Judy Sprague

Signature Member Pastel Society of Colorado

Undergraduate - University of Colorado, Boulder, 1961
BA - Art and Education, Western State College, Gunnison, CO 1981  
MA - Education and Counseling, Western State College, Gunnison, CO 1988

Institute for Women in Higher Education Management, 1989
Post MA - Psychology, Adams State College, Alamosa, CO 1995

Galleries and Exhibitions:

3rd Street Gallery, Westcliffe, Colorado 
Sportsman, Lake City, Colorado
Arkansas Valley  Digital Imaging Gallery, Buena Vista, Colorado, Aug. 2020

Current Award:

First Place Award - Pastel Painting "Waiting to Dance" at Westcliffe, Colorado's Third Street Gallery's "Shades of Summer" Art exhibition
which runs through the month of August 2020.

I am a retired educator, having a BA in Art and Education, a MA in Counseling, and post graduate work in Psychology. Before retiring from a career in Education in 2002 I served as Administrator, Counselor, or Art Instructor in colleges and high schools and as Mental Health Therapist at the Center for Mental Health in Montrose, Colorado.  In addition to serving as Director of Career Services at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado I taught graduate level art courses on a part time basis at Adams State College Extended Studies in Alamosa, CO and Western State College Summer Institute in Gunnison, CO.  I also taught adult continuing education courses part time at Mesa State College -Montrose Center, Montrose, CO and Aims Community College in Greeley, CO.  My career in Education also included Guidance Counseling in secondary schools. 

After my retirement from Education in 2002 I have devoted my time to my passion of creating art.  I work full time in my studio -and love every minute of it.  In the past 30 years my art has been accepted  into  numerous local, regional, state, and national art exhibitions.

                     Having earned the status of Signature member of the
                Pastel Society of Colorado 
                       I continue to strive for excellence in my art.

Exhibitions  - National and International

My drawings and paintings have been selected into the Paint America Top 100, the Paint America Top Mini 50, various National exhibitions including but not limited to the Appalachian Pastel Society National in the Bascom Center in Highlands, NC, the Mile High International in Denver, CO,  Empire 100 in Tucson, AZ, Western Spirit in Cheyenne, WY, Wyoming Arts Council National in Cheyenne, WY,  Sagebrush  National of Sheridan, WY, AANC National in Fort Collins, CO, Louisville National of Louisville, CO, Lines into Shapes of Estes Park, CO, Western Rendezous National in LaVeta, CO, National Greeley Art Exhibition, Artist Alpine Holiday in Ouray, CO, Martha's Vineyard International in Edgarton, Massachusetts,  and  Boulder National in Boulder, CO

Exhibitions - Regional

In addition to the above mentioned national shows I have exhibited,  and received awards, in numerous  local or regional  art shows and in galleries since 1982 in Crested Butte, Gunnison, Grand Lake, Paonia,  Loveland, Longmont, Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley, Delta, Hotchkiss, Montrose, Windsor, Cedaredge, Littleton, Evergreen, Buena Vista, Salida, Greenwood Village, Westcliffe, Estes Park, Denver, Colorado Springs, Canon City,  and Central City - all in Colorado, plus Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Cottonwood, Arizona.

I am proud to have had my art accepted into  art shows by these nationally acclaimed professional artists:  Ramone Kelley, Betty Carr, Chris Navarro, Arleta Pech, Mark Silvers, Tom Lockhart, Jeanne MacKenzie, Desmond O'Hagan,   Marc Hanson, Cheryl St. John, Ed Aldrich, Liz Haywood Sullivan, Doug Dawson, Molly Davis,  Stan Sperlak, Marla Baggetta, Doug Candelaria, Elizabeth Whelen,  Meredith Nimerov, and Carrie Wild.

Following are a few of my art related activities:

-Salida Studio Tour, Salida, Colorado 2019
                            -Solo Art Exhibition, 50 pieces, Coldwell Banker, Salida, Colorado 2019                               
-Board of Directors, Artist Liaison, National Greeley Art Exhibition 2017
-Board of Directors, CO Chair, National Greeley Art Exhibition 2015, 2016
-Board of Directors, National Greeley Art Exhibition 2014, 2015, 2016
-Board of Directors and Treasurer, Greeley Art Association, 2013, 2014
-Solo Art Exhibition, 30 pieces, Gunnison, Colorado 2013
-Board of Directors, Thompson Valley Art League, Loveland, CO 2009, 2010
-Board of Directors, Pastel Society of Colorado, 2010, 2011
-Art Instructor, Western State College Extended Studies Summer Teacher Institutes, 2008, 2009
-Art Instructor, Aims Community College Continuing Education, 2003, 2004, 2005, part time
-Art Instructor, Adams State College Extended Studies, 1995, 1996, 1997, part time
-Art Instructor, Mesa State College Continuing Education, 1995, 1996, 1997, part time


My art has been framed by these excellent professional framers:

Colorado Frames, Fort Collins, Colorado
Flying Bear Ranch, Fort Collins, Colorado
Otteman Arts, Loveland, Colorado
Rijks Gallery, Crested Butte, Colorado
Rocky Mtn Frames & Trophies, Gunnison, Colorado

Recent Fine Art Donations:
Central Colorado Conservancy:  2018, 2019
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center:  2018, 2019
Salida Chamber of Commerce:  2018
Salida Methodist Church, 2020

To contact me please email me at this address:
[email protected]