Judy Kensley McKie

Judy Kensley McKie

Portrait of Judy Kensley McKie

Judy Kensley McKie of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is recognized as a premiere figure in the American studio furniture movement. Her furniture in carved and painted wood, cast bronze, marble, stone, and resin occupies a singular position in the field. 

Her work has been featured in major survey exhibitions of the studio furniture field at such venues as the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the RISD Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, all of which hold examples of her work in their collections.

“McKie’s furniture comes to life through her use of form, line, pattern and color in her often animal-derived wood carving and bronze casting,” said Awards Committee Chair Tom Loeser. “The irresistible qualities of McKie’s practice derive from a rigorous and far-ranging drawing practice that is deeply embedded in the finished objects in a way that manages to be both precise  yet fresh and loose at the same time.”