About

Bio

Julia Sebastian is a Cincinnati-based artist who received an MFA from the University of Cincinnati, DAAP and a BA from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.  Sebastian’s studio work of predominantly drawing and digital work has been shown nationally and abroad. Her studio practice consists of making digital work during office hours and maintaining studio hours at night and on the weekends at the dining room table surrounded by her husband, cat, and dog. Sebastian has taught at the University of Cincinnati and Antioch College, and is currently a Lecturer of Foundations in the Visual Arts department at Northern Kentucky University. 

Artist Statement

My work is a material experimentation in uncovering what constitutes our built environments. We buy and build pots and chairs that had material lives before we met and will continue in some material form after we are no longer together. We fill our spaces with plants that once belonged to the earth. Landscapes hand on walls waiting to transport us to green space within our houses of concrete and drywall. We mix and match, reorganize, reclaim furniture, and re-contexualize objects as they drift in and out of our lives.

 

Material concealing and lost histories is our jam. We design spaces for our comfort and ask materials and objects to collaborate in providing the optimal pleasing vibes all the time. Our constructed comfort is steeped in complex historical conversations and rich material identities that speak loudly while we relax and drink tea.

 

My work blatantly complicates our expectations of how material combinations collide and reverberate throughout their space. The goal of my work is to shake our brains to reconnect with the power of spaces. Spaces are where we spend all our time, and are political, cultural, and deeply personal areas that define the actions and conversations that take place within them. This fact is why material sensitivity is so vital. Being sensitively engaged with your environment leads to the magical realization that all materials and spaces affect and engage our bodies and brains through defining material moves on a daily basis. My work rewards engaged looking and material exploration, which is a practice I deeply hope viewer takes with them as they exit the gallery.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Julia Sebastian 

Education

2014 Masters of Fine Arts, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH, summ cum laude

2012 Bachelor of Arts, Drawing & Printmaking, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY, cum laude

Residencies

2015 Banff Centre’s BAiR Late Winter Intensive artist residency, Banff, Alberta Canada

 Teaching Appointments

Northern Kentucky University- Full-time Professor of Foundations; Fall 2018-Fall 2019

Northern Kentucky University- Part-time Professor of Foundations; Spring 2016-Spring 2018

Antioch College- Visiting Professor in Studio Art; Summer quarter 2016

University of Cincinnati OLLI Program,-Drawing Moderator; Fall 2014

University of Cincinnati, DAAP- Foundations and Sophomore Research Studio Instructor of Record Fall  2013-Spring 2014

 Courses Taught 

2018 Northern Kentucky University, Creating Visual Form, three sections, Fall Semester 

2018 Northern Kentucky University, Creating Visual Form, Spring Semester

2018 Northern Kentucky University, Creating Visual Form, Spring Semester

2018 Northern Kentucky University, Art Appreciation, Spring Semester

2017 Northern Kentucky University, Creating Visual Form, Fall Semester

2017 Northern Kentucky University, Creating Visual Order, Fall Semester

2017 Northern Kentucky University, Creating Visual Order, Spring Semester

2017 Northern Kentucky University, Creating Visual Form, Spring Semester

2017 Northern Kentucky University, Art Appreciation, Spring Semester

2016 Northern Kentucky University, Creating Visual Form, Fall Semester

2016 Northern Kentucky University, Creating Visual Order, Fall Semester

2016 Antioch College, Visual Language- A Focus in 2D, Summer Quarter

2016 Northern Kentucky University, Foundations 2-D Design, Spring Semester

2016 Northern Kentucky University, Foundations 3-D Design, Spring Semester

2014 Instructor of Record, University of Cincinnati, Sophomore Research Studio, Cincinnati OH

2014 Drawing Moderator, Perceptual Drawing Course, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2013 Instructor of Record, University of Cincinnati, Foundations Space Course, Cincinnati, OH

Related Service and Experience 

2019 FATE Conference Panel Participant, “Critique: More Than the Art of Giving and Receiving” 

2019 FATE National Conference Round Table Participant- “What Keeps You Coming Back?”

2019 Spring Committee Member for Drawing and Painting BFA Entrance Portfolio Review

2019 External Reviewer for Senior Critiques, Art Academy of Cincinnati

2018 Fall Committee Member for Drawing and Painting BFA Entrance Portfolio Review

2018 Guest Lecturer on Visual Arts Research, Northern Kentucky University

2017 Continual Work on Foundations Curriculum Reform, Northern Kentucky University

2017 Guest Lecturer on Graduate School, Northern Kentucky University

2016 Visiting Lecturer, Painting and Printmaking, Capital University, Columbus OH

2015 Visiting Artist, Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative, Columbus, OH

2015 Public Artist Talk, Banff Arts Centre, Banff, Alberta CA

2014 Public Artist Talk, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH

2014 Conference Lecturer, Corporeal Texture, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH

2014 Visiting Lecturer, Transylvania University, Lexington KY

2014 Studio Assistant to Katie Parker, 21 C project, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH

2013 Research Assistant for Noel Anderson, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH

2012 Graduate Assistant, University of Cincinnati, Visual Arts Concepts II

2012 Print Studio Technician, University of Cincinnati

Selected Exhibitions and Publications

2019 Hybrid Interference, Cincinnati, OH

2019 The Sketchbook Project, V. 14, Brooklyn Arts Library, Brooklyn, NY

2019 Nurturer- Warrior-Goddess, Northern Kentucky University

2019 Women in Academia Book Exhibition, Steely Library, Northern Kentucky University

2018 Online-YngSpc Featured Artist, September 

2018 Online-September Invitational Exhibition Phoenix Gallery, NY, NY

2018 Contemporary Landscape, Gateway Arts Council, Sidney, OH

2017 Art Revealed Publication, Issue 31

2017 A5 Magazine Publication, April Issue

2017 Clustered and Placed,The Parachute Factory, Lexington KY *Solo Exhibition

2017 Northern Kentucky University Faculty Exhibition, Highland Heights KY

2016 Softly Verdant, Huff Gallery, Spalding University, Louisville KY * solo exhibition

2016 In Patterned Spaces, Wavepool Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2015 After the Pedestal, Sculpture Centre, Cleveland OH

2015 BANFF Artist in Residence Open Studios, Banff Arts Centre, Banff, Alberta CA

2015 Hyperobject,Boom Gallery, Cincinnati OH

2015 Transylvania Alumni Exhibition, Lexington, KY

2014 HWD 2014: Regional Sculpture Competition, Rosewood Gallery, Kettering OH

2014 Lush, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati OH

2014 Magenta, Modern Makers, Cincinnati OH

2014 Displaced, Harvest Gallery, Cincinnati OH

2014 Totem, Boom Gallery, Cincinnati OH

2014 Somatic Perceptions, 840 Gallery, Cincinnati OH

Conferences Attended

2019 FATE Foundations in Flux Biennial National Conference, Columbus OH

2016 FATE Regional Conference, West Virginia Wesleyan University

2014 Corporeal Texture Conference, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH

2013 Southern Graphics International Conference, Milwaukee MN