Julia Freeman

M.F.A. (Fibers), University of Washington; B.A. (Studio Art), Roanoke College

Julia is a Seattle based teaching artist who has worked as an instructional assistant in Pre-K and special education classrooms, taught art to elementary students in South Korea, and has been an artist in residence at Coyote Central, a non-profit organization in Seattle. Before arriving at Northwest, Julia was a visiting lecturer at the University of Washington Interdisciplinary Visual Arts program for eight years. She has exhibited work at Foster/White Gallery, SOIL Art Gallery, 4Culture Gallery, Clemson University, Kirkland Arts Center, Richard Hugo House Art and at the Art Factory in Seoul, South Korea. She has been nominated for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition Award in 2007 and 2010 and was a finalist in the Miami University Young Painters Competitions. She was a member of the artist-run-gallery SOIL and is a visiting instructor in the IVA program at the University of Washington. Three years ago, she opened a curatorial collective gallery in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood called The Alice.

In her teaching philosophy, Julia tells us: “My pedagogy begins with the vision of the classroom as liberatory environment, in which both myself and students are acting as subjects, not objects. I believe in being engaged with students in self-motivated, sustainable, reflective processes in which we are actively engaged with material and the materials being studied. I work to make classroom spaces in which students, through their art-making process, begin to actively participate in their community, organizations institutions, and movements for social change.”

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