Selected Exhibitions

Hidden Beauty Photography Exhibition, Filoli, Woodside. Juried. Two pinhole photos: "The boy and I are pursued by a huge dinosaur," and "pinhole photo of the late Cretaceous."
Exhibit of my handmade pinhole artist's cameras and artist's books holding photos from the cameras, Filoli, Woodside, Invitational. (On display at the same time as the Hidden Beauty show.)

Statewide Photography Competition and Exhibition,
Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara. Juried
Muse Juried Group Showcase, Diffusion Magazine: Unconventional Photography, Vol. IV, 2012, photo of the Zymoglyphic Mermaid.

Artist's Books Cornucopia II,
Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado. International, Juried
Photo Book Works, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon. Traveled from Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado. Juried.

Photo Book Works,
Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado. Juried. This show traveled to 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon in January of 2011. Juried

Box, Hole, and Film,
Collections Room, Peninsula Museum of Art, Belmont, California. Two of my hand made pinhole cameras, Tyrannosaurus photo ventris and Memory Cam, some photos taken with those cameras, my collection of old film cameras and some basic pinhole cameras I have made. Invitational.
Polyglot, Gualala Arts Center, Gualala, California. Invitational.
Free For All, Fiji Island Mermaid Press. An online exhibit of free, download-able, make-it-yourself artist's books. Invitational.

Book Arts Jam Members Gallery.
Book Arts Jam, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California.

Metal Works North,
Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah, California. Invitational.
Conceptually Bound 3, University Art Gallery, California State University, Chico. Traveled to the Mohr Gallery, Community School of Music and Art, Mountain View, California in 2008. Invitational.

Book Arts Jam Members Gallery,
Book Arts Jam, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California.

Cultural Arts Council Gallery, Santa Rosa, California. Juried.

Book Arts Jam,
Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California.

Fifty Years in the Making: The Bay Area Metal Arts Guild 1951-2001,
Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco. Invitational.

Books As Art: Art As Books,
Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara. Metal book. Invitational.
Conceptually Bound, 1078 Gallery, Chico. Ten books. Invitational.

Kid's Lit 1.0.Wonder,
Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto. Invitational.

Artist's Books, Art from Books, Sketchbooks,
Sunnyvale Creative Arts Center Gallery, Sunnyvale.
Book explorations, '99, Yankee Barn Gallery, Kingston.

Metal Speaks: The Unexpected,
San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, San Francisco. Invitational.

One person show
in conjunction with North Redwoods Book Arts Conference, Graystone, Eureka.
Small, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery. Spectacles, fish book. Invitational.

Body and Soul,
one person show, Art and Soul Gallery, Mill Valley.
Valentine Show, De Novo Gallery, Palo Alto. Invitational.
Wearable Expressions: The Personal Art, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes.
Art by Design, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose.

Made in California,
Contemporary Crafts Museum, San Francisco.
Pictures for 1000 Words, Art and Soul, Mill Valley. Invitational.
Op Art: Eyeglasses by Jewelers, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Portland.

Metals of the Dreamtime,
one person show, Maxine's, San Francisco.
Modern Spirits, Gallery Eight, La Jolla. Invitational.
Small Treasures, Collector's Gallery, Oakland Museum, Oakland. Invitational.
California Metals, Hearst Art Gallery, Moraga.

Featured Crafts Artist in March,
Collectors Gallery, Oakland Museum, Oakland.
New Metalwork: Judith Hoffman, Bruce Metcalf, San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, San Francisco.
Metals Now 1992, Downey Museum of Art, Downey.
Assemblage Assembly, Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach. Invitational.
The Metal Arts Guild-Velvet da Vinci Show, Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco.

Precious Metals and Small Surprises,
Triton Museum Gift Shop, Santa Clara. Four person show.
What a Sight: Spectacular Spectacles, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles
Boxes, California Crafts Museum, San Francisco. Invitational.
Fish Out of Water, California Crafts Museum, San Francisco.
In Book Form: The Artist's Book, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley.

ACC Pacific States Craft Fair,
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. (invited to share the San Jose State Booth)
Beyond Words: The Book as Metaphor for Art, Volume I & II (two separate shows with different art works), San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum & California Crafts Museum, San Francisco. Invitational.
Metal: Sculpture and Function, Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco.
California Metal Forms '90, California Crafts Museum, San Francisco.
Metals Now, Downey Museum of Art, Downey.

Discovery '89,
California Crafts Museum, San Francisco. Books, spectacles, small sculpture.
Four from One, San Jose Art League, San Jose. Four person show.
U. S. Metal, Art Department Gallery, San Francisco State University, San Francisco.
Women Artists '89, Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento.

The Recurring Dream of Dragon Soup and Helicopters,
Gallery III, SJSU, San Jose.

Selected Awards

2005 Unbound-Bound, Cultural Arts Council Gallery, Santa Rosa, California. Merit Award for Fish Who Swims in the Stars.
1995 "Wearable Expressions: The Personal Art," Palos Verdes Art Center, Juror's choice award.
"Art By Design Jewelry Competition". San Jose Museum of Art Bookstore, First Place. 
1994 "California Works '94." California State Fair, Juror's Award
1991 Slides accepted into juried Craft and Folk Art Museum slide library, New York.
1990 "California Metal Forms '90," California Crafts Museum, San Francisco, RGA  Award.
1989 "California Works '89." California State Fair, Award of Excellence.


Quarry Books, Salamony, Sandra, Thomas, Peter and Donna. "1000 Artist's Books," 2012. Photos of "Oneiro," "Dinosaur Wave" and "zero to twelve."

Schiffer Publishing, Martin, Brigitte. "Humor in Craft," 2012. Photo of "7 Extinction Events."

