JUDITH PECK, Ed.D.
Professor emerita of art
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Judith Peck is a sculptor and Professor Emeritus of Art at Ramapo (State) College of New Jersey. Her work is in 80 public and private collections including the Yale Art Gallery, the Ghetto Fighters Museum in Israel, libraries, temples, colleges, and offices. Added to gallery and museum exhibitions of her works in bronze, stone, wood, fiberglass and mixed media are on-site installations such as Dag Hammarskjold Plaza NYC termed Gateway to the UN, Stamford CT city streets, Meredith Sculpture Walk NH, Main Street Concord NH, Edith Wharton Home Lenox MA, the Lowenstein Pavilion at Fordham University Lincoln Center, Sculpture for Leonia NJ and Clifton Sculpture Park NJ. Among permanent installations are City of West Palm Beach FL, Teaneck Memorial Library NJ, Tenafly High School NJ, temples in Nyack, NY, Baltimore, MD and elsewhere. Images and video presentations about her work can be viewed at https://www.jpecksculpture.com/.
Dr. Peck’s sculpture and writing reflects her interest in human rights, most urgently issues surrounding immigration, but always about people and the situations in which they find themselves. During her 41-year tenure at Ramapo College she instituted a program (on-going) to train college students to conduct art workshops in jails, homes for abused children, psychiatric centers, domestic violence shelters, drug abuse facilities, urban housing projects and nursing homes. The program exposes college students to the major domestic issues of our time—crime, mental illness, poverty, child abuse, substance abuse and aging—while providing them an opportunity to help others and share the self-fulfillment of creative activity. Her book on this program titled Art and Social Interaction was published 2022 by Routledge, a division of Taylor & Francis. Her newest book for teachers and parents of young children (Routledge 2023) is Dynamic Play and Creative Movement: Powering Body and Brain. Peck’s second novel, Naked Under the Lights (Black Rose writing 2001), centers on a dysfunctional family and the functional energy of artistic production. Her novels, books on art techniques, parenting, higher education and children’s picture books can be found on https://iapbooks.com.
Judith obtained a doctorate at NYU, two master’s degrees, Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree, Adelphi University along with years of study at the Art Students League in NYC. She lives and works in Mahwah New Jersey. Dr. Peck has four grown children and twelve grandchildren, their accomplishments collectively comprising an American industry.