Best known for her long term portrait series, Chicks with Balls: Judy Takács paints unsung female heroes, Judy holds a BFA in Illustration and Portrait Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art. A winner of 11 Best-In-Show Awards in the past seven years, she has curated, juried and exhibited in solo, group and juried shows at museums, art centers and colleges nationally.
Her work has been recognized by the Portrait Society of America, Art Renewal Center and has shown at the Butler Institute of American Art, ArtNEO Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Zanesville Museum of Art, Evanston Museum, Haggin Museum, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Salmagundi, and National Arts Clubs. She has been featured and in Poets/Artists Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, the Portrait Society Members Journal and reviewed in Cleveland Scene Magazine and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. As the 2018 Grand Prize Winner in the All-Media Competition, her painting, Ephemera Collector was featured in Artists Magazine.
She holds Signature status at the Akron Society of Artists, is an Associate with Distinction with American Women Artists, and an elected member of the legendary Salmagundi Art Club in NYC. An elected board member of Allied Artists of America, she serves as Social Media Chair. She is past chair of the New Media Relations Committee of the Cecilia Beaux Forum of the Portrait Society of America.
In 2013, the Ohio Arts Council awarded her the Individual Artistic Excellence Grant for her traveling painting project,Chicks with Balls: Judy Takács paints unsung female heroes. Chicks made its solo show debut at BAYarts in 2013 and has traveled through Ohio and Pennsylvania since.
Her accomplishments are noted on Wikipedia, and Judy most recently closed her critically acclaimed two-artist inaugural show, SECRETS, with the late Marilyn Szalay, Cleveland’s iconic figure drawing artist. Takács’ work is archived with the legendary artists of Cleveland at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and is part of the permanent collection of ArtNEO Museum and Susquehanna University.
In February of 2020, she will be having her first Museum Solo Show at the Zanesville Museum of Art in Central Ohio. The exhibition will feature her Chicks with Balls paintings along with her current focus, a series on Goddesses from Mythology re-imagined with a contemporary eye…working title, “Chick… Goddess…Woman”
Takács’ goal as a painter of people is to create a living breathing soul on canvas, who invites viewers to linger, connect and think.