Judie Spencer is a native of Urbana, Illinois. She graduated with honors from the University of Illinois in 1989, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts/Metals. As a student she was employed at the World Heritage Museum and continued there for two years after graduation, helping to mount exhibitions and catalogue collections. Previous to her studies at UIUC, she was an assistant costumer at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts where she developed skills involved in theatrical costume production for theater, opera and dance departments. Her lifelong interest in needlework, textiles and art has led her down many paths of research and study relating to historic and ethnic clothing and personal ornamentation. In recent years she has focused on loom woven beadwork to produce distinctive jewelry and beaded wall hangings.

 

                                                                             Exhibitions 
  
  Artist of the Corridor
   Exhibitor- Fall 2018
   Urbana Public Arts Program
   Urbana, Illinois

  Workshop|Loom Woven Beadwork
   Presenter, Spring 2018
   Metal and Jewelry Design Program|Metal Guild
   Link Gallery|Krannert Art Museum
   University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

  Illinois at 200 Exhibition
   Exhibitor, Summer 2018
   Giertz Gallery at Parkland College
   Champaign, Illinois

 Craft League of Champaign-Urbana Annual Sale
   Member and Exhibitor - 2014-2018
   Urbana Civic Center
   Urbana, Illinois
   
 Stitch: A Regional Contemporary Art Textile Exhibition
   Exhibitor, Summer - 2015
   Claypool-Young Art Gallery
   Morehead State University
   Morehead, Kentucky

Cracked Glass Art Glass Studio
    Exhibitor, 2013 - 2015
    Champaign, Illinois

Museum of the Grand Prairie
   
Guest Exhibitor, Summer- 2013
  
 Mahomet, Illinois

University of Illinois School of Art & Design All School Reunion 
   Figure One Gallery
   Exhibitor, June, 2013
   Champaign, Illinois

Artists Against Aids
   Annual Art Exhibition and Benefit Sale to support the Greater Community AIDS Project (GCAP)
   Exhibitor, Spring- 2005, 2006 and 2017
   Champaign, Illinois

 Boneyard Arts Festival
   Sponsored by 40 North 88 West and Champaign County Arts Council
   Exhibitor, Spring- 2006, 2008, 2011-2015 and 2018
   Champaign, Illinois

 Villa Galleries
   Exhibitor, Summer- 2010
   Arthur, Illinois

Verde Gallery
   Exhibitor, January, 2006
   Champaign, Illinois

 Virtu Cooperative Gallery
   Member and Gallery Contributor, 2002 and 2003
   Monticello, Illinois