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Judith Nicolaidis - Curriculum Vitae


San Diego State University, Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Art and Master of Arts.


Professor emerita, Southwestern College (SWC), School of Arts & Communication, Chula Vista, CA 91910. Subjects of ceramics, drawing, life drawing, life sculpture. Art Gallery Director, 2002, 2004-06.


"TIJUANA ESTUARY AND BEYOND," Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, 2011.

"ONGOING SCULPTURE INSTALLATION," Pilates Plus Studio, San Diego, CA, 2011.

"PORTRAIT OF HORTENSIA," sculpture installation, Community Center, Maclovio Rojas, Tijuana, Mexico, 2011.

"TRACKING THE MUSE - A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION," One-person show, Southwestern College Art Gallery, Chula Vista, CA, 2008.

"MARIAN DEVOTION," Cactus Gallery, Eagle Rock, CA, 2007.

"CERAMICS," Three-person show, Grossmont College Hyde Art Gallery, El Cajon, CA, 2007.

"SOUTHWESTERN CLAY," Curator and Exhibitor, Artistspace, Del Mar, CA, 2006.

"BOOK ARTS: Exploring the Diverse Spectrum of the Artist Book," The Next Door Gallery, San Diego, CA, 2006.

"KEEP ON CROSSIN'...," Faculty Exhibition, Southwestern College Art Gallery, Chula Vista, CA, 2005.

"TEN YEARS: SELECTED WORKS," Two-person show, Artistspace, Del Mar, CA, 2005.

"ALLIED CRAFTSMEN," Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA, 2005.


"NEW WORK," Allied Craftsmen of San Diego, Grove Gallery, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 2004.

"IMAGES OF TIJUANA," images of the "Guadalupe Arch" are included in a permanent installation of large scale color photographs on the border fence facing the Rodriguez Airport Terminal, Tijuana, Mexico, 2004.

"FRESH," Faculty Exhibition, Southwestern College Art Gallery, Chula Vista, CA, 2003.

"EL ARCO DE GUADALUPE" (Guadalupe Arch), large scale outdoor public monument, located in Maclovio Rojas, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, 2002-2003.

"ALLIED CRAFTSMEN 2003," Next Door Gallery, San Diego, CA. 2003.

"SPIRITUAL ART V International," Period Gallery. Omaha, NE, 2002.

"ART DEFENDS. Border Realities XIII," Features five artists and collaborators working with the Border Art Workshop/Taller de Fronterizo on projects and exhibitions partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Southwestern College Art Gallery, Chula Vista, CA, 2002.

"LA FERTILIDAD SIMBOLIZA LA CREATIVIDAD," public sculpture built in collaboration with Southwestern College students. Site: Courtyard of Women’s Center, Poblado Maclovio Rojas, Tijuana, Mexico. Dedicated April, 2002.

"ALL MEDIA IV, Juried and Invitational International Exhibition," Period Gallery. Catalog. Omaha, NE, 2002.

"40th ANNIVERSARY FACULTY EXHIBITION," Southwestern College Art Gallery, Chula Vista, CA, 2001.

 "SPIRAL ENERGY," Installation, Sweetwater Springs Shopping Center, Spring Valley, CA, 2001.

"CALIFORNIA CLAY COMPETITION," Twelfth Annual Exhibit. Sponsored by The Artery, in conjunction with the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art. Juror, Yoshio Taylor. Award. Catalog. Davis, CA, 2001.

"FACULTY 2000: An exhibition of Current and Emeriti Faculty," Southwestern College Art Gallery, Chula Vista, CA, 1999. Catalog.

"FEMININE SONG," One-person exhibition, St. John’s University Gallery, Collegeville, MN, 1998.

"CANTO FEMENINO," One-person exhibition, Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA, 1997.

"THE TENTH ANNUAL SAN ANGELO NATIONAL CERAMIC COMPETITION," San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts; San Angelo, TX, 1995. Catalog.

"MID-WINTER AWARD SHOW," Juror:  Robert McDonald, San Diego Art Institute, 1986, Honorable Mention.

"SOURCE WORK: MIDWESTERN ORIGINS," One-person show, Spectrum Gallery, San Diego, CA, 1985.

"CLAY...U.S.A....1985," International Ceramics Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand, a multivisual sound production by Gene Kleinsmith, 1985.

"CLAY SCULPTURE AND IMAGERY," One-person ten-year retrospective, Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA, 1985.

"TWENTY AMERICAN CLAY ARTISTS...1984," A multivisual sound production at The Pompidou Centre for the Arts, Paris; The Municipal Cultural Center of Athens, Greece; Acropolis Ceramics in Athens, Greece; Heraklion Cultural Center, Crete; Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. My work received a standing ovation in Paris!

"CLAY...U.S.A....1984," National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) National Conference at Boston.  A multivisual sound production.

"VIEWPOINT CERAMICS 1983," Galley Eight, La Jolla; Cygnus Gallery, San Diego; and Grossmont College Art Gallery, El Cajon, CA. A traveling exhibition with new work for each show. Catalog.

"COLOR FUSIONS AND MARKINGS," One-person show, Spectrum Gallery, San Diego, CA, 1983.

"TWO VIEWS IN CLAY," Two-person show, Mira Costa College, Catalog, Oceanside, CA, 1982.

"VIGILANCE," Curated by Lucy Lippard, Franklin Furnace, New York City, NY, 1980.

"SPEAKING VOLUMES," Curated by Lucy Lippard, AIR, New York City, NY, 1980.

"SYNERGISM," A two-person collaborative installation, 552 Gallery, San Diego, CA, 1980.

"IN SITE/ON SITE," An Exhibition of Environmental Art Works; Escondido Cultural Arts Commission program of Art in Public Places, Escondido, CA.  A two-person collaborative installation, 1980.

