While participating in the Department of Fine Art’s April 5-7 printmaking symposium at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, Julie Niskanen will hold a public lecture on her work on Apr. 5, 2012, startings at 7pm at the Lowrimore Lecture Hall, Cauthen Educational Media Center.
Julie Niskanen spent her first seven years in Greenville, SC, and family moves eventually took her to Newark, Delaware and Chicago, IL. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Iowa State University in 2005. During the summer of 2003 she lived and studied in Rome, Italy, and traveled around Europe. In 2008, Niskanen received a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the University of South Dakota, where she also managed the fine art gallery and taught drawing classes. Niskanen now lives in Raleigh, NC, where she works as a professional artist and teaches art courses at Wake Technical Community College. Additionally, she teaches printmaking workshops in Raleigh. Niskanen is also part of the Artspace Artists Association in Raleigh, Davidson Galleries in Seattle, and the Washington Printmakers Gallery in Silver Spring, MD.
Living in so many places and having experienced many different environments have had a significant influence on Niskanen’s creative work. She uses images from nature to represent changes in both nature as well as her own life. Always stimulated by the contemporary art world, Niskanen attends conferences and workshops across the country and gives visiting artist workshops at various art centers and universities. Her award-winning work has been exhibited extensively in national and international exhibitions, and is in many private and public collections.
For further information call the FMU Art Department at 843/661-1385 or visit (http://departments.fmarion.edu/finearts/gallery.htm).