Southern Methodist University

DeForrest Judd art work and papers

A Guide to the Collection


Creator: Judd, DeForrest, 1916-1992
Title: DeForrest Judd art work and papers
Dates: 1936–1990
Abstract: DeForrest H. Judd, a native of Hartsgrove, Ohio, lived most of his life in Dallas working as an artist and teaching at Southern Methodist University. Judd’s keen observation of everyday life and nature influenced him to paint, draw, and print his interpretations onto canvas, paper, and copper enamels. As a professional artist and teacher, Judd taught numerous students at SMU and at summer workshops in Arkansas, New Mexico, and Texas. The collection includes artwork, clippings, correspondence, documents, photographs, published works, and publicity relating to his art and teaching career. The sketchbooks concentrate on Judd’s trips to Colorado, the Gulf Coast, Caddo Lake, New Mexico, the Big Bend and the Hill Country in Texas.
Extent: 16 boxes
Language: Material is in English
Repository Jerry Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Judd graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1938 and received a post-graduate scholarship to continue his studies at the Institute in 1939. From 1940 to 1942, Judd studied at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center under the center’s director, Boardman Robinson, and Texas artist Otis Dozier. During World War II, Judd served in the United States Army. His academic career as professor of painting, drawing, and design began in 1946, when he moved to Dallas to teach at Southern Methodist University and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. In 1967, Judd was promoted to full professor at SMU. He retired from the University in 1981. Judd continued to live in Dallas and devote his time to art until his death in 1992.

Judd’s work reflects his study of nature: mountains, lakes, rocks, flowers, cactus, Gulf Coast, and scenes of everyday life that were painted or drawn in a semi-abstract form that made bold use of color. Judd received numerous awards for his work, and while teaching at SMU his work was featured in many one-man shows in Texas including the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (1946), Southern Methodist University (1950, 1965, 1969, 1981), Elizabet Ney Museum (1952), Sul Ross State College (1957), Texas Tech Museum (1959), Fort Worth Art Center (1962), and the Beaumont Museum of Art (1971). His work was also exhibited in art centers and museum exhibitions around the country including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (one of twelve Texas artists selected for the exhibition American Painting Today, 1950), Denver Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Judd’s work was also accepted into the permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, and Southern Methodist University.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Judd collection consists of four scrapbooks documenting his career from 1936 – 1990, one painting record notebook, nine sketchbooks, seven copper enameled pieces, three rocks from the artist’s studio in Dallas, one small wood sculpture by the artist, ten works of art on paper, and a small amount of archival material including clippings, correspondence, documents, photographs, publicity, and exhibition catalogs. The works of art on paper are representative of his career and consist of one pencil drawing, five watercolors, one blue ink sketch, and three lithographs.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized alphabetically into 9 series:
Series 1: Artwork
Series 2: Clippings
Series 3: Correspondence
Series 4: Documents
Series 5: Photographs
Series 6: Publicity
Series 7: Published Works
Series 8: Scrapbooks
Series 9: Three-dimensional objects


Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use. Appointment with curatorial staff at Hamon Library is required.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the staff of Jerry Bywaters Special Collections.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Judd, DeForrest.
Southern Methodist University. -- Faculty.
Artists -- Texas -- Dallas.
Art, American -- Southwest, New -- 20th century.

Related Materials

This is one of the visual art collections in Bywaters Special Collections that concentrate on the art of Texas and the southwest. Related materials are located in the Jerry Bywaters Collection on Art of the Southwest in Bywaters Special Collections of the Hamon Arts Library of Southern Methodist University.

The DeForrest Judd Sketchbooks digital collection includes a sample of sketches from the nine sketchbooks held by SMU.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

DeForrest Judd Collection, Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Mrs. Mary Belle Judd, 1993.

Custodial History

The DeForrest Judd papers were donated to Bywaters Special Collection in 1993 by his wife, Mrs. Mary Belle Judd.

Processing Information

The Judd papers were received in no discernable order. During processing, the sketchbooks and scrapbooks were placed in individual flat archival boxes, the copper enamels were placed flat inside individual compartments in an archival box, and the wood sculpture was placed in an archival box fitted for its size. The works on paper were conserved by a paper conservator, matted in archival mats, and housed in museum cases. The archival material was divided into separate archival files for clippings, correspondence, documents, publicity, and published works.

Conservation by Carrabba Conservation, Inc., Austin, Texas, 2001.

Works on paper matted by Ellen Buie Niewyk, 2001.

