The exhibition “Light & Color: The Artwork of Judith Croce” will run Feb. 9 through March 12, 2018, and will feature 30 works by Caldwell University Art Department faculty member Judith Croce, who died unexpectedly last summer. Croce was a member of the department from 1988 to 2017 and its chair from 1988 to 2000. In her career as a professional artist, she took a minimalist, nonobjective approach that celebrated subtle color shapes and simplified compositions.
In her studio process, Croce was an intrepid seeker, and this exhibition will present works in a variety of media including oils, gouache, encaustic (wax and pigment) and most recently, cut-paper wall installations. With an exquisite eye for color, space and light, she transmitted her vision into minimal geometric elements to create ephemeral harmonies using subtle tensions and perceptual ambiguity. Croce’s work was influenced by Matisse and Morandi and was later informed by Bauhaus color theorist Johannes Itten. Her work is held in numerous museums and corporate collections.
A reception will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, with a snow date of March 1. Check the university website for updates.