Julie Schenkelberg

Homage to Finding, 2017

Burnt wood from Detroit homes, wax casts, and silver leaf

30h x 51w in
76.20h x 129.54w cm


Julie Schenkelberg

Reliquary, 2018

Burnt wood, marble, hydrocal cast cutlery and dishware, wax cast madonnas and dishware, gauze with indigo dye, factory found rusted metal

36h x 51w x 91d in
91.44h x 129.54w x 231.14d cm


Julie Schenkelberg

Leading Me, 2017

Hydrocal cast frameless leaded window with found factory rust, gold leaf, and 18K gold thread

24h x 15w in
60.96h x 38.10w cm


Julie Schenkelberg

Wander-Net, 2017

Hydrocal cast frameless leaded window with found factory rust, gold leaf, and indigo ink

24h x 15w in
60.96h x 38.10w cm


Julie Schenkelberg

Double Diamond, 2017

Hydrocal cast leaded window with blue factory glass and gold leaf

30h x 20w in
76.20h x 50.80w cm


Julie Schenkelberg

Victorian Spoons, 2017

Hydrocal cast vintage cutlery with gold leaf and indigo ink dye

10h x 12.25w in
25.40h x 31.12w cm



Julie Schenkelberg

Sepia Cast, 2017

Hydrocal cast window with factory found rusted metal

15h x 24w in
38.10h x 60.96w cm


Present 1, 2014

Chair seat with plaster, acrylic, rusted steel, marble, chair backing

15" x 16" x 3"

Present 2, 2014

Chair seat with plaster, wool, dishes, steel, acrylic

15" x 16" x 3"

Infinite Lake
Infinite Lake, 2017
Hydrocal cast window with mattress springs and wall supports from burned buildings
15" x 24"
Multi-Vision, 2017
Hydrocal cast leaded window with blue factory glass and gold leaf
30" x 20"
Summer Long
Summer Long, 2017
Hydrocal cast vintage cutlery and dish with gold leaf and indigo ink dye
8.50" x 11"
Berlin, 2017
Hydrocal cast vintage cutlery with gold leaf and indigo ink dye
10h x 8

Blue Lady, 2015

Tinted plaster, gold paint, found flower print in frame, porcelain knobs from vintage electrical wiring, steel wool, metal rusted roofing, knives, steel wire, resin, blue cast plaster maiden head, drilled holes and router scraping

20" x 18" x 2"

Over Somewhere, 2015

Reclaimed lath, vintage doors, drilling, plaster, paint, rusted scrap metal, knives, cast plaster punch cup, gold paint, crushed blue painted car steel part, aluminum tape

19" x 16" x 2"

Shroud 3

Shroud Three, 2013

Silk and resin

17" x 10" x 3"


Compression, 2013

Resin, acrylic and concrete, soil, nails

12” x 7” x 2”

Dowry, Rediscovered

Dowry, Rediscovered, 2012

Wooden bench, dishes, acrylic gel

26” x 14” x 6”

Welcome Home

Welcome Home, 2012

Wooden bureau top, tinted concrete, Carrera marble, glass, resin, silk, found wood, cattle fencing wire, curtain bits

37” x 15” x 3”

Northern Isolation

Northern Isolation, 2012

Vintage door panel, resin, paper, acrylic, rust aluminum, steel wire, crushed glass, concrete

15” x 27.5” x 3”


Julie Schenkelberg grew up in the post-industrial landscape of Cleveland, Ohio. Her mixed-media installations start with furniture, dishware, textiles, and marble, combined with concrete, resin, and construction materials, to transform notions of domesticity, and engage with the American Rust Belt's legacy of abandonment and decay. Using the home as a playground for formal and conceptual subversions, the work aggressively disrupts cohesion within the physical sphere. Familiar furnishings rekindle memories or premonitions of collapse, suggesting both the utter destruction of war, calamities, or urban decay, but also the uncanny juxtapositions of fragile substances such as cloth and china, with industrial materials such as rusty metal, heavy concrete, and tool-made marks such as drilled holes and chain-sawed indentations.

Julie Schenkelberg received a BA in Art History at the College of Wooster, OH, and an MFA at the School of Visual Arts, NY, with additional studies at SAIC at Oxbow, MI, Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, France, and the Institute of European Studies, Vienna. Her large-scale installations have been displayed in solo exhibitions at The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH, the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA, the University of Akron Meyers School of Art, Akron, OH, Beeler Gallery, OH, Plug Projects, MO, and UNTITLED Miami Beach, FL. Schenkelberg won the 2014 ArtPrize Installation Juried Award for her installation "Symptomatic Constant", and has received four National Endowment for the Arts Grants, the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, and a Harpo Foundation Grant. She has been awarded residencies at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE, Art Omi, Ghent, NY, Projekstom Normanns, Norway, and most recently the Red Bull House of Art, Detroit, MI. Press includes Artforum, The New Yorker, PBS, Bloomberg, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, Art F City, The Huffington Post, Beautiful Decay and Ground Magazine. She lives and works in Detroit.