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Julie Ann Nagle
Jersey City, NJ

ARTIST STATEMENT: My work explores the intimate relationship between ancestry, mortality, animism, transcendent mediation through making, and the expansiveness of the universe through delicately balanced sculptures. I employ the tools of archaeology for studying the origins of our ancestors, to excavate the material traces of my own personal heritage and interrogate my own mythology, beliefs, and identity. As time goes on we invent new tools to study the distant past, while paradoxically finding ourselves further removed and disconnected from our roots. I prefer to examine recent events and their open wounds against this past; the evolution of personal narratives alongside the transformation of physical remains in order to ground myself. “Inheritance” began as a farewell to my family home through an archaeological dig and ceremonial object making. My grandparents are elderly and our time together is finite. Someday when they are gone the forest I grew up in will be sold. In the summer of 2016 I excavated our burial ground for farm animals to exhume our prized equine, Dama. After laboriously digging for 5 grueling months I spent another year casting my horses’ remains in resin, then crafting an extremely intricate shroud for her out of tens of thousands of tiny glass beads. Through this immense labor I processed grief into ornamentation. “Bella Dama” contains the spirit of my horse and myself entwined in an animistic object. Ornamentation acts as a form of preservation in “Bloodlines,” a pair of saddles which are replicas of both my grandfather’s saddle for his horse Dama and the saddle for my pony Silver. I elaborately beaded their delicate steel frames to imitate the patterns of leatherwork on the originals, which are dry rotting away. This is one way that I can keep the memory from decaying. In-between the beads I am growing moss harvested from the horses' burial site on my families property, while ivory colored glass beads strung like roots and mycorrhizae (the symbiotic fungus that lives along tree roots) hang beneath the saddles. The saddles sit side by side on saw horses, with the roots connecting to each ends, as symbols of concurrent generations feeding resources back and forth to each other. Each project is an opportunity to immerse myself deeply in new subjects. Through sculpting I digest things that are hard to understand, reifying complex emotions or intellectually difficult ideas. My sculptures are intricately crafted and often tentatively balanced as a visual testament to the struggle of learning something new. Orrery and Astrolabe support objects on the ends of thin metal rods, defying stability. Land masses hover in Congress; a corporeal model, dimensional diagram, sketch of what may have been or could come to be. The fragmented vessels in Orrery are sculpted from diagrams in an archeology textbook. As I work from mediated sources of information, I mimic the archaeologists’ attempt to understand ancient cultures through the resource of surviving objects. These reinterpretations exist as a faux archaeology in which I recreate things I never found.

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Julie Ann Nagle
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Assistant Professor of Sculpture, William Paterson University


2010 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

2009 Virginia Commonwealth University
MFA, Sculpture + Extended Media

2004 The Cooper Union School of Art

2003 Summer Study Abroad Nova Scotia College of Arts, Nova Scotia, Canada

Residencies and Fellowships

2017 Gallery Aferro Residency, Newark NJ

2015 Yaddo Residency, Saratoga Springs NY

2013 Franconia Sculpture Park Jerome Fellowship, Franconia, MN
Sculpture Space Artist Residency, Utica, NY

2011 - 2012 AIRSpace Residency at Abrons Art Center Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY

2011 Seven Below Arts Initiative Artist-in-Residence, Burlington, VT

2009 - 2011 Core Program Residency Fellowship, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

2009 MacDowell Colony Residency Fellowship and Leon Levy Foundation Grant, Peterborough, NH

Honors and Awards

2017 National Academies Keck Futures Initiatives (NAFKI) Grant subawardee, Principle Investigator for William Paterson

2014 Rhode Island School of Design Professional Development Grant

2013 Jerome Fellowship Grant

2009 & 2010 Eliza Prize Grants, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

2009 Leon Levy Foundation Grant

2008 College Art Association Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts Honorable Mention

2007 - 2009 Graduate School of the Arts Scholarship, Virginia Commonwealth University

2007, 2008, 2009 Graduate School of the Arts Student Travel Grants, Virginia Commonwealth University

2004 The Elliot Nash Memorial Prize for Excellence in Sculpture
Ruth Varner Otto Grant

Selected Exhibitions

Personals, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, New York, NY

Excavations, Field Projects Gallery, New York, NY
Generations, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Franconia Sculpture Park Alumni Exhibition, Casket Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
RISD Faculty Summer Show, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence RI

