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Art & Art History

Julie Wills

Assistant Professor of Studio Art

<em>The moon my heart</em>, exhibit view, Arlington Arts Center 2017The moon my heart, exhibit view, Arlington Arts Center 2017

Julie Wills is an interdisciplinary artist working in the expanded field of sculpture, including installation, collage, performance, video and site-specific practices.

Wills has had recent solo exhibits at Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA; Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC; Whittier College, Los Angeles; and Kohl Gallery on the Washington College campus, all 2017. She has been an artist-in-residence at Jentel (WY), PLAYA (OR), The Hambidge Center (GA), and Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (MD), among others, and has received grant funding in support of her solo work from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Colorado State Arts Council. In addition to her individual studio practice, Wills is a frequent collaborator, both with artists and with innovators in other fields. Her work since 2004 with The Bridge Club collaborative has been presented in museums, galleries and major performance art festivals nationwide (

Wills is the founder and curator of China Hutch Projects, a domestic project space for contemporary art located inside her home. China Hutch presents professional gallery exhibits by artists from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond, emphasizing artists and artworks that respond to domestic space in their concepts, materials or conditions of making. See more at

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MFA, University of Colorado, 2005
MA, Art Criticism, University of Montana, 2001
BFA, University of Montana, 1998

Research Spotlight

Though recent years have seen an emphasis on socially-engaged artworks that often interact with communities in physical ways, my recent work considers the interior force of universal, individual desires: love, deep and lasting. Comfort. The need to feel seen and heard, especially by one’s beloved. These are themes familiar to the most disparate of populations and circumstances. A pair of entwined fuel cans attempt a closed system of mutual support, despite the volatility of their presumed contents. The distant reaches of an infinite cosmos strain to reach their other halves. These works are inherently relational: each conjures the proximity of two bodies.

Untitled (Arrangement), 2017


ART251 Visual and Critical Thinking
ART261 Intermedia_D (Drawing)
ART281 Intermedia_S (Sculpture)
ART291 Intermedia_VNM (Video & New Media)
ART340 Photo Intensive
ART350 Advanced Studio_D (Drawing)
ART370 Advanced Studio_S (Sculpture)
ART392 Junior Seminar: Contemporary Practices
ART394 Special Topics: Art + Language
ART394 Special Topics: Performance Art
ART491 & 492 Studio Art Senior Seminar
FYS101 Experiments in Wonder