For a change of pace from the election, have you noticed that Judith Inglese is installing a wonderful ceramic mural depicting the history of Rockville on the wall facing Washington Street in the Town Square? Her handcut and glazed tiles fit together as a puzzle (not just squares of painted tile) and includes bas relief elements. When you see it, it may remind you of the cafeteria mural at Twinbrook Elementary School (1987), two murals at Luxmanor Elementary School (1989), and the entry plinth at the Senior Center (1998)–those are her works as well. She is currently in the midst of installing the second of three murals and she was happy to chat when I stopped by (but she’s on a schedule and working with grout, so don’t talk too long!). When she’s finished, you’re not only going to enjoy seeing it, but touching it as well. What a marvelous addition to our city’s public art collection!
Judith trained at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy, the Boston Museum School of Fine Art, and Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York where she received her bachelor’s degree. As a student at Sarah Lawrence, she was memorably encouraged by her art professor to go as far away from New York City as possible in order to more freely develop her individual craft. She ended up in the serenity of Leverett, Massachusetts where she currently lives with her family, two dogs and more than a handful of chickens.