Biography

Deborah Ugoretz was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1975, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison with a BS in Fine Arts . She studied Art Therapy at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. A former resident of New Jersey, she now lives in Brooklyn, New York and maintains a studio in Red Hook.

cover of papercutting monographA visit to the the Jewish Museum in the 70’s inspired her to create calligraphed and decorated Jewish Marriage contracts( Ketubot). Around the same time, she developed a fascination with works-in-cut paper and has been “cutting” since 1978. A master Cut -Paper artist and teacher, Ugoretz was included in the monograph,” In the Tradition of Our Ancestors – Papercutting. Folklife Program for New Jersey, a Project of the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, published in 2006.

Ugoretz has designed stained glass windows and  synagogue art  for the Russ Berrie Home for Jewish Life, Rockleigh, New Jersey and other houses of worship. She has received commissions from The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the University of Michigan, Jewish Theological Seminary and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Cathedral of St. John The Divine and many organizations and individuals.

Ugoretz’s papercuts are included in the catalogue of the  exhibition of art in cut paper; “Slash!, Paper under the Knife”. The Museum of Art and Design, New York, New York, 2009-2010.

The artist has developed and taught courses about the art of Jewish paper cutting and manuscript illumination at the  Kane Street Synagogue, Brooklyn,Solomon Schechter Day Schools of Bergen, Union and Essex Counties, New Jersey; at the Yivo Institute/Living Traditions Folk Arts Camp ; at the Workman’s Circle Summer Cultural Experience,  the Museum at Eldridge Street, New York and at  the Art School at Old Church, Demarest, New Jersey. She has lectured about Jewish papercutting for the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission of New Jersey.

From 2003 to 2011, she was a coordinator and participant in an Artist Beit Midrash, a group of artists who study Jewish texts and create visual interpretations.

Selected Exhibits

2017           Milwaukee Jewish Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Seventh Day.

2017            Monmouth Art Museum, Lincroft, New Jersey. Juried Watercolor Exhibition; Traditional to Modern.

2017              Nails in the Wall Gallery, Metuchen, New Jersey.Beautiful, Powerful Statements. The Arts of Calligraphy and Repurposed Materials.

2015-2016   Hebrew Union College Institute of Religion Museum. New York, New York.Evil: a matter of Intent. 

2015             Abrazo Interno Gallery, 107 Suffolk Street, New York. The Jew As the Other. Curated by Deborah Ugoretz, Tine Kindermann and Yona Verwer.

2015              Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition. Curated by Christiane Paul, Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art. BLACK and White.

2015             Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art. UJA Federation Headquarters, New York, New York. Museum of Jewish Art, JOMIX: Jewish Comix Art and Derivation.

2015             BRIC OPEN (C)ALL exhibition. Bric Arts Media, Brooklyn, New York

2013-14       Hebrew Union College Institute of Religion Museum, New York. The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat.

2013        CurateNYC. One of 150 distinguished artists. Rush Gallery, New York City,N.Y.,  Elise Contemporary Art Gallery, Riverdale, N.Y. Online exhibition by Edwin Becker, Chief Curator of Exhibitions, Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam).

2013               The Painting Center, Chelsea, New York. Working it Out.

2013               Museum of Biblical Art, New York City. As Subject and Object: Book artists interpret Hebrew Texts.

2012                UJA Federation Gallery. New York, New York.  The Duro Europos Project. Curated by Richard McBee.

2011                 Greenpoint Gallery. Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  Drawing Show.

2011                 SMI Virginia S. Block Gallery. Montclair, New Jersey.  Full Spectrum; How painters use color.

2011                  Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center Inc.  New York, New York.  Distant Cousins.

2011                  The Township of West Orange, New Jersey.  Water Barrel Project. Juried public works project.

2011                  Arts Council of the Morris Area, Morristown, New Jersey. Humble Beginnings. Curated by Mary Birmingham.

2010-2011       Museum  of Jewish Art. Temple Rodeph Sholom, Philadelphia,  P.A. The  Duro Europos Project.

2010-  2011     UJA Federation, New York, New York. Solo Exhibition.

2011            Elma and Milton A. Gilbert Pavilion Gallery The Hebrew Home at Riverdale,Bronx , New York. Mark Making: the Presence of Line.

2011              Gallery at 14Juried by Mary Birmingham, Arts Council of the Morris Area, Morristown, New Jersey.Humble Beginnings

2011            Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Philadelphia, PA. Dura Europos Project: An Ancient Site Revisited through 21st Century Eyes.


  • 2010           Old Philadelphia Jewish Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. September-October.  
     Psalm 27.    
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  •  2010          The Gallery at the School of the Arts, Newark , New Jersey.  Strong Women.
  • 2010            Arts Guild of New Jersey. Rahway, New Jersey.Pulp- Works in paper. 
  • 2007           Kraft Center for Jewish Life. New York City and   Boston University Hillel Student Center. Words Within. Curated by the Jewish Women’s Artist Network,  Women’s Caucus for Art.
  •  2004           Rosenblum Owings Mills JCC, Baltimore, Maryland. Holiday Art: So Jewish.
  • 2000-2001    
Hebrew Union College, New York City. Living in the Moment. Contemporary Artists Celebrate Jewish Time.
  • Articles/posts about the Artist and her work & illustrations
  •  “Prayer of Thanksgiving.”  ZEEK online magazine of Jewish culture and issues.http://zeek.forward.com/articles/118434/
  • http://hyperallergic.com/56603/go-brooklyn-red-hook/?wt=2  2012.
  •  The Chain of My History and Heritage. L’chaim Magazine, Bergen County, New Jersey, Fall 2012.
  • Interviewed by On the Issues Magazine, Summer 2010
  • In the Tradition of Our Ancestors – Papercutting. Folklife Program for New Jersey, a Project of Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, 2006.
  • The Forward. New York. Illustration. May 18, 1998. Front page.
  • The Jewish Standard of Bergen County, New Jersey. Cover and article. October, 1997.
  • Proof texts Magazine. Covers. January. vol.1-3, 1988, 1996.
  • Tov Lich-Tov, Illustrations. Published by the Histadrut Ivrit, New York, New York. 1994.
  • Jewish and Female. by Susan Weidman-Schneider. Simon and Schuster.1984.

Curatorial work

2015   “The Jew as the Other.” Abrazo Interno Gallery. 107 Suffolk Street, New York.

2016    ” Superstition,Symbols and Mysticism- a contemporary artist’s take.” Abrazo Interno Gallery. 107 Suffolk Street, New York.

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