATLANTICARE URGENT CARE CENTER, Egg Harbor Township, N.J., PHASE III OF ATLANTICARE MAINLAND TRANSFORMATION PROJECT, MAINLAND CAMPUS, Pomona, N.J., ATLANTICARE HEALTH PARK IN MANAHAWKIN, PHASE II and the Carl Michael Eger Memorial Chapel and Meditation Room at the EGER HOME AND REHABILITATION CENTER, Staten Island, N.Y.

Judi Gilden has been working in water media for over 40 years and has studied with some of the greatest watercolorists of our time.  Judi shares these many years of instruction and experience with beginning, intermediate and advanced students of watercolor.  She has taught pre-kindergarteners and senior citizens, special need adults, every age and every skill level. She is an understanding and encouraging instructor, and the “Principles” and “Elements” of Design are a major factor in her lessons and demonstrations.  It is perhaps for this reason many of her former and current students have gone forward to exhibit, win prizes in juried shows, and become watercolor instructors themselves.

​In her classes, Judi invites her students to create their own independent work in addition to the class lessons provided, as they learn about design principles and watercolor techniques.  Judi’s firm belief that everyone can be creative provides her with ever renewed enthusiasm for teaching.

​I am always amazed at how differently each student perceives the subject at hand.  Each one of us sees, feels and paints differently. 

​The magic is not in how skillfully we use the brush or manipulate the paint.  The magic is inside each of us.  It is a true delight to watch people develop skills and then create their own magic.

For more than 30 years, Judi has shared her love of watercolor as an instructor, teaching at various locations throughout New Jersey.  She served as a watercolor instructor for the Community Adult Education Program, South Brunswick Board of Education for 16 years.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: All images you find on Judi Gilden’s web pages, as well as those paintings which have been purchased are copyrighted. The Copyright Act also gives the Copyright owner Judi Gilden the exclusive right to reproduce or modify the work. This means you may not download, scan, print, copy or crop/edit any of the images created by the Artist even if you have paid for and physically own the work created by the Artist Judi Gilden. Copyright remains with the Artist for his or her lifetime plus 50 years before entering the public domain.