Dorothy (McGahee) Braudy is an artist born in Los Angeles and raised in Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, she received an M.F.A. from New York University and taught for many years at Pratt Institute, the University of Maryland, and Goucher College. Her work, which includes painting, photography, and printmaking, has been shown in New York, Washington, Baltimore, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Italy and is included in many private and public collections. A career retrospective of her work was shown at the Ellen Kim Murphy Gallery in Bergamot Station in 2000. Her first one person show was at Viridian Gallery, when it was in Soho and called Second Story Spring Street.
Other solo exhibitions include “Marking Time” (2005) and “Double Feature” (2007) at the Hamilton Galleries, Santa Monica, and in 2010 a one-person show at Northeastern University in Boston, as part of the conference “Art and Memory.”In 2014 she had a show with her artist son, David Fitzgerald, and her artist grandson, Travis Fitzgerald, “3 Generations”, in Manhattan.
Her website is dorothybraudy.com.
When I started painting in the 1950s, the rule of the land was abstract expressionism. Representational painting of any sort was considered to be a denial of the high calling of the artist. But somehow figures kept creeping into my work and, when I saw a show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1959, featuring the work of Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, and others, I felt even more authorized to find my own way between the figures of representation and the colors, shapes, and patterns of abstraction. Throughout my career I have been interested in capturing fleeting images and aspects of color, light, and shadow as they play across shapes and figures. I like to take something transient—a time of day, a momentary glimpse, a relation between two people—freeze it, and give that experience a resonance and a permanence through the resources available to me in art. In my work, I use a variety of materials and work in different media, but my goal has always been consistently to capture the beauty of everyday color and light. As Stephen Sondheim has written, “Color and light, there is only color and light.”
B.F.A., University of Kentucky (Art).
M.F.A., New York University (Art Education).
A.B.D., Teacher’s College, Columbia University (Art Education).
Studied painting at the Art Students League 1964-68 with Marshall Glasier, Morris Kantor, and Theodore Stamos.
Studied privately with Richard Pousette-Dart and Rudolf Baranik.
Studied printmaking 1972-77 with Anthony Harrison at Columbia and William Maxwell at Teachers College.
Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, Goucher College, 1978-83; Instructor, 1977-78. Instructor of Art, Towson State University, 1977.
Assistant Professor of Art Education, School of Arts and Design, Pratt Institute, 1976-78; Instructor, 1972-76.
Art teacher, various private and public schools in the New York/New Jersey area, 1964-72.
2010: “Marking Time” Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts2007:
“Double Feature,” Hamilton Galleries, Santa Monica, California
2005: “Marking Time,” Hamilton Galleries, Santa Monica, California
2000: “Finishing the Hat,” Ellen Kim Murphy Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica
1994: “Animal Rites,” Fisher gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (LAX/94 city-wide biennial show)
1991: 871 Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco.
Private View, Los Angeles.
1988: Orlando Gallery, Sherman Oaks, California.
1986: Orlando Gallery, Sherman Oaks, California.
UPB Gallery, Berkeley, California.
1985: Clark County Community College, Las Vegas, Nevada.
1984: Easton Academy of the Arts, Easton, Maryland.
UPB Gallery, Berkeley, California.
1982: Mason County Museum, Maysville, Kentucky.
Kraushaar Gallery, Goucher College, Baltimore.
1981: B.R.Kornblatt Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1979: B.R.Kornblatt Gallery, Baltimore.
1978: Hogan & Hartson, Washington, D.C. (prints and drawings).
Viridian Gallery, New York.
1977: Viridian Gallery, New York.
1976: Columbia University, Graduate School Gallery.
1975: Second Story Spring Street Society, Soho, New York.
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2015: “3 Generations” Home Studios, New York, New York.
2011: “Looking In” Hamilton Galleries, Santa Monica, California.
2007: BAU Institute, Hudson, New York.
2005: Art at the Castle, BAU Institute, Otranto, Italy
2004: Summer Show, BAU Institute, Otranto, Italy
1996: Contemporary American Artists, U.S. Embassy, Vienna, Austria
1992: 871 Fine Arts gallery, San Francisco
1991: 871 Fine Arts gallery, San Francisco
New Acquisitions Show, Rutgers University Art Museum
1989: 871 Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco
Distinguished Faculty Invitational Show, Towson State University.
