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Detail of Julie Schenkelberg's outdoor installation at Chautauqua Visual Arts

Julie Schenkelberg: Currant

On view October 21 – December 16, 2022


Julie Schenkelberg’s 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. Her work seeks to excavate a bygone history embodied in abandoned buildings, objects, lives, jobs and stories. The installations transition the past into new stories of remembrance and healing. Her current work is informed by research in Italy about ruins of older civilizations and her interest in medieval early religions, alchemical symbiology, and mystic sacred geometry in drawings and in architecture.

Julie Schenkelberg first exhibited at The Sculpture Center in 2014 as a W2S (now Revealed) Early Career Exhibition artist. Eight years later, Julie is the first artist-in-residence at The Sculpture Center and is working in the Davis Art Foundation’s fabrication studio, where she creating new work for Currant. This exhibition marks Julie’s Erie Tribute, her first solo show in Ohio since 2016.


About Julie Schenkelberg

Julie Schenkelberg’s work has been exhibited at venues including the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art (Pittsburgh), the Museum of Art and Design (New York), UNTITLED Miami Beach (Miami), Asya Geisberg Gallery (New York), David Klein Gallery (Detroit), the University of Akron Meyers School of Art (Akron), The Chautauqua Institution (New York), Plug Projects (Kansas City) and Prosjektrom Normanns (Norway). She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs (NY), Art Omi (NY), Arte Ventura (Spain), Volterra-Detroit Foundation Residency (Italy), The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, (Omaha, NE) and SiTE:LAB (Grand Rapids, MI) among many others. A four-time recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, she holds a BA in Art History from the College of Wooster, OH, and MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY. A native of Cleveland, OH, her work is also influenced by 18 years’ experience as a professional scenic painter in the theater. She is currently represented by Asya Geisberg Gallery, NY.


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Image: Julie Schenkelberg, "Vestige (detail)," 2022, Plaster and concrete castings.