She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1920 she moved to Paris to continue her studies under Antoine Bourdelle at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Judson was influenced by Chinese sculpture and the works of the French sculptor Aristide Maillol, whom she met while in Paris.
She taught sculpture at the American University of Cairo in 1963. During her career she cast her bronze sculptures in the Ferdinando Marinelli Artistic Foundry.