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Julie’s vision is to give a wide range of politically active, socially engaged artists a place to have their voices heard.
I was also excited about the idea of working with students and faculty, and the idea that this environment of thought, ideas and dialogue could create a fantastic setting to present exhibitions.
The art world can drift toward similar artists and be a little homogenous. You may see more artists that are coming out of primarily a western canon. It can sometimes squeeze out the opportunities for lesser-known artists.
I think there’s a bit more freedom here to be experimental and forge a new path. Our charge is to be a place of ideas and debate. Being in an academic setting allows us to really dig into the issues and ideas and dialogue, and not worry so much about the biggest, hottest artist right now.
I want to build a community and connect people through art. Art is about all facets of life and learning how to look at art, or visual literacy, is an important part of one’s education. We want to be a resource for innovative teaching across campus. Part of my personal mission is also to provide a platform for a wider representation of artists in museums. That’s what drives me. My mission is deeply connected to the university’s overall mission of inclusion and access to opportunities.
At the core, I believe that we all want to be seen and heard and loved. It’s that balance between negotiating difference, but ultimately getting to more of humanity.