About

Julie Renfro - ArtistI was born and raised in Dana Point, a little beach town in Southern California. After a few paths taken and ultimately not chosen, I ended up at art school. At the age of 30 I 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 my husband Mike (whom I met at art school), we worked as digital artists for a software company in San Francisco prior to and during the “dot com bubble.” After the bubble burst, we moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our house became our art project, and we each began making our own art and showing at local galleries.

Lately, the aim of my work has been to inspire deep emotion and appreciation for the beauty that exists in the world. I am endlessly fascinated by nature, the wider beauty seen from a distance, and the intricate patterns, textures, and colors seen close up, and I work to reflect that fascination in my art. I am also inspired by the art of quilts, patterns (natural and manmade), excessive ornament, mixed textural elements, and the meditative beauty and wonderment of obsessive detail. My mother Muriel (a quilter) and my father Marty (an architect) have deeply influenced my work as well. Current work incorporates inkjet prints of collages created on the computer, photography, fabric, craft papers, acrylic paint in vibrant colors, and metallic acrylic paints and mediums.

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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