Judy Chicago started drawing when she was very young and by the time she was five years of age, she began attending weekly art classes at the Chicago Art Institute. Within a few years, her mother enrolled her in their Junior School, where she studied with Emanuel Jacobsen, a widely revered art teacher. In 1957, she moved to Los Angeles where she received her BA and MA in painting and sculpture. During her last year in graduate school, Billy Al Bengston, a legendary artist on the West Coast, taught classes there. Although Chicago never actually studied with him, she was influenced by his attention to craft and surface. Even before she graduated, she began exhibiting in the burgeoning L.A. art scene.