: bio :

Julie Nelson is a bicoastal artist, splitting her time

between Berkeley, CA and NYC.  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 program in Studio Art at the

University of Maryland, College Park, to earn her

second bachelors degree. 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 shown work at Kala Institute,

Berkeley Art Center, The Lab, Southern Exposure,

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, SomArts, Sanchez Art

Center, The Triton Museum of Art, Bedford Art Gallery,

and UCSF. She maintains studios in both Berkeley and

New York.