Julie McNiel Artist
JULIE MCNIEL is a Northern California artist.

I explore cross-cultural themes in a non-linear narrative form through drawing, painting, animation, and performance art. After working as an illustrator in the San Francisco Bay Area, I began studying Chinese language and traveling to China in the 1980s, where I documented village life through drawings. In 1999 I earned an MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, and was awarded artist residencies in Europe and Central America shortly thereafter. In 2011 I received the $10,000 Victor T. Jacoby Award for animation. My hand-drawn animated short films, including Fogline, about art and time in prison, have been shown at galleries and museums. I've taught at colleges, universities and art schools on the west coast for 20 years. I currently teach visual arts through the William James Association's Prison Arts Project, as part of California's Arts in Corrections Program. I am working on a graphic novel.

Click on ARTWORK and then PROJECTS, to view each series. These are listed chronologically from the 1980s to the present. Text that illuminates ideas and influences can be found throughout the site.

welcome! go to MIDNIGHT SUN to see a recent drawing project, and click on SHELL GAMES to view paintings exhibited at the Museum of Northwest Art in Washington, and at University of Hawaii, Hilo. Check out my NEWS page for the latest! - julie

(Left) TRUE NORTH aka The Mother Lode,
oil painting on canvas, 38 x 50", 2018.