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Julie Wolfe

What if we could better understand our own human social systems - the means by which we communicate, the patterns that govern our interdependence and the intricacies that form those larger structures? And what if we could appreciate the infinitely more complex systems that thrive in our natural world? Perhaps we, as humans could then see how we fit into a larger universal system housed by nature: an ecological world in which our relationship to nature is not adversarial, but one of peaceful coexistence. Such is the vision of Julie Wolfe..

Wolfe’s work is conceived by harvesting data, discarded objects and images that create a new narrative in the context of ecological environment and social / cultural evolution. She offers abstract equations, mapping patterns and geometric networks as a means to describe the workings of a given system. By engaging in this symbolic dialect of time, place, interconnectedness and memory she invites the viewer to trace their own associations and interpretations.

Her stories are told through photographs, drawings, sculptural structures, large abstract paintings and wall installations where color and form, destruction and beauty reign in this experience of aesthetic seduction.

Through this captivating vision, we are allowed to contemplate and face the challenge of reinventing the seemingly exhausted legacy of utopian thought and find a common horizon so that we can function and thrive collectively.

Julie Wolfe is a visual and conceptual artist living and working in Washington D.C. Her work is featured in institutions and collections internationally and has been reviewed in ARTnews, BBC American and Hyperallergic. Her most recent solo exhibition was at American University Katzen Museum.




American, b. 1963, Dallas, Texas     |     Lives and Works in Washington DC


BFA Painting and Art History, The University of Texas, Austin, TX, 1986


  • “Under Their Gaze, We Become Creatures”, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington DC. 2019

  • “Before and After Now”, Page Bond Gallery, 2018

  • “Quest For a Third Paradise”, The American University Museum, Washington, DC, 2017

  • “Julie Wolfe: The Language of the Birds,” Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC, 2016

  • “Green Room 11,” Kunstraum Tapir, Berlin, Germany, 2015

  • “Julie Wolfe: Green Room,” HEMPHILL @1700 L Street, Washington DC, 2015

  • “Meta,” Public Art Commission, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC, 2014

  • “Julie Wolfe: Rewilding,” Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC, 2013

  • “Julie Wolfe,” Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC, 2010

  • Window Installation, Barneys New York, New York, NY, 2010

  • “Surface Tension,” Mu Project, Washington DC, 2009

  • “Wallpaper,” Tryst Café, Washington DC, November, 2007

  • “Julie Wolfe,” Tryst Café, Washington DC, July, 2006

  • “Flora and Fauna,” Zinc Café, Laguna Beach, CA, 2003

  • Faith Ringgold Interactive installation, San Diego Museo de Los Ninos, 2000

  • “Elements of Devotion,” Concordia University, Irvine, CA, 1994

  • “New Juice in Orange County,” Irvine Fine Arts Center, 1993

  • “SEED,” Zinc Café, Corona Del Mar, CA, 2004


  • “Full Bleed”, National Gallery of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, 2019

  • “Overlooked”, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston Virginia, 2019

  • “Creative Energy For Peace”, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, 2019

  • “System Adjustment”, AGA LAB. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017

  • United States Embassy, Bratislava, US Department of State, 2017

  • “Body Boundaries”, Radiator Arts, Long Island City, NY, 2014

  • “Total View”, Kunstraum Tapir, Berlin, Germany 2014

  • “Curio”, Heiner Contemporary, Washington DC, 2013

  • “REPRESENT”, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington DC, 2013

  • “Artist-Citizen, Washington DC,” Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC, 2013

  • “Colors per la Planeta”, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 2013

  • “Colors per la Planeta”, Namur, Belgium, 2013

  • “Colors per la Planeta”, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, Germany, 2013

  • "Colors of the Planet" Andorran National Commission for UNESCO (CNAU). Andorra, 2013, Traveling to UNESCO Offices in Venice, Vienna, Paris and Tokyo.

