CSEAS Friday Lecture: Judy Jensen, Austin-based artist

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies Presents:

Southeast Asia Lecture Series


Speaker: Judy Jensen

Title: “Sacred Glass:  The Wat Chong Klang Project”

Austin-based artist Judy Jensen first visited Mae Hong Son in 2000.  She was drawn by a brief mention in a guidebook about 19th-century Wat Chong Klang, which houses a collection of 180 Burmese reverse paintings on glass.  Enamored with the paintings, each depicting tales of the Buddha’s life and his previous incarnations, Jensen returned 5 years later. To her dismay, a number of the paintings had been either irreparably damaged or destroyed by the December 2004 earthquake. 

Jensen’s professional artistic process specialization is reverse painting on glass. Since late 2012, Jensen has been making new glass paintings for the temple, delivering and donating them to replace those destroyed. Jensen will be discussing the touching and remarkable events that have propelled her undertaking, as well as the rewarding spiritual and artistic challenges involved.  

Judy Jensen has exhibited widely. Solo venues include eight exhibits with New York’s Heller Gallery, the Galveston Arts Center, The Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts, and Brendan Walter Gallery in Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include Gerald Peters Gallery in New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., Atlanta’s High Museum, the New Delhi Biennale, Chicago’s Navy Pier, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and The Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Japan.

A U.S. National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant recipient, her works are in numerous public and private collections, including Canada's Royal Ontario Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, McDonald’s Corporate Art Collection, Austin/Bergstrom International Airport and the Washington Art Consortium. Her most recent honors are a grant from the James H. W. Thompson Foundation in Bangkok, and her designation by the City of Austin as Creative Ambassador to Thailand.   Her lectures about the project included Bangkok National Museum, The Siam Society in Bangkok, and The Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas. 

Friday, February 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Campus Life Building, Room 100
545 Lucinda Ave, DeKalb, IL 60115

Event Type

Lectures, Presentations and Workshops


Arts and Culture

Target Audience

Students, Faculty and Staff, Alumni, General Public, Prospective Students



Art Museum, Center for Burma Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Art and Design
Contact Name

Rachael Skog

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