closing reception: Friday, Aug. 23, 4-6pm
Julia J. Wolfe is a multidisciplinary artist based in Iowa City, IA. She holds a M.A./M.F.A. from the University of Iowa and a B.A. from Rhodes College, and she received a certificate from Brandeis University. Her work has been exhibited nationally in numerous solo and group shows, including the Every Woman Biennial 2019 in New York City, "I'm Happy to Sit Here Beside You" at Western Illinois University, "Pitch In!" as Public Space One in Iowa City, and "Repurpose" at Core New Art Space in Denver, CO. She is the current artist-in-residence at Public Space One in Iowa City and has completed artist residencies at New Pacific Studios in Vallejo, CA and at Burren College of Art in County Clare, Ireland. Her work was included in Studio Visit Magazine, Vol. 42 and will be included in the upcoming New American Paintings MFA Annual Issue #141.
Wolfe creates brightly-colored paintings, drawings, and installations based on observations of the public and private human experience. Drawing primarily from the American landscape, she layers imagery of mass-production with a childlike and whimsical aesthetic, playfully combining comedy and satire with a mishmash of weightier subjects. The work provides laughter, optimism, and inward-looking thought and/or critique. It is playground-esque and humorously innocent, yet simultaneously comments on our culture of consumption. Images of her work can be found at www.juliajwolfe.com.