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Julie Nelson is a bicoastal artist, splitting her time between Berkeley, CA and New York.  She earned a B.A. in Art History from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, with a year of study abroad at the University of East Anglia in the U.K. and Venice, Italy.  She attended the University of Maryland, College Park, to earn her second bachelors degree in Art Practice.  Working in arts administration in the DC/Baltimore area, she held positions in arts education, development, and not-for-profit arts advocacy before joining the Maryland Governor’s Office to coordinate First Lady Frances Hughes Glendening’s statewide initiative, “A Celebration of the Arts in Maryland.”  In 1998 she curated “Structural Archetypes” for the University of Maryland Art Gallery, an exhibition of eight artists whose work embodies patterns repeated throughout nature.

A move to San Francisco in 1998 coincided with a transition to freelance art writing for Nelson, who wrote gallery catalogue essays, as well as reviews of Bay Area shows for New Art Examiner and Art Papers.  She was an Artist in Residence at Artspan in San Francisco, working to bring contemporary art into the lives of public school students.  She has maintained a concurrent studio practice and has shown work at Kala Institute, Berkeley Art Center, The Lab, Southern Exposure, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, SomArts, Sanchez Art Center, UCSF, The Triton Museum of Art, and Bedford Art Gallery.

In 2010, a shift in studio practice occurred and Nelson took time off from public view to develop a new body of work, the current series, oenophilia.  Since 2015, Nelson has spent increasingly more time in New York, attracted by its stimulating art world environment and thriving wine culture.