Judith Schaechter is a Philadelphia-based artist known for her work in the medium of stained glass.[1] Her pieces often exhibit elements of parable, and her distorted faces and figures; her self-professed atheism ironically clashing with her medium's religious tradition.


Schaechter was born in Gainesville, Florida, in 1961, but spent her formative years growing up in Massachusetts.[2] She has served on the faculty of numerous art schools, such as the Rhode Island School of Design. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Crafts Department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Adjunct Faculty at the New York Academy of Art in New York, New York. Schaechter has also taught courses at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, Penland School of Crafts, Toyama Institute of Glass (Toyama, Toyama, Japan) and Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.[3]

She illustrated the cover for musician Andy Prieboy's 1991 album Montezuma Was a Man of Faith. Her work has been exhibited in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Schaechter's Bigtop Flophouse Bedspins appeared in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. She has artwork in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Hermitage Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Renwick Gallery, among other public and private collections.[3]

Her stained glass artwork has been included in two survey textbooks: "Women Artists" by Nancy Heller and "Makers" by Bruce Metcalf and Janet Koplos.

The Cold Genius, by Judith Schaechter, is on display in the Corning Museum of Glass.

Solo exhibitions


  • "Beauty and the Beef", Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, New York
  • "Judith Schaechter: A Relentless Pursuit of Perfection", Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile Alabama


  • "Judith Schaechter: A Relentless Pursuit of Perfection" Taubman Museum, Roanoke Virginia


  • "New Parables in Glass" Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, New York


  • "Burning Inside", Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, New York


  • "Seeing is Believing", Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, New York
  • "Judith Schaechter: Selected Works 1988-2003", Arnot Museum, Elmira, New York
  • "Judith Schaechter: Selected Works 1988-2003", Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington
  • "Stained" Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri


  • "Extra Virgin", Claire Oliver Fine Art, New York, New York
  • "Judith Schaechter: Selected Works 1988-2003", Bass Museum, Miami Beach, Florida, December 4, 2003 – March 7, 2004


  • Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia


  • Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 1–30
  • Smalands Museum, Vaxjo Sweden


  • Agni Fine Arts, The Hague, Netherlands


  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Morris Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio


  • "Judith Schaechter: Heart Attacks", Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. February 3-April 16
  • John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin


  • Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • Helander Gallery, New York, New York
  • Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida


  • "Virtue Triumphs", La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, California


  • Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • Challenge Show, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • "Beckoning Graves", Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • 2008 United States Artists, Rockefeller Fellowship in Crafts
  • 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 2003 Hauberg Fellowship. The Pilchuck Glass School
  • 2000 Innovation in a Technique, UrbanGlass
  • 1999 Leeway Foundation Award, crafts
  • 1995 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award
  • 1992 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, crafts
  • 1990 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, fellowship in crafts
  • 1989 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award
  • 1988 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), fellowship in crafts
  • 1986 National Endowment for the Arts, fellowship in crafts
  • 1985 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, fellowship in crafts


  1. ^ "Parables in Glass: Stained Glass Artwork by Judith Schaechter". Missioncreep.com. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  2. ^ "Judith Schaechter - Artist Interview - WOW x WOW". WOW x WOW. 2015-04-13. Retrieved 2018-03-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Judith Schaechter". www.judithschaechter.com. Retrieved 2018-03-13. 

Further reading

Further reading

  • Moody, Judith Tannenbaum ; with essays by Rick; Porges, Maria (1995). Judith Schaechter : heart attacks. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. ISBN 0884540804. 
  • Judith Schaechter: 1 September-30, 2000, Snyderman Gallery. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Snyderman Gallery. 2000. 
  • Judith Schaechter: Selected Works: 1988-2003. New York: COFA. c. 2003. 
  • Schaecter, Judith. "Solder and Cremora". Glass Art Society Journal (2004): 44–45. 
  • Schaechter, Judith. "Beauty and the Beef". Glass Art Society Journal (2010): 73–76, 89. 
  • Page, Andrew; Butler, Jim; Schaechter, Judith; Zimmerman, Walter. "Panel: Should the Term 'Glass Art' be Abolished". Glass Art Society Journal (2010): 137–138. 

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