JULIE MCNIEL is a Northern California artist. For more than 30 years, she has explored cross-cultural and environmental concepts and narratives through drawing, painting, and performance. McNiel's award-winning work has been extensively exhibited. She received her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, and was awarded artist residencies in California, England, and Costa Rica shortly thereafter. McNiel began studying Chinese language and traveling to China in the 1980s, where she documented village life through her drawings. Other influential landscapes include Ireland's coastal villages, as well as those of her own homeland, California. In 2011 she received the Victor T. Jacoby Award for experimental animation that involves hand-drawing, painting and collage as a format for her themes of adoption, orphaning, and girlhood.
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please go to MIDNIGHT SUN to see my most recent series of drawings and visit my NEWS page to register for upcoming drawing classes - thanks for visiting! - - - julie