The International Sculpture Center will present a 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Judy Pfaff on April 30. As a guest of Transart Winter Residency 2012-2013, Pfaff provided a spirited account of her career as a pioneer of site-specific installation art in the 1970s as well as her present-day practice. Pfaff is known for elaborate works that simultaneously evoke two and three dimensional form, natural landscape and man-made architecture as well as improvisation and rehearsal in a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, print, and installation art.
Born in London, England in 1946, Pfaff received a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis (1971) and a MFA from Yale University (1973). She is a recipient of the Academy Member Fellowship, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2013); Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2013); MacArthur Fellowship (2004); Guggenheim Fellowship (1983); National Endowment for the Arts grants (1979, 1986); and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Widely exhibited in major museums and galleries in the United States and abroad, Pfaff is featured in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Detroit Institute of Arts among many others. Pfaff is the Richard B. Fisher Professor in the Arts at Bard College, where she has taught since 1994.