Judith Philipp Meyers

  • Judith Philipp Meyers
  • Judith Philipp Meyers

Judith Philipp Age 86, of Greeley, Colorado, passed away peacefully on June 10, 2016 after a short illness. Preceded in death by her husband George Linden Meyers to whom she was married for almost 55 years and her brother Paul Philipp. Judith spent her life using art to inspire and educate others. She was born in Minneapolis, MN on August 3, 1929 to Anne (Lutz) and Leon N. Philipp. Judith graduated from Southwest High School in 1947. After two years at Cornell College in Iowa, she obtained her B.A. and M.A. in Art Education from the University of Minnesota. Judith taught art in public schools in Iowa, Oklahoma and Illinois and spent three years teaching in the Army Dependent Schools in Germany and France. During this time, Judith, her cousin, Jan Roeser Anderson, and aunt, Jo Lutz Rollins, traveled all over Europe in Judy’s much loved VW Bug painting the landscapes. This was a trip they would re-create nearly 30 years later and it launched a life-long love of travel. Judith spent four years at the University of New Mexico teaching art in the College of Education. This is where she met her husband, George. They relocated to Greeley, Colorado in 1964 where she was active in many community projects, including being hired as the local School District’s first art teacher in a trial program. It was a success, and soon every school in the district had one. Judith was a founder and teacher at the Creative Arts Center, a founder and puppeteer of the Meadowlark Theatre and a founding member of Madison & Main Gallery, the local artists’ cooperative. Judith’s art took a variety of forms, including papercuts, watercolors, calligraphy, puppetry and quilting. She used her art to provide a voice for feminism, to fight for social justice and to protest war and environmental destruction. A major source of inspiration for Judith’s art was travel and she never left home without a sketchbook. She traveled widely in the United States, Mexico and Europe and also visited India, Indonesia and China. Examples of Judith’s many projects include spearheading volunteers from around the State of Colorado to create portions of “peace” ribbons which were connected and wrapped around the Pentagon. A number of these ribbon sections are in the collection of the History Colorado Center. As part of a nationwide cooperative art project under the vision and direction of internationally recognized artist, Judy Chicago, Judith researched women and birth practices in India. Her research was translated into several large scale pieces of art for the “Birth Project.” One of the pieces that Judith helped create hangs in the headquarters of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in Denver. Judith also founded a company to produce laser cuts of her papercut tree and ornament designs. She had solo art exhibitions and organized and participated in many group shows across the country. One of her recent pieces entitled “Rhapsody in Blue,” is part of the permanent collection of the Guild of American Papercutters in Pennsylvania. Judith’s papercut design, “Tree in Conversation with the Stars,” will be interpreted into a 20 foot metal sculpture to be installed as part of a public art project in Greeley, Colorado. Judith was an artist, activist, philanthropist, loving mother and friend. She taught us to see the beauty in all things, even the smallest. She will be greatly missed and we carry her light with us. Judith is survived by daughter Liza (Siegel) and son-in-law Donald Englewood, CO/Santa Fe, NM, son Brad, daughter-in-law Kerri (Stichka) and granddaughter Paige of Pacific Beach, CA, and many cherished friends. A celebration of Judith’s life is planned at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greeley on July 23, 2016 at 3 PM. Arrangements entrusted to Northern Colorado Crematory. Memorial gifts may be made to the University of Minnesota Foundation, referencing the Judith Philipp Meyers Art Education Scholarship (P.O. Box 860266, Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266).

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