Jude Valentine - 2016 WMNF Artist-in-Residence

 We welcome painter and printmaker Jude Valentine as our WMNF Artist in Residence for 2016.

 A long­time resident of Maine, Valentine completed her BFA at the Maine College of Art and received an MFA in visual art from Vermont College of Fine Art.  In addition to her studio practice, she has taught art and design classes to youth and adults, through workshops and residencies, and at the college level since 1982. She is currently an adjunct member of the interdisciplinary fine art faculty at the University of Maine in Machias.

She has received numerous awards for her work, including a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, several Special Opportunity Stipends through the New York Foundation for the Arts, artist in residency grants through the New York Council on the Arts and National Park Service, and an Individual Grant Award from Cornell University Council of Creative Arts. She has exhibited widely in New England and New York. Her work is represented by The Gallery at Somes Sound in Mt. Desert, and the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast, Maine.

As an arts administrator, she has worked as a museum educator, headed the New York State Alliance for Arts Education and from 2005­2012 was director of programs at the Tides Institute and Museum of Art in Eastport, Maine. In 2013, she was awarded three, month­long visiting artist residencies, at the Vermont Studio Center, The Stephen Pace House in Stonington, Maine, and as visiting printmaker at St. Michael's Printshop in St. John's, Newfoundland. During July 2015, she was a resident fellow at the Heliker­LaHotan Foundation on Great Cranberry Island, Maine, where she completed 11 paintings for a Percent for Art commission to be installed at the Washington County Courthouse in Machias, Maine.

“I’m thrilled to be selected as the 2016 WMNF artist in residence,” Valentine says. “I traveled with my family as a child through the Forest and remember it as an amazing experience -- I was enchanted by the spectacular landscape vistas and experienced an almost overwhelming feeling of inspiration. I can’t wait to paint in the midst of it all!”

In addition to her painting and printmaking, Valentine will work with resident scientists and Forest Service staff on a series of prints to visualize data of the elements of the landscape. “This component of the project is more experimental and more of an inquiry and collaboration,” she notes. “I find it an enriching experience to integrate and layer ideas from different disciplines in my prints."

“Jude was selected because of the wonderful combination of her artistry, her dedication to teaching and her curiosity and interest in working with us on a brand-new type of initiative,” says Frumie Selchen, director of the Arts Alliance.

“For several years we’ve watched the ways in which our Artists in Residence have interacted with Forest Service personnel,” adds Marianne Leberman of the WMNF; “this year we’re excited to create a deliberate collaboration that will engage both staff and the public in connecting art and science on the Forest.”  

Valentine will spend a week in the White Mountains in August, and will return in January for a series of programs.

Learn more about Jude at www.judevalentine.com.




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Introducing Jude & her work:

Jude spent time in August working on monoprints inspired by tree canopies, waterfalls and other views within the Forest. Working from drawings, she completed 5 large prints and worked out some technical challenges. “It was great to have a block of time to focus,” she said, “and meeting with forest staff to consider collaborative projects was exciting! The weather was perfect and I had a chance to get out to the Lost River area to do some more studies." She is currently working on prints inspired by soil samples collected by WMNF soil scientist Andy Colter and will be returning in March to complete more work and meet with additional Forest Service staff.