BIO/ STATEMENT Judith Joseph is a full time studio artist living and working in the Chicago area. She is a calligrapher, painter and printmaker. She specializes in the art of the ketubah (illustrated Jewish marriage contract). She has been involved in making ketubahs since she was 17 years old, and has done hundreds of them as original commissioned works, along with commissioned paintings and illustrations. In addition to her commissioned work, she shows her art widely, in solo and group exhibitions across the country and in Canada. She is on the faculty of the Chicago Botanic Garden and The Art Center, Highland Park, Illinois, where she teaches painting and calligraphy. She teaches workshops and artist residencies. Her interest in calligraphy has kindled a fascination with ancient media: egg tempera paint, gold leaf, carving wood blocks for prints, copper and brass repousse. She enjoys connecting with the natural elements of art-making, and has brewed walnut ink from her own black walnut tree. When she is not making art, she spends as much time as possible outdoors, in all seasons.