Besides a long career as a visual artist, Jud Yalkut has had a long and distinguished career as a film and video artist. Born in New York City in 1938, he graduated from the High School of Music and Art with a diploma in Art, and attended The City College of New York and McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He taught film and video at the School of Visual Arts, the City University of New York, and New York University. A resident of the Dayton area since 1973, he was Assistant Professor of Art at Wright State University (where he founded the film and video area of the Art Department), and taught at Sinclair Community College in Dayton (as Artist-in-Residence through an Ohio Arts Council Grant), and at Xavier University in Cincinnati. A six-time recipient of Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council (five in Media, and one in Arts Criticism), as well as three OAC Artist's Project grants, he was also awarded a Writing-in-Media grant from the New York State Council on the Arts for his book-length manuscript "Electronic Zen," and a Master Individual Artist Fellowship from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District. He was recipient of a One-Man Film/Video Retrospective, "Dream Reels: VideoFilms and Environments by Jud Yalkut" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City from November 4-December 3, 2000. His one-man video installation exhibition, "Videoscapes by Jud Yalkut," runs at the Miami University Art Museum April 21-June 19, 2002.
Yalkut's film and video work has been exhibited at other venues besides the Whitney Museum of American Art, like the Museum of Modern Art, the Anthology Film Archives, and the Millennium Film Workshop (all in New York), the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York, the Pompidou Center in Paris, and throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. He has written consistently on the arts since 1966 for such publications as ARTS Magazine, The East Village Other, The New York Free Press, Bijitsu Techo art monthly in Japan, nineteen years for Ohio's "Dialogue" Magazine, and he has been Visual Arts writer for Dayton's Impact Weekly for over six years.
Jud Yalkut's collage graphic works have been exhibited at such venues as: "Computer Genesis" at the Lowe Gallery at Syracuse University, New York in 1977; the "Re: Cycles" One-Man exhibition at the Bruce Gallery at Edinboro State College in Pennsylvania in 1977; a One-Man show at the Collectors Gallery in Dayton, Ohio in 1984; several "The Artist Views the City" group exhibitions in 1980, 1982 and 1985 at the Gallery at the Old Post Office in Dayton; the Ohio Arts Council invitational exhibition `Retrospective-Introspection' at the Gund Gallery in Columbus, Ohio in 1989; "Rip Off on The Last Millennium" at the William Busta Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio in 1990; "Roots of Diversity" at the Owens Illinois Gallery in Toledo, Ohio in 1993; "Postcards from the Fifth Dimension" at the Illinois University Art Museum in DeKalb in 1993; "Stupid Stuff: Mundane Environments" at the Machine Shop Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1993; "Reflected Patterns in the Noosphere" at the University of Cincinnati in 1994; received the "Downtown Prize" at the Preservation Dayton "Art About Town" exhibition in 1994; a One-Man show with digital collages at the 911 Gallery in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1995; the One-Man "Poetics of Collage" exhibition at the Archetype Gallery in Dayton in 1997; cash-prize winner, "All About Bugs" exhibition at the Cox Arboretum Gallery in Dayton in 1998; the juried "Collage" exhibition at the Dayton Visual Arts Center in 1999; and a First Prize in the 2000 Dayton Visual Arts Center Annual Members' show.
"One of the most influential filmmakers making experimental cinema in New York in the 1960s was Jud Yalkut... Since then, Yalkut has gone on to consolidate an enviable reputation as one of the most important metamedia artists in American independent cinema."
- Wheeler Winston Dixon, in "The Exploding Eye" (State University of New York Press, 1997).
"Jud Yalkut has collaborated in dozens of intermedia performances throughout the United State since 1965, when he became resident filmmaker for USCO at their commune in Garnerville, New York... Yalkut displays a sense of control and orchestration that is the result of working closely with superimpositions within the film frame. Thus in the superimposition of multiple-projection environments he is able to control not only the spatial and temporal dimensions of a performance, but the graphic composition and integrity of the images as well. The result is a 'film performance' in the fullest sense." - Gene Youngblood in "Expanded Cinema" (Dutton, New York, 1970).