Judith received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design and photography from Southeastern Massachusetts University (now the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth) in 1971. In 2002 she received a Master of Arts degree in textile design from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL). She taught classes as a visiting lecturer in the Department of Textiles, Clothing and Design at UNL between 2002 and 2009, as well as in the Department of Art & Art History during those same years. She taught workshops at textile conferences both nationally and internationally.  Before moving to Lincoln, Nebraska, she co-owned The Fabric Studio in Swansea, Massachusetts, where she taught clothing design and construction. Her textile constructions have been exhibited and published nationally and internationally and are included in numerous private collections both in the US and abroad.
2017                 In Touch: The Expressive Magic of Judith James, solo exhibition, New Bedford Art Museum, New                                                Bedford, MA, January 6 - March 19, 2017

2015                 Judith Dionne James: A Memorial Exhibition, International Quilt Study Center & Museum, October 13 - 18

2009                 The Stitch: Fiber Invitational  -  group exhibition, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, January
                         Solo exhibition with Michael James, Centre d'Art et de Culture, St. Marie-aux-mines, Alsace,                                                        France, September 17 - 20

2008                 Solo exhibition, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia,  PA, March - April
                         Fiber Biennial 2008 Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, March
2007                 Flights of Fantasy, four-person exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Seoul National University, Seoul,
                                 South Korea, July 2 - 12
                         Solo exhibition, Galerie Jonas, Petit-Cortaillod, Switzerland, April 29 – May 27
                         Mapping the Territory, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO, May 18 – July 1
                         Mapping the Surface, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE, March 2 - 31
2006                 Festival of Quilts, Judith James: Textiles, Birmingham, England
                         Explorations, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio
                         Hanging by a Thread, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE
                         Fiber Biennial 2006 Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
                         Judith James: Textile Constructions, Wright Museum, Beloit (WI) College
                         Art-in-Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Ambassador's Residence, South Korea,
                                   March 2006-2009
2005                 SOFA, Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art, Chicago, Il
                         The Art of Fine Craft Nebraska Invitational, Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
                         Moments of Awareness, Governor’s Mansion, Lincoln, NE
2004                 SOFA, Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art, Chicago, Il
                         Fiber Biennial 2004 Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
                         Art Textiles: Two Perspectives, Galerie Jonas, Petit-Cortaillod, Switzerland
                         Art Textiles: Two Perspectives, University Place Art Center, Lincoln, NE
2003                 Silk Dichotomies, Leedy Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, MO
                         Women in the Arts, The Unitarian Church, Lincoln, NE
2002                 Intimate Topographies, September 9 – 27, Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery,  University of Nebraska,
                                    Lincoln, NE
2001                  Where do you draw the line?, Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, NE


2007                 Mapping the Surface, Review, Fiberarts, Summer Issue

2004                 Expanding the Language of Art, Shuttle, Spindle, & Dyepot
                         Irish Patchwork Society Newsletter, Autumn (88), Blackrock, Ireland
                         Fiberarts Design Book 7, Lark Publications, Asheville, NC
                         Review Magazine, Vol. 6(2), 28 Kansas City, MO
2003                 Portfolio. American Craft, 63(3), 60
                         Sampling, Beyond the Surface. Fiberarts 29(4), 20-21
2002                 Fresh Takes. Surface Design Journal, 27(1), 36-37