Judith Langland Biography
Judith Langland received her MFA in 1964 under John Goodyear, Walter Kamus and others at the University of Massachusetts. She was the first woman MFA graduate from UMass. Shortly after graduation, she developed a color field painting technique of staining raw canvas with acrylic paints, a new medium. Before and after receiving her MFA, she studied painting for several years with Leo Manzo and Victor Candell in their summer workshop, Provincetown, MA.
Her color field paintings were contempory with other painters of the era. Unlike most other color field and hard edge painters, she did not use masking tape to create edge, but used careful hand painting. Along with the biomorpnic forms and staining technique, her hand painting give the works an organic glow.
She showed extensively in New England, especially in Provincetown MA, and in the Amherst and Northampton area. She also showed her work in Laramie Wyoming, and Rome, Italy. She had a one woman show at the Alwyn Gallery, London of her color field pieces in 1968.
She also studied with Robert Russin, sculptor, Ilya Bolotowsky, and Jim Boyle at the University of Wyoming in the late 1950s.
She was an employed and an arts therapist by the the Massachusetts Dept. of Mental Health for 20 years, a pioneer in the field.
Judith Langland was born Judith Wood in Cohasset MA, in 1915, and died in Gainsville Florida in 1997.
She married to poet Joseph Langland in 1943. Shortly after World War II during which time Joseph Langland served in Europe, they moved to Laramie Wyoming where Joseph was an English professor. In 1959, they moved to Amherst Massachusetts where Joseph became developed and was head of the MFA in creative writing at the University of Massachusttts, Amherst. They continued to live there until her death in 1997.
They traveled extensively. Joseph Langland's papers are in the archives of Luther College, Decorah, IA, from which he received an honory PHD.
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