  • United States Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria, US Department of State, Art In Embassies, 2009

  • “DC Fine Art Photography Fair,” Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington DC, 2011

  • “(e)merge art fair,” Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington DC, 2011

  • “Network,” Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington DC, 2011

  • United States Embassy, Paris, France, US Department of State, Art In Embassies, 2009

  • UNESCO, Paris, France, US Department of State, Art In Embassies, 2009

  • “Botanical Treasures of Lewis and Clark,” Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, 2006

  • Faculty and Staff Exhibition, Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington DC, 2005

  • Group Exhibition, Audrey Flack, Juror, Chuck Levitan Gallery, New York, NY, 1997

  • “Wolfe, Ansel, Nelson,” Rhino Art Company, Solana Beach, CA, 1997

  • “Dia de los Muertos,” Cultural Center de la Raza, San Diego, CA, 1997

  • Tapestry Showcase, The National Textile Museum, Washington DC, 1996

  • “Annual Faculty Exhibition,” Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA, 1996

  • “Virgins, Whores, Witches and Saints,” La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA, 1994

  • “Saints and Sinners,” Folk Tree Collection, Pasadena, CA, 1994


  • New York Public Library, New York, NY

  • Capitol One, Washington DC

  • Nation Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC

    American University Katzen Museum, Washington DC

    United States Embassy, Sofia Bulgaria, Paris, France, Quito Ecuador

  • Allen Memorial Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio

  • Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Hogan Lovells LLP, Washington, DC

  • Sidley Austin, Washington, DC

  • United States Embassy, Quito, Ecuador

  • UNESCO Residence Collection, Paris, France

  • United States Embassy, Paris, France


  • Mark Jenkins, “Overlooked” Washington Post, 2019

  • Hand Copying the Constitution, Hyperallergic, 2018

  • Sci-art Magazine-Systems of Color With Julie Wolfe, 2018

  • Crazy Horse No. 94 Literary Journal, Cover.

  • Claire Voon, Julie Wolfe, Quest For a Third Paradise, Reviewed, Hyperallergic. March 1, 2017

  • Capps, Kriston, Julie Wolfe, Language of the Birds, Reviewed, Washington City Paper, May 19, 2016

  • Mazar-Fox, Holly, Arts & Culture: Compelling Color, DC Magazine, May 2016, p. 74

  • Coplan, Tina, Point of Reference, Home & Design Magazine, January/February 2016, p. 150-153

  • McKenna, William, Green Room: Julie Wolfe, BBC World News America, November, 2015

  • Jenkins, Mark, Water Colors Leave a Mark, The Washington Post, December 4, 2015

  • Bunyard, Jesc, Julie Wolfe's Cycles of Life, ROOMS13, January Issue #13, 2014

  • May, Stephen, Reviews: Julie Wolfe, ARTnews Magazine, Summer Issue, 2013

  • Jenkins, Mark, Gallery Reviews: Julie Wolfe, The Washington Post, May 10, 2013, C8

  • Reviews of Reviews: Art, The Week Magazine, May 3, 2013

  • Capps, Kriston, Review: Rewilding at Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington City Paper, April 4, 2013

  • O’Sullivan, Michael, Gallery Opening of The Week, The Washington Post, March 21, 2013

  • Sommer Shalett, Karen, The Work of Art, DC Modern Luxury, September 2012, p 64-68

  • Exhibition Catalogue, Quito Ecuador: Art Collection of the United States Embassy, 2011

  • Dawson, Jessica, Reviews: Julie Wolfe, The Washington Post, December 3, 2010, C8

  • Exhibition Catalogue, U.S. Mission to the OECD, Paris, Art in the Embassies, 2009


  • Resident, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, 2018 / 2019

  • Resident, AGA Lab, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2018

  • Resident, Two Coats of Painting, Brooklyn NY, 2017

  • Public Art Commission, Philadelphia, PA. Temple University, 2017

  • Contributing Editor, The Studio Visit Online Journal, 2016-2017

  • Public Art Commission, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC, 2014

  • Resident, Takt Academy, Berlin, Germany, 2014

  • Resident, UNESCO-sponsored study of sustainable energy, Andorra, 2012

  • Artist in Residence, Art in the Embassies/Sincha Satcha Foundation, Quito, Ecuador, 2011

  • Faculty in Metalsmithing. Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington DC, 2006-2007

  • Lab Technician / Adjunct Instructor Corcoran College of Art and Design Jewelry Department, 2004-2006

  • Art instructor, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA, 2001

  • Artist in Residence. San Diego Children’s Museum / Museo de los Ninos, San Diego, CA, 1996-2000; Designed and installed interactive exhibitions and planned curriculum for at-risk teens, private and public schools and lead projects with children across the border in Tijuana, Mexico

  • Faculty Art Instructor, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA, 1995-1996

  • Faculty Art instructor, Orange County Museum of Contemporary Art, 1993-1995

  • Owner of Julie Wolfe Designs. Design and manufacture jewelry and accessories for men and women. Clients include Barney’s New York, Relish DC and Louis Boston, 1990-present