Jude Barton received her BFA from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1999 with an emphasis in sculpture. She has been an active artist in Colorado for the past 30 years working with a wide variety of materials and processes in painting, mixed media and sculpture. With the addition of a minor in Art History, she is well rounded in her understanding of concepts in art theory and criticism.
From her early years using primarily three-dimensional sculptural forms, Barton has utilized those skills and practices to transition to predominantly two-dimensional forms while maintaining a sculptural aesthetic. She asserts a neomodern formalist approach which she describes as intentionality and freedom within structure. Neomodern formalism acknowledges process and materiality but confines those elements to a subordinate position. While concept and context may be discerned by the viewer, it is only as an unintended result and the whimsy of the human mind. Barton asserts that art is about art.