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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Julie Niskanen














Julie Niskanen spent her first seven years in Greenville, South Carolina, and family moves eventually took her to Newark, Delaware and Chicago, Illinois. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Iowa State University in 2005. During the summer of 2003 she lived and studied in Rome, Italy, and traveled around Europe. In 2008, Julie received a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the University of South Dakota, where she also managed the fine art gallery and taught drawing classes. Julie now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she works as a professional artist and teaches art courses at Wake Technical Community College. Additionally, she teaches printmaking workshops in Raleigh. Julie is also part of the Artspace Artists Association in Raleigh, Davidson Galleries in Seattle, and the Washington Printmakers Gallery in Silver Spring, MD.
Living in so many places and having experienced many different environments have had a significant influence on Julie's creative work. She uses images from nature to represent changes in both nature as well as her own life. Always stimulated by the contemporary art world, Julie attends conferences and workshops across the country and gives visiting artist workshops at various art centers and universities. Her award-winning work has been exhibited extensively in national and international exhibitions, and is in many private and public collections.





Education
2005-08 University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Master of Fine Arts in printmaking
2001-05 Iowa State University, College of Design, Ames, IA
Bachelor of Fine Arts (focus in printmaking, painting, & art history)

Grants and Awards
2009 Award of Recognition, Artspace, December, 2009
Honorable Mention Award, Third Annual Printmakers of North Carolina Exhibition, 311 West
Martin Street Galleries and Studios, Raleigh, NC
Jurors: Kelley McChesney, Director, Flanders Art Gallery and Tamar Harris-Warren,
curator for Flanders Art Gallery
Peoples' Choice Award, "Big Impressions: NC Prints," Printmakers of North Carolina juried
exhibition, Cary Town Hall, Cary, NC
Third Place Award – Unfettered, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
Juror: Mario Gallucci, Curatorial Assistant, Greenhill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
2008 Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Purchase Award from the 2008 Pacific States
Biennial National Print Exhibition
First Place Award – Washington Printmakers National Small Works Exhibition, Washington
Printmakers Gallery, Washington, DC. Award given by juror: Ann Shafer (Assistant
Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art).
Honorable Mention Award, Wilber Stilwell Exhibition, University of South Dakota,
Vermillion, SD
2005 Graduate assistantship (gallery management and teaching), University of South Dakota,
Vermillion, SD
Dean’s List, Iowa State University
2004 Dean’s List, Iowa State University
Focus Grant, competitive arts grant, Iowa State University
2003 Dean’s List, Iowa State University
2000 Wilmette Arts Guild Student Art Show, Honorable Mention, Wilmette, IL
2000 Woman’s Club of Evanston Art Show, First Place, Evanston, IL




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