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Judy Buckvold

(August 18, 1943 – July 12, 2022)

Portrait painting of a woman with a fox stole
Foxy Lady
by Judy Buckvold

In Memory of Judy Buckvold

Please join us in a Celebration of Life for our friend, colleague, and master artist, Judy Buckvold.

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022
Time: 4:00pm–7:00pm

Beverages and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

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Judy has been a member of The Atelier family since the 1990s. Graduating from the full-time program in 2000, she has created several beautiful works of art, and has been an integral part of our teaching staff ever since.

Judy's family has asked that donations in memory of Judy be made to The Atelier. You may donate online or checks can be made to The Atelier with Judy Buckvold in the memo line.

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We mourn the loss of our friend, master painter, and teacher, Judy Buckvold, who passed away on July 12, 2022. I had just seen Judy a week earlier at school, teaching her class, helping students, and after greeting me, offering to help me in the office. Judy has been dedicated to helping preserve our classical way of drawing, painting and legacy, by teaching since she graduated from our program in 2000. She is dearly missed as she was so kind, patient and willing to share her wealth of knowledge about art. Several of our grads have told me through the years that they had their first class with her. Judy had a great eye and a strong sense of design. She has been a pillar for our students and has helped so many realize their dreams for becoming better artists, teaching them the basic skills that must be acquired for the classical fine art of drawing and painting. Judy was an inspiration and always so energized. She was at class early and left late. She took the time to get to know her students and help out with extra jobs as well, including our library and school store. She would register students, sell them supplies, and start them drawing without a problem or asking for help. She knew what had to be done and did it graciously. Going above and beyond the call of duty. It is a terrible blow to lose her as I think of her kind and generous artist spirit. We were truly fortunate to have her with us and will hold her dear in our memory.

Cyd Wicker, Director of The Atelier
Judy Buckvold at the book table


Judy Buckvold completed five years of full-time training in classical realism at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts. She attended the University of Minnesota in Duluth before joining the art department at Dayton's in Minneapolis. In Boston, she worked at Jordan Marsh in retail fashion. In New England, her interest grew in portraiture and oil painting as a medium. She believed that technology is limited when it comes to expressing the human spirit, and that there will always be a need for fine art and tradition.

Judy Buckvold Memorial Gallery