Judy Pfaff was born in London, England in 1946. For the past thirty years Judy Pfaff’s irreverent, idiosyncratic drawings, sculptures and installations have regularly challenged expectations to produce an art of great originality and strong emotional impact. Pfaff works spontaneously and improvisationally using many mediums and materials. She received a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis (1971) and an MFA from Yale University (1973). She has received many awards, including a USA Fellowship (2009); Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Fellowship (2006); John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award (2004); Nancy Graves Foundation Grant (2003); Bessie (1984); and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1983) and the National Endowment for the Arts (1986). She has had major exhibitions at the Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2002); Denver Art Museum (1994); St. Louis Art Museum (1989); and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (1982). Pfaff represented the United States in the 1998 São Paolo Bienal. Pfaff lives and works in Kingston and Tivoli, New York.