CV/Bio


   Judith Kazdym Leeds is a nationally known award winning artist who has created over 3,000 book jackets including the classic book, THE COLOR PURPLE.  Her work has appeared in both national and international magazines having won numerous awards and medals.  She was named by Print Magazine, in a 40 year retrospective,  as being among the elite group of artists who had created the most innovative designs in the United States.

Now turning her talents to painting, her work has appeared in many venues throughout New Jersey and New York. She has received numerous awards and medals including Best of Show three times from the Pastel Society of New Jersey and was accepted in 2010, 2012 & 2014 into the Pastel Society of America's prestigious annual juried show.  In 2014 she was elected a Signature Member of that organization. Her work has also been shown in The International Association of Pastel Societies annual juried show. In 2012 she received the Audubon Artist's 70th Annual Silver Medal of Honor and in 2013 she was awarded Honorable Mention from the Portrait Society of America.  Her work is in the permanent collection of the Mayo Performing Arts Center. ( full list of awards available )

Working in pastels, oils and acrylics Judith's art reflect "her up-beat, colorful and personal view of the world around us."

" I especially love painting people in their personal comfort zones.  People have their lives etched into their faces.  To me that is true beauty.  It's the intimate moments that define a life and I try to capture these fleeting impressions in my paintings."


Judith graduated cum laude from Boston University's School of Fine Arts.  She lives in Montville, New Jersey and currently serves as Program Director on the Board of the Pastel Society of New Jersey.

Her work can be found in both public and private collections.