About

Julie Renfro - ArtistJulie was born and raised in Dana Point, a little beach town in Southern California. After a few paths taken and ultimately not chosen, she ended up at art school. At the age of 30 Julie graduated with Honors from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, earning a B.F.A. in Illustration and Fine Art. Eventually moving north with her husband Mike (whom she met at art school), the two worked as digital artists for a software company in San Francisco prior to and during the “dot com bubble.” After the bubble burst, Julie and Mike moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their house became their art project, and they each began making their own art and showing at local galleries.

Julie’s collage and assemblage pieces are influenced by her mother Muriel (a quilter) and her father Marty (an architect). The work incorporates digital media, found objects, and materials more normally associated with craft and sewing projects: glitter, beads, fake jewels, ornaments (essentially anything sparkly), fabric, thread, buttons, and lace. Julie finds inspiration in nature, quilts, patterns, excessive ornament, mixed textural elements and in the meditative beauty and awe of obsessive detail.

The studio I share with my husband Mike Sivak

The studio

Group Shows

2017 Doors of Perception, Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield, MI

2015 The Collage Show, The Hatch Gallery, Hamtramck, MI

2014 If You Build it They Will Come, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

2012 Grammar of the Elite, The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

2011 Reclaim, Revere, Regard, Klemm Gallery, Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI

2010 Wordage, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

2009 The Creators: Self-Portraits, Brown and Juanita Ford Gallery, Detroit, MI

2009 Shrines and Altars, The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

2009 From a Different Perspective, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

2009 Women Image Women, The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI

2008 Voices, The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI

2008 Step Right Up, The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

2007 State of the Union, The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

2007 Insatiable, Biegas Gallery, Detroit, MI

2006 DAM Box Show, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

2006 Humor Show, The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

 

Installations

2016 (July) Fortune Favors the Brave, The Aquarium Gallery, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

 

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