Judith Roston Freilich’s works on paper and textiles were inspired at a young age by a family that encouraged creativity and by the cycle of the seasons and living things. Their home was filled with passion for horticulture, fine fabrics, baking, and cooking. There was always something to learn and explore. These early passions are reflected in her work.
A Chicago native, Roston Freilich has been represented by Chicago galleries for forty-five years with solo shows. She has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and has shown nationally. Her work has been selected for the Rockford Midwestern Biennial at the Rockford Art Museum, the Evanston and Vicinity Biennial at the Evanston Art Center, and the Bradley International Print and Drawing Show. Her work is in multiple permanent collections including the Library of Congress. She is currently a member of Dialogue Chicago’s artists’ discussions and Space 900, a cooperative gallery where she shows frequently.
Roston Freilich has always advocated integrating the arts into everyday life, bringing art into classrooms, and blending visual arts and music. She made music with her husband and four children and brought visual arts to Suzuki festivals. For many years, she organized volunteers for the New Trier Jazz Festival. Roston Freilich has led creativity workshops and taught visual arts at weekend retreats for high school students, helping them integrate their passion for visual arts into their lives.
Roston Freilich earned a BFA and merit-based scholarship award from Washington University in St. Louis. While working at Landfall Press as a printing assistant and curator, she earned a graduate degree in printmaking with Misch Kohn from the Illinois Institute of Technology.