1986: UPB Gallery, Berkeley.
1985: Orlando Gallery, Sherman Oaks
Personae: California Figurative Art, Cal State, LA
1984: Goucher College Centennial Show.
1982: Watercolor Show, Goucher College.
1981: Maryland Arts Council, “Intimate Interiors,” Goucher College.
1979: Baltimore Arts Festival, Maryland Institute of Science.
1977: Faculty Show, Pratt Institute Gallery.
Baltimore Museum of Art, Sales and Rental Gallery.
1975: Pratt-Phoenix Gallery, New York.
Women’s Interart Center, New York.
Manhattan Community College, New York.
Pratt Institute Gallery.
Teachers College, Columbia University.
1974: Off-Broadway Gallery, New York.
Jacques Baruch Gallery, Chicago.
Nyack Art Gallery, Nyack, New York.
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Richard Ide Memorial Lecture Room, University of Southern California Jane Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond, Virginia.
Museum Center, Maysville, Kentucky.
Art in the Embassies program, Vienna, Austria
“Sacred L.A,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, (Spring 2013).
See, Carolyn, “Spanish stucco and common dreams,” Los Angeles Times, April 30, 2006.
Marking Time. Los Angeles: Lettra, 2006. With essays by Selma Holo, Dorothy
Gallagher, and Tom Lutz; poem by David St. John.
“The Crossing,” Southern California Anthology, XIX (2003), Cover Image.
“Dreamers of Decadence,” Women’s Studies, 32, 7(November 2003). Cover Image.
“Finishing the Hat: Preface,” Women’s Studies, 32, 7(November 2003).
“Parma behind the Scenes,” Theatre Journal, 55 (March 2003). Cover Image.
Finishing the Hat: A Visual Memoir. Los Angeles: Lettra, 2000. With essays by Selma Holo, Francis Lerner, and Leo Braudy; poems by David St. John, Molly Bendall, Carol Muske, and Brenda Hillman.
“Dorothy Braudy: An Interview, director Dorothy Lyman, videotape, 2000.
“Dorothy Braudy, A Portfolio: Dreams of Broken Light,” Dreamworks, 1988.
REVIEWS AND ARTICLES
Lea Lion, “Scenes from the Movies”, Los Angeles Times, November 29, 2007
Selma Holo, “Finishing the Hat: Dorothy Braudy’s Artistic Journey,” Women’s Studies, 32, 7(November 2003).
Clara Sturak, “She Made a Hat Where There Never Was a Hat,” Santa Monica Mirror, October 4-10, 2000.
Sanda Agalidi, “‘Take 2’ at California Agro-American Museum and USC,” Art Week. January 1995.
Review. Los Angeles Times, December 9, 1988.
“Dorothy Braudy,” ArtScene, December 1988 (Molly Barnes).
“Dreams of Broken Light,” Dreamworks, 1988.
Review. Los Angeles Times, November 14, 1986.
“Dorothy McGahee celebrates summer in Goucher exhibit, Baltimore Sun, September 9, 1982 (Steve Purchase).
“Dorothy McGahee: The Pool Paintings,” New Art Examiner, October 1981 (Judith Cox).
“Swimmers, Sunbathers, and Showoffs are Caught in McGahee’s Pool Paintings,” Baltimore Sun, September 17, 1981 (J. Wynn Rousuck).
“Private Spaces,” New York Journal of the Arts, September-October 1978 (Holland Cotter).
Review, Arts Magazine, October 1978 (Margaret Pomfret).
Review, Arts Magazine, April .1977 (Margaret Pomfret).
Featured Artist, Northeastern University, The Arts of Being, 2010
Guest Artist, Molly Barnes’s Art Talk, KCSN, November 2007
Lectures on American Art since World War II in Beijing, Xian, Loyang, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, May 1990.
“From Student to Professional: The Problem of Transition in an Artistic Career,” San Diego Community College, April 1988.
Student Art Show Judge, Chapman College, May 1988.
Guest Artist, Molly Barnes’s Art Talk, KPFK, April 1988.