Judy McReynolds Bowman
Judy McReynolds Bowman was born on the east side of Detroit, Michigan in 1952. Her family lived in the community that what was commonly known as Black Bottom, now called Lafayette Park. She attended Detroit Public Schools. After graduating from high school, she began taking art classes at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, while attending Morris Brown College and Clark Atlanta University, majoring in Art. It was during her time in the Atlanta University Center that her love for art really began to grow. A highlight of her time in Atlanta was when she was commissioned by Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr.’s mother, Alberta King to do art for the newly formed MLK Library at the Interdenominational Theological Center. She could not believe she was collaborating with these two remarkable women. Her work was also influenced by Benny Andrews, who was her resident instructor during her time at Spelman.
However, life happened, she rebooted her art career after a 35-year hiatus to raise 10 children and work in education.
Bowman’s mixed media collage work is described as vibrant, bold, edgy and moving. Her work reflects and records human relationships, love, faith and moments in time and place. Her work has been exhibited at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan, the Essence Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana, the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Bombay Sapphire competitions, Detroit, Michigan, and ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was the 2018 National Second Place winner of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. Her work was selected second place from over 6000 entries from across the United States and Canada and her work was exhibited at the Versace Mansion and SCOPE Miami Beach, Miami, Florida. Her work was exhibited in Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, Illinois in a 3 women show called This Stillness along with Vanessa German and Tracy Grump. She was in a group show at Collected Detroit, Detroit, Michigan, with nationally known artists Artis Lane and Hubert Massey. She had solo shows at Playground Detroit, Detroit, Michigan and Umoja Fine Arts Gallery, Southfield, Michigan. She is a member of the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club, National Conference of Artists, Michigan Chapter, and the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors.
Bowman’s digital print Mary Don’t You Weep is in The Flint Institute of Arts collection, Flint, Michigan and in homes of many private collectors across the
nation. As she rises, she brings along other artists and encourages them to grow and rise.