February 22, 2024

Dr. Judith Peck Talks About Art, the World of Art, and Her Novel: Naked Under the Lights – 528

Author: Steven Miletto


Dr. Judith Peck talks about art, the world of art, and her novel: Naked Under the Lights. This is episode 528 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.

Dr. Judith Peck is Professor Emerita of Art, Ramapo College of New Jersey. She is author of several fiction and non-fiction works and a sculptor with work in eighty collections, including the Yale Gallery of Art, the Ghetto Fighters Museum in Israel, libraries, universities, and cultural and religious institutions here and abroad. 

Dr. Peck holds a doctoral degree from New York University and two master’s degrees from Columbia University. She is recipient of the 2020 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has completed the first draft of a 4th novel about an art therapist who helps solve a school shooting. 

Judith grew up in Baltimore Maryland. She has four grown children and twelve grandchildren and resides in Mahwah, New Jersey. 

Images and videos of her sculpture can be viewed at www.jpecksculpture.com.  Descriptions of her books can be seen at www.iapbooks.com

Our focus today is on her novel … Naked Under the Lights

The story is set in and around the iconic Art Students League in New York City where 20th Century stars of the art world studied and taught. Here, Bert Kossoff teaches painting when he is not cloistered in his studio. His wife Ruth defends her husband’s distance and tolerates his infidelities for the sake of their daughter. Sonata at age 18, lacking purpose of her own, is drawn to the mystique of her father in his world of artists and models. In the struggle to find her way, Sonata encounters family secrets long concealed and later, one that tears open their lives, exposing the lies that have misled them, even as they sustained them.

As each member of this shattered family finds a path to move forward, art itself—the urgency to create—is revealed as a force of its own. The terrain is confounding, where people searching for truth have learned to practice the art of illusion.

Amazing conversation!

So much to learn!

Some extra information before you go…

The new intro and outro music was written and performed by Brian K. Buffington.

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Length – 44:40

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