JULIE BRANCH

Sculptor

 

ABOUT

Julie Branch is a sculptor living outside of Rotterdam, New York.  Working primarily in ceramics and fiber she creates figures inspired by nature, dreams and mythology.


Julie grew up in the Dakotas, Colorado, Hawaii and Montana.  She has lived in Minnesota, Montana and New York City.  Throughout her childhood and adult life nature has been an endless source of wonder and solace.  Whether it was watching elephants in Sri Lanka at age 16 or fishers in the woods near her home today, she is an amateur naturalist with a great curiosity and love for nature.  She has raised two children, worked as an art therapist in a variety of settings, and taught art to people of all ages. She currently divides her time between exploring the woods and creating in the studio.

To contact Julie email her at: jbranch.art@gmail.com

For a look inside her world follow her on Instagram @jbranch.art

 
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"Art objects are lures, attracting certain spirits, and they're a container for that spirit."

-Ficino

 
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ARTIST STATEMENT

“My recent work focuses on our relationship with animals and nature and their importance in our lives, our myths, our dreams and our collective unconscious. I am inspired by the animals I encounter on my daily explorations into the woods as well as encounters with urban wildlife.  That powerful moment when you meet a wild animal and are devoured by their consciousness is the experience I am most intrigued by. I hope that my work goes towards helping to improve our connection to the natural world.”   

                                             - Julie Branch

 

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Education

MPS           Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 1991 Pratt Institute Circle Award

BA              Macalester College, St. Paul, MN 1982


Solo Exhibitions

Solo Exhibit, Town of Ballston Community Library, Burnt Hills, NY 2012 & 2011

Solo Exhibit, Jewish Community Center, Niskayuna, NY 2010

More Bliss, Sow's Ear Studio & Gallery, Niskayuna, NY 2010

Solo Exhibit, Valley Artisans Market, Cambridge, NY 2010

Bliss, Sow's Ear Studio & Gallery, Niskayuna, NY 2009


Group Exhibitions

Of Dreams: Myth from Memory,  with Jon Gernon, Clement Art Gallery, Troy, NY 2019

The Power of Color In Art, Art Associates Gallery, Albany, NY 2019

6th Annual Upstate Invitational, The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville, NY 2018

Fence Show, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY 2018

Winter Salon Show, Scarlet Seven Gallery, Troy, NY 2017

Upstate Regional Exhibit, The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville, NY 2017

     *Awarded Best In Show

L’Origine du Monde, Scarlet Seven Gallery, Troy, NY 2017

Inaugural Exhibit, Scarlet Seven Gallery, Troy, NY 2017

Hair Spray and Opinions, Troy, NY 2016

A Common Thread, Textile Center of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 2016

Winter Salon Show, Clement Art Gallery, Troy, NY 2016

Guest Artist, Micropolis Gallery, Gloversville, NY 2015

20 for 20, Invitational Exhibit, Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN 2014

Fence Show, Capital District Arts Center, Troy, NY 2014

Reflection, Valley Artisans Market, Cambridge, NY 2012

Time Illuminated, Sow's Ear Studio & Gallery, Schenectady, NY 2011

Figuratively Fiber*, Textile Center of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 2011

      *People's Choice Award Winner

Winter Garden, Valley Artisans Market, Cambridge, NY 2011

Winter Solstice, Saratoga Arts Council, Saratoga Springs, NY 2009

At Play, Valley Artisans Market, Cambridge, NY 2009

Fence Show, Capital District Arts Center, Troy, NY 2009

A Common Thread, Textile Center of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 2009

Freedom, the Fabric of Our Nation, Textile Center of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 2008

Alumni Art Exhibit, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN 2007

 

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