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Artist Julie Wills

Julie Wills

Baltimore, USA


American, b. 1974   —   “I frequently draw imagery from celestial sources. The moon, stars and cosmos recur throughout in varying forms: the distant reaches of an infinite cosmos strain to reach their other halves. Individual stars fall from the sky, disrupting the known order of the universe. Through this imagery I explore constancy and mutability, current conditions, and hope for an unrealized but longed-for future. The cosmos is where we look for and reliably find mystery, beyond both science and religion. I am drawn to the cosmos explicitly because it is unknown and possibly unknowable, and in that regard holds potential. In the act of wishing on a star, or asking the moon to communicate across long distances, we acknowledge this mystery and potential, and the chance that even if the laws of physics or social convention are not working in our favor, something else might be.” --- Julie Wills is an interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, drawing and collage, photography, video, printmaking and intersections between these media. She is a 2019 recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, and has been awarded artist residencies at Cill Rialaig (Ireland), Arteles (Finland), Jentel, PLAYA, The Hambidge Center, and Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, among others. Recent solo exhibits have been presented at VisArts, Rockville, MD; C for Courtside, Knoxville, TN; Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA; and IA&A at Hillyer, Washington, DC. Her works are included in the White Columns Artist Registry in New York and the ICA Baltimore’s Flat Files Program. An interview, titled “Julie Wills: The Depth of Need Made Visible,” was recently published in Asymptote; read the full text at In addition to her individual studio practice, Wills is one of four artist members of The Bridge Club, an interdisciplinary performance art collaborative active since 2004 ( From 2016-2019, she organized and directed a project space for contemporary art located inside her home. China Hutch Projects presented artists and artworks that respond to domestic space in their concepts, materials, or conditions of making. See archived exhibits at Wills is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, and maintains a studio in Chestertown, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

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