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Selections from the DeForrest Judd Sketchbooks

Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library

About the Collection


Page 61 from DeForrest Judd's Gulf Coast Sketchbook

The DeForrest Judd art work and papers were donated to the Bywaters Special Collections in 1993 by his wife, Mrs. Mary Belle Judd. SMU's Bywaters Special Collections unit is part of SMU's Hamon Arts Library. A finding aid to the collection is available in the Texas Archival Resources Online.

Hamon Arts Library digital collections are part of CUL Digital Collections, which contain thousands of digitized photographs, manuscripts, imprints, and works of art held by SMU's Central University Libraries special collections.

Collection Materials

The Selections from the DeForrest Judd Sketchbooks digital collection includes a sample of sketches from the nine sketchbooks held by SMU. The sketchbooks concentrate on Judd’s trips to Colorado, the Gulf Coast, Caddo Lake, Mexico, New Mexico, the Big Bend and the Hill Country in Texas. This set of 126 cropped images were selected for their beauty and as representative samples of his work.

Judd’s work reflects his study of nature: mountains, lakes, rocks, flowers, cactus, buildings, and scenes of everyday life that were painted or drawn in a semi-abstract form that made bold use of color.

Acclaim for Judd

Judd received numerous awards for his work, and while teaching at SMU his work was featured in many one-man shows in Texas including the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (1946), Southern Methodist University (1950, 1965, 1969, 1981), Elizabet Ney Museum (1952), Sul Ross State College (1957), Texas Tech Museum (1959), Fort Worth Art Center (1962), and the Beaumont Museum of Art (1971). His work was also exhibited in art centers and museum exhibitions around the country including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (one of twelve artists selected for the exhibition American Painting Today, 1950), Denver Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Judd’s work was also accepted into the permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, and Southern Methodist University.

Complete Sketchbooks

The full sketchbooks, which include all pages with uncropped images from each book, are available in Texas Artists: Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper. You can access the complete sketchbooks: Box 03, Colorado; Box 04, Gulf Coast; Box 05, Caddo Lake; Box 06, Taos '67; Box 07, Big Bend; Box 08, Big Bend, Hill Country, Caddo Lake; Box 09, Mexico '68; Box 10, Caddo; and Box 11, Colorado '66.

Digital Collections Guidelines and Procedures

Items in Central University Library Digital Collections are digitized following the SMU Central University Libraries Digitization Guidelines and Procedures. Digital collections are created under the guidelines of the nCDS Digital Collections: Filenaming, Workflow, and Metadata Guidelines, or through specialized metadata profiles tailored for the collection.


Copyright usage terms vary throughout the collection. Each item contains information about usage terms. If SMU does not have the right to publish the item on the Internet, only the item's metadata will be available and the digitized object will be available on a restricted access basis. Such items may only be viewed on campus. When items are available for use, please cite Bywaters Special Collections, Southern Methodist University when using this file. For more information contact

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