Judith Joseph

Chicago, IL USA


Judith Joseph is a Chicago based artist whose work is exhibited internationally. She specializes in commissioned work. Her work is idea-driven, and she works across media, chiefly woodblock prints, Hebrew calligraphy, painting and installation.  Her work is in hundreds of public and private collections, including the Chicago Public Library, the University of Illinois, Milwaukee Public Museum, K.A.M. Isaiah-Israel Congregation, Hillel Milwaukee and numerous synagogues.  Numerous solo and two-person exhibitions include the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Kraft Center at Columbia University, ARC Gallery- Chicago, the Illinois Arts Council Gallery- Chicago and the Zack Gallery in Vancouver, Canada. 

Residencies and fellowships include the University of Illinois Presidential Initiative in the Arts and Humanities Residency Program (2022), the Amen Institute Fellowship (2022), the Spertus Institute Fellowship (2015) and Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Awards in 1998 and 2004.

Her conceptual art practice is paired with work as a calligrapher and illustrator, and her specialty is the Ketubah. She is a published illustrator and is currently working on a children’s picture book.  She is on the art faculty of the Chicago Botanic Garden and teaches an Artists’ Beit Midrash with Dr. Jane Shapiro.  She has a B.S. in Art from the University of Wisconsin.


Ketubot and Hebrew Calligraphic Works

Torah Cover

Trees of Life

Donor Painting, inscribed with names

Ghost Scrolls

Spring Tree – Priestly Blessing

Designed for smaller version as commission for Rabbi Michael Siegel of Chicago, by his wife. Reproduced digitally as ketubot, with added text area below tree.

Spring Tree: 40” x 30”, acrylic on canvas. 2020