John Udvardy


John Udvardy, photo by Scott Lapham.

John Udvardy retired from a thirty-four year career teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design where he chaired the Foundation Studies program and taught three-dimensional design. A sculptor who seeks to make connections between natural and manmade forms, Udvardy collects and categorizes his objects in his studio in a way that indicates what an organized teacher he must have been. He was born in Ohio of Hungarian ancestry and received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and MFA from the Yale School of Art. On scholarship, he traveled through Europe and North Africa. Udvardy has exhibited his sculpture in solo and group exhibitions at many American museums and galleries. Among other honors, he received RISD’s Gold Sophia Medallion in recognition of his teaching career.

Source: NetWorks 2011-2012 Catalogue

John Udvardy Scaramouche (The Hear Thief)

Scaramouche (The Heart Thief),
Painted wood 74 x 40 x 16 in.


Video by: Richard Goulis
Studio Assistant: Jim Bosquet
Photography/additional video: Karen Philippi
Music: Video
Executive Producer: Joseph A. Chazan, M.D.

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- Highlighting the work of selected artists who have played vital roles in shaping the contemporary visual arts community in Rhode Island. This collection of brief video portraits provides a window into the lives, practices, and cultural contributions of professional artists.

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