Julia Rooney (b. 1989, New York, NY) is a visual artist and arts educator. Though rooted in painting, her studio work often bridges other disciplines, including writing, social practice, and the culinary arts. Since 2011, with her sister and poet, Anne Marie Rooney, she has been using the U.S. Postal Service as a medium for art production, distribution and exhibition.
Julia has taught with The Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Freshman Arts Program at Harvard. She is currently a Wurtele Gallery Teacher at the Yale University Art Gallery. She has trained as a Legacy Specialist through the Joan Mitchell Foundation's CALL Program (Creating a Living Legacy), a program which focuses on archiving a senior artist’s lifetime of work through one-on-one collaboration in the artist's studio. From 2011-2016, Julia worked in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, helping organize public programs, including lectures, symposia, performances and workshops.
Julia has a B.A. from Harvard College (2011) with a concentration in Visual and Environmental Studies, and a Secondary Field in Italian language and culture. She received grants including the Artist Development Fellowship (The Office for the Arts, 2009), the David Rockefeller International Experience Grant (Harvard College, 2009) and the Harvard College Research Program Grant (2010) for thesis research in Italy. Past residencies include The League Residency at Vyt through the Art Students League (Sparkill, NY, 2016), The Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT, 2014), and Engaging Artists (New York, NY, 2014).
Julia is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Painting/Printmaking at the Yale School of Art (class of 2018).