Judith Allen, Instructor
The dislocations in Judith Allen-Efstathiou’s cultural history have influenced her life and work. She grew up in the USA and later lived in Greece for 25 years. She now spends 6 months of each year in Athens, Greece and 6 months in Portland, Maine. Her prints and mixed media work frequently include unusual juxtapositions of different cultural motifs. She layers ancient and modern imagery from different cultures, reflecting her interested in the kinds of ornamentation that have been created in different countries at various periods in history. By using artifacts of culture rather than more objective imagery or text, she avoids the possible misreading (political, social or racial, for instance) while still being able to suggest diversity and interaction, pointing out not only the beauty of difference but also the comfort of shared origins.
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Bachelors of Fine Arts, combined degree program with
Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts 1989
University of Laverne, Laverne, California
Master of Education, 1992
Judith exhibits her work in both the USA and Greece and has participated in many international print biennials through the world. In Portland, Maine she is represented by Whitney Art Works and is a member of Peregrine Press. In Athens, Greece she is represented by Jill Yakas Gallery and is a member of the AFI artist collective and the Greek Artist Union.
Elena Sarni “Here and There” Artscope (March/April 2010)
Daniel Kany, “’Here and There’ Everywhere Puts Perspective in its Place” Maine Sunday
Telegram, Audience, (March 7, 2010)
Upside Down, AFI at the Benaki Museum, Text by Lauren Fensterstock, published by
The Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece (2009)
Maine Printmaking 1800-2005: The Imprint of Place by David P. Becker, published by
The Center for Maine Contemporary of Art and Down East Books. (2006)
Ian Paige. “Family Affair” The Portland Phoenix (March 17 2006)
Kathy Hayden. “Your Vision or Mine” Port City Life (March/April 2006)
Chris Thompson. Review Art New England (July/Aug. 2006)
Chris Thompson. “Mining Memory” The Portland Phoenix (April 13 2001)
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
Farnsworth Museum of Art, Rockland, Maine
Museum National, Warsaw, Poland.
Museum National of Silesia, Poland.
NYC Public Library, NY, NY
Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan CT
Michael Zilkha, Maine and Texas
Constatntionos Papageogio, Athens, Greece
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick Maine
University of New England Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
Republic Crane inc. Charlotte NC
Biddeford Public Schools, Percent for Art, as part of the Maine Arts Commission