The Gold Standard, Depot Gallery, Richmond, VA
RISD Faculty Summer Show, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI
Enter Aquarium, SPRING/BREAK Art Fair, Skylight at Moynihan Station, New York, NY
RISD Faculty Biennial, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI

SkowheganPERFORMS, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY
The Shelf II, Daylight Savings at Sadie Halie Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Memento Mori, Field Projects, New York, NY
The Shelf, Daylight Savings Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Advancing the Dream: Social Justice in the 21st Century, LaGuardia Community College, Queens, NY
Show for BOS, Bridging Bushwick Sculpture Garden, Brooklyn NY

December’s Letters, Orgy Park, Brooklyn, NY
Eureka!!!, Loft 594, Brooklyn, NY
Epicenter, Servulo Gutierez Cultural Center, Jesus Maria Lima, Peru
Op-u-lens, Stanley Center for the Arts, Utica, NY
Workweek, Casket Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
The New Show, Parsons The New School, New York, NY
do it (outside), Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY
Still Life with Soda, Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Maquette & Small Sculpture Exhibition, Casket Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
The Fall, Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia, MN
Let’s Talk About Love, Baby, Chido Johnson’s Love Library, Printed Matter, New York, NY

SkowheganPERFORMS, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, NY
AIRSpace Exhibition, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY

Houston Fine Art Fair, TX
Material Traces, McKinney Avenue Contemporary Gallery, Dallas, TX
2011 Core Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Fine Arts Benefit Auction Exhibition, Houston TX

Quantum Dada, Artscan Gallery, Houston, TX
SK10 take 2, Tompkins Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Local Color, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX
2010 Core Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
SK10, Skowhegan, ME

...for Lovers, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY
Almost Famous, Bev Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
Flora, United States Botanical Garden, Washington DC
Virginia Commonwealth University MFA Thesis Exhibition, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA

The Same Thing is Happening Twice, Middendorf Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2009 MFA Candidates, Central National Bank Building, Richmond, VA
Gray Area Stake Out, Crane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Exchange Show, Pratt University, Brooklyn, NY

Limited Editions

2012 Abrons Art Center Print Edition

2011 Core Fellow Print Portfolio, edition 20

Publications & Writings

2016 EXCAVATIONS: A Conversation on Fragments Part One (April 28, 2016)
EXCAVATIONS: A Conversation on Fragments Part Two (April 30, 2016)­30­conversations­on­fragments­30­conversation­on­fragments­ii
Atif A.K., “Excavations - Imagination Worth Digging.” Arte Fuse (March 28, 2016)
Political Concepts, A Critical Lexicon, Issue 3.5 (Fall 2016)

2013 Valerian Ocampo, ed., Art Crush, Issue 4 (October 2013)

2012 Political Concepts, A Critical Lexicon, Issue 2 (Winter 2012)
AIRSpace Exhibition Catalog, Abrons Art Center: New York, NY
Julie Ann Nagle, “Stirs of a Sumptuous Saucepot,” Artists book

2011 Core Artist-In-Residence Exhibition Catalog: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Katia Zavistovski “2011 Core Exhibition,” Art Lies Issue 67 (Spring 2011)
Steven Thomson, “Getting to the Core of young artists at the Glassell School.” Culture Map Houston (March 2011)
Robert Boyd, “The 2011 Core Exhibition.” The Great God Pan is Dead (March 5, 2011)

2010 Core Artist-In-Residence Exhibition Catalog: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
David Serlin ed., Imagining Illness: Public Health and Visual Culture. Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press.

2009 Masters Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition Summer 2009, Richmond: VCU Print Projects
Daniel Neman, “VUC Art Students Get Gallery Shows” Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond, VA March 2009

2008 “Locomotives and Last Flights” Curious Spring 2008, Richmond: VCU Print Projects


2017 Visiting Critic, The George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Visiting Artist Lecture, Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT

Visiting Artist Lecture, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ

2014 Visiting Artist Lecture, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

Gallery Talk, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI

2013 Panel Discussion Moderator on Artist Initiated Projects, Interpretations of Success Conference, Loft 594, Brooklyn, NY

Artist Lecture, 3D Symposium: Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN

Visiting Artist Lecture, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

2011 Artist Lecture, University of Houston, TX

2010 Artist’s Eye Lecture Series at The Menil Collection, Houston, TX

Artist Lecture Series at the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX

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