Judith Smith

Judith Smith created a new paradigm for physically integrated dance. She uses a wheelchair and is a founding member of AXIS Dance Company, serving as Artistic Director for 20 years.

Nominator: “Her vision and passion helped to position AXIS as one of the world’s driving forces in physically integrated dance (dancers with and without disabilities). … Her advocacy and equity work led to the first-ever National Convening on the Future of Physically Integrated Dance in the USA, followed by six regional town halls throughout the country in 2016. … She has been instrumental in the creation of the Dance/USA Disability and Dance Affinity Group and serves as co-chair.”

A woman with bright clothing and long hair contrasts with an abstract background of rectangles. Subtle highlights in glitter catch the light.
Judith Smith by Jackie Riley, mixed media, 9 x 12 inches, 2019

IMAGE: A woman with bright clothing and long hair contrasts with an abstract background of rectangles. Subtle highlights in glitter catch the light.

Jackie Riley from Artful Steps is primarily a master of abstract works. Her focus is on a repetitive, overlaying of geometric patterns. Jackie’s work can be both dizzying and simple but is always alluring. She enjoys having her work in the public eye and sharing her motivation with patrons.

Jade Saren has only recently begun to create at Artful Steps.