Judy Ledgerwood was born in Brazil, Indiana in 1959. She graduated in 1982 with a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, OH and received a MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL in 1984. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and overseas. Early in her career, Ledgerwood began incorporating traditionally feminine pastel colors into her paintings in an attempt to challenge and undermine the historically male-dominated tradition of abstract painting. Today her compositions include circular motifs typically associated with the decorative arts tradition and the pastel palette has been replaced in favor of more optically stimulating hues. Ledgerwood is the recipient of a The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award, an Artadia Award, a Tiffany Award in the Visual Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, and an Illinois Art Council Award.