Jude Binder is a multi-talented artist who began taking ballet lessons at the age of nine and was teaching classical ballet technique at 16. She also has studied modern dance, Afro-Caribbean, folk, mime, clogging and clowning. Her visual arts training includes classes in drawing and watercolor, and three years of study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, majoring in painting and printmaking. Binder added costume design, maskmaking and woodcarving to her credits and her work has received major awards and appeared in publications such as the Fine Woodworking Design Book III. She moved to West Virginia in 1973 to set down permanent roots and open a school. In 1982, Heartwood in the Hills , a school dedicated to nurturing the gifts of children, adults and seniors was formed. The recipient of numerous honors, in 2006 Binder was awarded West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts Secretary Star Award for life long committment to arts and education. In 2007 she receive the Purple Ribbon Awared from the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence for "Field of Flowers" a film about domestic violence and passionate committment to peace, non-violence and social change.