Lark Crafts, Hettmansperger, Mary. “Heat, Color, Set and Fire,” 2012. Photos of “Spectacles for a Fish Goddess” and “You are the star of my heart.”

CWIPress, Edited by Jody Shipka with Nic Nichols. "Play! Toy Camera Photographers for Tots:" 2011, pp 66, 67. "In my Dream the Boy and I are Chased across the beach by a huge dinosaur," and "Photo of the Late Cretaceous by Tyrannosaurus Photo Ventris."

North Light Books, Kushnir, Tammy. "The Elemental Journal," 2011, pp 118, 119. Photos of "zero to twelve" and "Fern Book."

Lark Books, Hemachandra, Ray. "Lark Studio Series: Handmade Books," 2010. Photo of 7 Extinction Events.

Diffusion: Unconventional Photography, "Home Made Camera Gallery," Volume II, 2010, pp. 24-25. Photo of my pinhole camera Tyrannosaurus photo ventris and a photo taken with the camera.

Cichon, Dottie. "Conceptually Bound," Ampersand, Spring 2008, page 11.

Lark Books, Tourtillott, Suzanne J. E., senior editor, Steve Miller, juror. "500 Handmade Books," 2008, pp. 7 and 212. Photo of "7 Extinction Events." In his Introduction, Steve Miller said: "When it comes to the whimsical and playful, Judith Hoffman's "7 Extinction Events" brings the house down. A book that pops out of a dinosaur is simply too exciting not to be included in this collection. . . " (p.7).

Tondreau, Alexa. "Bound to Inspire," Mountain View Voice, April 25, 2008, p. 25. Photo of "The Expedition to an Unknown Land by Ludmilla Paulsdotter." A reproduction of the review.

Young, John W. "Page turners," Chico News and Review, April 19, 2001. A reproduction of the review.

LaPlantz, Shereen. "The Art and Craft of Handmade Books," 2001. Photo of "Celestial Navigator."

Nicholson, Marilyn. "Mechanics, Connection and Odd Stones," April, 1997, talk given at SNAG Conference. Marilyn included slides of my work, among many others.

McCreight, Tim. "Jewelry: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing," photo of Bird Goddess Brooch. 1997.

LaPlantz, Shereen. "Cover to Cover, Creative Techniques for making Beautiful Books, Journals and  Albums," photographs of “Fish Messages,” “Instruction Manual for the Moon,” “The Distance of the Moon,” “True Light.”. 1995.

Patzlaff, Kris. "Metalwork: Metal Arts Guild Juried Exhibition," Metalsmith, Fall, 1992, page 44.

Bragdon, Phyllis. "Artist's Books show wide array of works in visually distinct format," Mill Valley Herald, August 19-25, 1991, page 6. Photo of "Instruction Manual for the Stars."

Clagett, Leslie. "Bound for Art," SF Magazine, December, 1990, page 91. Photograph and description of "Instruction Manual for a Heart."

Douglas, Betsy. "SNAG '90," Metalsmith, Fall 1990, page 46. Photo of "Spectacles for Seeing Stars."

Turner, Priscilla. Gallery, Alaska Airlines Magazine, May, 1990, page 31. "Photograph of Instruction Manual for the Moon," and a short quote. 

San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook, April 15, 1990. Photograph of "Man Moon-Go."

San Francisco Bay Guardian, 8 Days a Week, March 7, 1990, page 36. Photograph of "Instruction Manual for the Stars."

Thurston, Jacqueline. "Artist's Images, Memories and Dreams," C. G. Jung Institute, San Francisco, October 27, 1989. Jacqueline presented slides of work and writings by four artists. Her talk focused on how to hear the voice of one's own symbolic imagery.

Workshops, Publications, Lectures, Community Involvement

2008 Panelist for Conceptually Bound 3 exhibit.
Artist's talk at the Book Arts Jam.
Make a matchbox pinhole camera – repeat of demo for the Book Arts Jam.
Make a matchbox pinhole camera – demo for the Book Arts Jam.
2005 How to make a metal book demo at Book Arts Jam. I showed all the steps in making a book like Instruction Manual for the Moon, in a Martha Stewart style of book making.
2004 Juror, Book Arts Jam.
2001 Article on making a metal book, Dog Eared Magazine.
1997 Instructor, Palo Alto Culural Center, Metal Techniques for Book Artists, Winter 1997.
1996 Juror, Metal Arts Guild Fair Competition.
Ten week bezel class, San Jose State University, through Career Development Catalog.
1994-2006 Workshops on "Bizarre Bezels," and "Getting in Touch With Your Creativity," for Palo Alto Cultural Center, David LaPlantz's advanced jewelry students at Humboldt State University and the Metal Arts Guild, San Francisco. 
1993 Juror, California State Fair, California Works Competition.
1992-1996 Articles on creativity, workshops and shows for "Jewelry/Metals Survey #2," (ed. David and   Shereen LaPlantz) and Metal Arts Guildletter.
1991-1996 Vice President, newsletter editor, writer for newsletter, Metal Arts Guild.
1989-1996 Guest Lecturer for advanced metals class at San Francisco State University; Metal Arts Guild, San Francisco; San Jose Art History Club; San Jose State University Humble Artist Lecture Series.

Collectors of Note

Carrie Fisher
Marsha Williams
Susan Dannenfelser
Rand Schiltz
Virginia Breier
Phyllis Janklow
Ann Marie Mix
Toby Klayman
Jacqueline Thurston
Amy Lynge
Maxine Gold


B.F.A. San Jose State University, 1983. Two dimensional emphasis. BFA project: collages and books.
M.F.A. San Jose State University, 1988. Three dimensional emphasis. MFA project: metal books, book people, boxes.

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