Processed by

Leslie Sookma, 1994.

Finding aid written by

Ellen Buie Niewyk, 2008.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2008.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Artwork

The artwork consists of one wood sculpture, seven copper enamel pieces, nine sketchbooks, and ten works on paper including one pencil sketch, one blue-ink sketch, five watercolors, and three lithographs. The nine sketchbooks are the primary focus of the artwork and the remaining items are representative of his art career.
See the related materials section above for a link to the DeForrest Judd Sketchbooks digital collection.
1 Untitled, wood sculpture, n.d., H: 3" x W: 7" x D: 6¾"
2 [Artifact Box]
1. Enamel on copper, untitled (mountain landscape), 1953, H: 2¼" x W: 3"
2. Enamel on copper, untitled (one fish), 1953, H: 2" x W: 2½"
3. Enamel on copper, untitled (still life with two fish), n.d., H: 2 ½" x W: 3"
4. Enamel on copper, untitled (pear halves), 1954, H: 3" x 4"
5. Enamel on copper, untitled (mountain landscape), 1952, H: 3 ½" x W: 5"
6. Enamel on copper, untitled (plants), 1952, H: 3 ½" x W: 5"
7. Enamel on copper, untitled (long-stemmed flowers/plants), n.d., H: 3" x W: 4"
3 Sketchbook "Colorado" (n.d.)
4 Sketchbook "Gulf Coast," (n.d.)
5 Sketchbook "Caddo Lake," (n.d.)
6 Sketchbook "Taos `67," 1967
7 Sketchbook "Big Bend," (n.d.)
8 Sketchbook "Big Bend, Hill Country, Caddo Lake," n.d.
9 Sketchbook "Mexico `68," 1968
10 Sketchbook "Caddo," n.d.
11 Sketchbook "Colorado `66," 1966
Museum Cases:
A-VIII-6 Lithograph, "Sea Coast, Ireland," n.d.
A-VIII-7 Blue ink on paper, untitled (sleeping dog), 1939
A-VIII-8 Watercolor, "Casino," 1944
A-VIII-9 Watercolor, untitled (boat and pier), 1951
A-VIII-10 Watercolor, untitled (mountain scene), 1952
A-VIII-11 Watercolor, untitled (abstract), 1952
A-VIII-12 Watercolor, untitled (mine in landscape), 1952
A-VIII-13 Lithograph, "That Which Remains," 1942
B-II-2 Pencil sketch, untitled (portrait of a woman), n.d.
C-I-3 Lithograph, "Skunk Cabbage," 1941

Series 2: Clippings

The Clippings contain 14 items from various publications including the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Longview Morning Journal.
Box Folder
12 1 Clippings, 1965 - 1969

Series 3: Correspondence

The Correspondence contains 2 letters; one letter to DeForrest Judd from Nancy R. Seibert at the Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin and one two-page illustrated letter to Mary Belle from DeForrest Judd.
Box Folder
12 2 Correspondence, 1965
3 [Illustrated] Correspondence, n.d.

Series 4: Documents

The Documents contain 3 items including Judd’s two-page biography and a notebook labeled "Record of Paintings – 1946 –."
Box Folder
12 4 Documents; Notebook "Record of Paintings – 1946" (Flat Box 13)

Series 5: Photography

The Photography contains 5 photographs of the artist and one black and white negative of a painting.
Box Folder
12 5 Photography, ca. 1940s - 1963
6 Photography (negative), n.d.

Series 6: Publicity

The Publicity contains 8 items relating to Judd’s exhibition openings and painting workshops.
Box Folder
12 7 Publicity, 1949 - 1987

Series 7: Published Works

The Published Works contains 5 exhibition catalogues and one magazine. The exhibition catalogues have entries for Judd’s work. The magazine, Paint Rag, advertized as the "Texas Magazine of Art," published in Huntsville, Texas (1953), contains information on art exhibitions and events around the date.
Box Folder
12 8 Published Works, 1950 - 1964

Series 8: Scrapbooks

The Scrapbooks contain 4 scrapbooks organized by Judd and dated from 1936 – 1990. The scrapbooks contain valuable information regarding Judd’s education, awards and prizes, exhibitions, and newspaper clippings.
13 1936 – 1950
14 1950 – 1955
15 1955 – 1965
16 1965 – 1990

Series 9: Three-Dimensional Objects

The Three-Dimensional items include 3 rocks collected by Judd and found in his studio in Dallas, Texas.
2 [Artifact Box]