Education

1986
BFA Painting and Art History, The University of Texas, Austin, TX

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017
Julie Wolfe, The American University Museum, Washington, DC

2016
Julie Wolfe: The Language of the Birds, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC

2015
Green Room 11, Kunstraum Tapir, Berlin, Germany
Julie Wolfe: Green Room, HEMPHILL @1700 L Street, Washington DC

2014
Meta, Public Art Commission, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC

2013
Julie Wolfe: Rewilding, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC

2010
Julie Wolfe, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC
Window Installation, Barneys New York, New York, NY

2009
Surface Tension, Mu Project, Washington DC

2000
Faith Ringgold Interactive installation, San Diego Museo de Los Ninos

1994
Elements of Devotion, Concordia University, Irvine, CA

1993
New Juice in Orange County, Irvine Fine Arts Center

Selected Group Exhibition

2017
System Adjustment, AGA LAB. Amsterdam, Netherlands
United State Embassy, Bratislava, US Department of State

2014
Body Boundaries, Radiator Arts, Long Island City, NY
Total View, Kunstraum Tapir, Berlin, Germany

2013
Curio”, Heiner Contemporary, Washington DC
REPRESENT, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington DC
Artist-Citizen, Washington DC, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC
Colors per la Planeta, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
Colors per la Planeta, Namur, Belgium
Colors per la Planeta, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, Germany
Colors of the Planet Andorran National Commission for UNESCO (CNAU). Andorra
2013, Traveling to UNESCO Offices in Venice, Vienna, Paris and Tokyo.
U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria, US Department of State, Art In Embassies

2011
DC Fine Art Photography Fair, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington DC
(e)merge art fair, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington DC
Network, Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington DC

2009
United States Embassy, Paris, France, US Department of State, Art In Embassies
UNESCO, Paris, France, US Department of State, Art In Embassies

2006
Botanical Treasures of Lewis and Clark, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC

2005
Faculty and Staff Exhibition, Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington DC

1997
Group Exhibition, Audrey Flack, Juror, Chuck Levitan Gallery, New York, NY
Wolfe, Ansel, Nelson, Rhino Art Company, Solana Beach, CA
Dia de los Muertos, Cultural Center de la Raza, San Diego, CA

1996
Tapestry Showcase, The National Textile Museum, Washington DC
Annual Faculty Exhibition, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA

1994
Virgins, Whores, Witches and Saints, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA
Saints and Sinners, Folk Tree Collection, Pasadena, CA

Bibliography

2017
Claire Voon, Julie Wolfe, Quest For a Third Paradise, Reviewed, Hyperallergic. March 1, 2017.

2016
Capps, Kriston, Julie Wolfe, Language of the Birds, Reviewed, Washington City Paper, May 19, 2016
Mazar-Fox, Holly, Arts & Culture: Compelling Color, DC Magazine, May 2016, p. 74
Coplan, Tina, Point of Reference, Home & Design Magazine, January/February 2016, p 150-153

2015
McKenna, William, Green Room: Julie Wolfe, BBC World News America, November, 2015
Jenkins, Mark, Water Colors Leave a Mark, The Washington Post, December 4, 2015

2014
Bunyard, Jesc, Julie Wolfe’s Cycles of Life, ROOMS13, January Issue #13, 2014

2013
May, Stephen, Reviews: Julie Wolfe, ARTnews Magazine, Summer Issue, 2013
Jenkins, Mark, Gallery Reviews: Julie Wolfe, The Washington Post, May 10, 2013, C8
Reviews of Reviews: Art, The Week Magazine, May 3, 2013
Capps, Kriston, Review: Rewilding at Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington City Paper, April 4, 2013
O’Sullivan, Michael, Gallery Opening of The Week, The Washington Post, March 21, 2013

2012
Sommer Shalett, Karen, The Work of Art, DC Modern Luxury, September 2012, p 64-68

2011
Exhibition Catalogue, Quito Ecuador: Art Collection of the United States Embassy, 2011

2010
Dawson, Jessica, Reviews: Julie Wolfe, The Washington Post, December 3, 2010, C8

2009
Exhibition Catalogue, U.S. Mission to the OECD, Paris, Art in the Embassies, 2009

Select Collections

Capital One, Washington DC
Allen Memorial Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hogan Lovells LLP, Washington, DC
Sidley Austin, Washington, DC
United States Embassy, Quito, Ecuador
UNESCO Residence Collection, Paris, France
United States Embassy, Paris, France

Residencies

2014
Resident, Takt Academy, Berlin, Germany, 2014

2012
Resident, UNESCO-sponsored study of sustainable energy, Andorra

2011
Artist in Residence, Art in the Embassies/Sincha Satcha Foundation, Quito, Ecuador

1996-00
Artist in Residence. San Diego Children’s Museum / Museo de los Ninos, San Diego, CA; Designed and installed interactive exhibitions and planned curriculum for teens and public schools and lead projects with children across the border in Tijuana, Mexico.

Professional Experience

2017
Public Art Commission, Philadelphia, PA. Temple University

2016-17
Contributing Editor, The Studio Visit online Journal

2014
Public Art Commission, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC

2006-07
Faculty in Metalsmithing. Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington DC

2001
Art instructor, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA

1995-96
Faculty Art Instructor, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA

1993-95
Faculty Art instructor, Orange County Museum of Contemporary Art

1990-Present
Owner of Julie Wolfe Designs. Design and manufacture jewelry and accessories for men and women. Clients include Barney’s New York, Relish DC and Louis Boston

The interdependence found within systems of natural order and human interaction is the premise of Wolfe’s work. It is conceived by gathering data relating to biological, social and cultural evolution and transformation found in the natural environment, social settings and scientific, technical and philosophical writing.

Wolfe works with a myriad of materials including water, light, chemical and organic compounds, photographs, salvaged books and other found objects. She paints large abstract works, creates conceptual installations and renders detailed drawings evoking scientific textbooks, mapping patterns and geometric networks.

Using color and form, Wolfe has established a visual vocabulary of codes as a spontaneous response to text, images and memory. Placed in abstract equations, these codes or symbols describe the workings of a given system and challenge the assumptions of maps while tracing personal associations and interpretations.

Other interpretations involve field studies and photographs made with an iphone of industrial wastelands, lost frontiers and National Parks. With this visual dialect of images, Wolfe alters, stains, obstructs and overprints, producing art books and Riso prints.

These documents stand as souvenirs, travel guides and documentation of exotic destinations and voyages, with unknown cloud configurations, altered plant species, ancient plutonic rock formations and changes in our water systems. While engaging in a dialect of time and place, the entropic process is revealed as the landscape is reinvented.

In all of Wolfe’s work, the use of aesthetics to seduce and redirect the viewer to a broader concern of destruction and beauty. This ironic contrast invites us to focus on a divide between nature and culture.

This need for interconnectedness and understanding prevails and points to a new urgency and need for action as we continue to see a breakdown in our social and ecological systems and how we function collectively.

Julie Wolfe is a visual and conceptual artist living and working in Washington DC. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally and has been reviewed and featured in ARTnews, BBC America and Hyperallergic. Her most recent solo exhibition was at American University Katzen Museum. She recently completed a residency in the Netherland and installed a water sculpture in Philadelphia, PA.