Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media

Julia Bland

Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2018

Julia Bland, Brooklyn, NY, is developing a body of 2D and 3D works. Her works incorporate painting and weaving, developing the structures and patterns that bind disparate elements into a whole. In residence, she completed two large-scale and two small-scale woven and painted works. One of the large works was included in "Still Life," a group exhibition at September Gallery in Hudson, NY. Her other completed works will be exhibited throughout 2018-2019 at Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago, The Kohler ArtsCenter in Sheboygan, WI; and at Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA; among others. She is currently adjunct faculty in the Painting Department at Hunter College.

Through weaving, cutting, sewing, dying, and painting, the surface becomes a visible record of her evolving, multi-faceted process. Bland’s solo exhibitions include “Underbelly” at Helena Anrather in 2018, “Things to Say at Night” at 17 Essex in 2017, and “If You Want To Be Free” at On Stellar Rays in 2015. Reviews of her work have appeared in The New York Times, Art in America, Art Critical, Modern Painters, The New Yorker, The Villager, Artefuse, Hyperalleric, and Sculpture Magazine. She has been an artist in residence at The Sharpe-Walentas Space Program, Yaddo, Lighthouse Works, The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and has received awards including The Milton and Sally Avery fellowship from Yaddo, the Carol Scholsberg Memorial Prize, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust Travel Fellowship, and The Florence Leif Award for Excellence in Painting. She received her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and her M.F.A. from Yale School of Art in 2012.



Julia Bland worked in the Heinz studio.

The icehouse, built of fieldstone in 1914–1915, was a practical part of Mrs. MacDowell’s plan for a self-sufficient farm. Winter ice cut from a nearby pond was stored here for summer use on the property. Idle since 1940, it was a handsome but outdated farm building. In 1995, Mrs. Drue Heinz, a vice chairman of…

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