Judy Chicago is an artist, feminist, humanist, educator and author whose career has spanned over four decades. She is a founder of the Feminist Art movement. In the early seventies, she created the pioneering Feminist Art Program at California State University and later at the California Institute of the Arts. Throughout her career, she has continued to make art a vehicle for intellectual transformation and social change.
She is an internationally acclaimed artist and author of many best selling books including Through the Flower: My struggle as a Woman Artist and The Dinner Party: A Symbol of our Heritage. Fragments From the Delta Of Venus is a collection of images based on the erotic writing of Anais Nin and was published in 2004 by Power House Books.
In 1999, she received a Presidential Appointment in Art and Gender Studies from Indiana University. She was awarded an Inter-Institutional-Artist-in-Residence at Duke University and at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, both in 2000. She has had solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. In 2002 a major exhibition of her work was presented at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Her work can be found in numerous museum collections including; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM, National Gallery, Washington, DC; Oakland Museum of Art, CA; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; British Museum, London, England; Getty Trust, Los Angeles, CA.
Her seminal work, The Dinner Party, 1979, is a symbolic history of women in western civilization. It has been on permanent display at the new Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum since 2007.