"AMERICAN CRAFTS: 200 YEARS LATER," San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA, 1976.

"CERAMIC SCULPTURE," Palomar College, San Marcos, CA, 1974.  Sculpture purchase for permanent collection.


PROJECTS: From an extensive slide record of crafts and sites in Mexico, a selected group was donated to the Southwestern College Slide Library. Produced a glossary of ceramics and design terms in Spanish and English. Produced six new ceramic sculptures and completed two in progress.


PROJECTS: Researched and produced a book outline on the Development of Twentieth Century American Ceramics.  Produced a half-hour color video program entitled "Erik Gronborg: Artist in Clay," copyright 1980.  Aired on PBS and Channel 28, 1979.  Produced a book, THEA, A Collection of Photographs and Quotes. Edition of 500, copyright 1979.


CLAY TIMES, "The Guadalupe Arch," Lana Wilson, p. 26-27, Voume 14, Number 5, September/October 2008.

SAN DIEGO HOME/GARDEN LIFESTYLES, "Sainted Statue," Bill Manson, p. 32, 34, January, 2007.

COMUNIDAD, "Perdidos…," Tania DelaCruz, p. la I 12, lunes 4 de diciembre de 2006.

IDENTIDAD, "Tijuana, La Tercera Nación," p. 1, 7, Número 1709, Domingo 19 de Marzo, 2006.

AUTHOR of The Guadalupe Arch, published by StoryArts, Encinitas, CA, 2005.

EL SOL DE TIJUANA, "Se apareció la Virgen de Guadalupe en una nube," Sonia García Ochoa, p. 9A-10A, lunes 28 de marzo del 2005.

AMERICAN CRAFT, "Commissions," p. 23, December 2004/January 2005.

VISION, "Sensory Art: Tijuana’s Virgin of Guadalupe," p. 16, December, 2003.

LA OPINION, "Creación," p.7A, Latinoamerica, Domingo, 21 de septiembre de 2003.

LOS ANGELES TIMES, "Honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe," p.B8, Sunday, September 21, 2003.

ENLACE, "Una escultura moderna se erige en una colonia lejana," Sandra Dibble, p. 18-19, Del 5 al 11 de septiembre del 2003.

SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE, "Madonna Rises on Remote Hill," Sandra Dibble, p. B1, August 18, 2003. (Read the article)

EL MEXICANO, "El Arco de la Guadalupe," Celia Garcia, p. 6F, Baja California, Sábado 8 de Marzo de 2003.

THE SUN, Southwestern College,

“Closing night for Nicolaidis,” Maria Pimentel, p. 14, Vol. 49, #10, May 10, 2006.

“Professor’s ‘Guadalupe Arch’ is a Tijuana landmark,” p. 12, Vol. 49, #8 March 22-April 21, 2006.

“Artists bordering on brilliance,” p. 7, Vol. 48, #10, April 21-May 3, 2005.

"Maclovio Rojas, Mexico," Nadia Smit, Vol.47, #2, October 10-23, 2003.

"Virgin Territory," Maria Elena Galleher, p. 7, Vol. 46, #9, April 22-May 12, 2003.

“Maclovianos…art is their only weapon”, p. 14, 8, Vol. 46, #3, Oct. 23-Nov.13, 2002.

"Statue of Dignity," Jesica Fellman, Vol. 45, #10, Summer, p. 7, 2002.

MAKING CERAMIC SCULPTURE, by Raul Acero, Lark Books, 2000, p.101.

CERAMICS MONTHLY, "Upfront," April 1999, p. 18.

CLAY’S THE WAY, by Gene Kleinsmith, a text on ceramics, 1988.


SPEAKER, 6ta Muestra Gráfica conferencia, CETYS Universidad, Ensenada, Baja California, México, 2006. Slide lecture delivered in Spanish!

SPEAKER, Grossmont College, El Cajon, California, 2006.

PARTICIPANT, Baja Studies Conference, La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico, 2000.

JUROR, "Juried Fine Art Exhibit 2000". Bonita Museum and Cultural Center, Bonita, California, 2000.

FINALIST, National Endowment for the Arts, Project submitted in the Creation Category, 1999.

COLLABORATOR with the Border Arts Workshop, Rockefeller Foundation Grant Project for Maclovio Rojas, Tijuana, Mexico, 1998-2001.

SPEAKER, Women in Art History, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, California, 1997.

SPEAKER, Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Marcos, California, 1997.

NOMINEE, Commission for Arts and Culture, City of San Diego Project for Fire Station #44, nominated to work with an architect on the overall design and placement of individual art works, 1997.

ORGANIZER / PARTICIPANT, Part of a group of San Diego artists who have worked to assist a Tijuana artist in regaining his artistic and economic footing. See articles: Union-Tribune, 11/5/96 and 1/28/97; Reader, 1/23/97.

JUROR, INK & CLAY #23, California Polytechnic Institute, Pomona, California, 1997.

COMBINED ARTS AND EDUCATION COUNCIL OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Served on Peer Panel for the Visual Arts to award grants funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, 1987.

WOMEN ARTISTS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, Lecture, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, 1978.

NATIONAL CONFERENCE, On Public Access Cable Television, volunteer video crew, San Diego, CA, 1978.


American Craft Council, rejoined 2006.

Border Art Workshop/ Taller de Arte Fronterizo (BAW/TAF), 1998-present.

Combined Organizations for the Visual Arts (C.O.V.A.), 1995-2004.

National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, 1992-present.

Allied Craftsmen of San Diego, 1972-present.

President, December 1999-2001.

Coordinator, NEA grant proposal, 1999.

Programs Director, 1981-1984.

Vice-President and Chairperson of Clay Media Group, 1974-1975.

Mingei International, charter member, 1976-present.