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 and collaborative, community-based projects. 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 an M.F.A. in Painting/Printmaking from Yale School of Art (2018), and a B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College (2011). She has exhibited her work at spaces including Arts+Leisure, Kopeikin Gallery, The Painting Center, Zeit Contemporary Art, Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Hot Wood Arts, and Booklyn, amidst others. She has received teaching and research grants/fellowships through LMCC's SU-CASA residency, the Yale Prison Education Initiative Teaching Fellowship, an "Engaging Artists" Project Grant (MORE ART), an Artist Development Fellowship (The Office for the Arts, Harvard College) and a David Rockefeller International Experience Grant (Harvard College) for thesis research in Italy. Residencies include The Joan Mitchell Center (upcoming, 2022), MASS MoCA (upcoming, 2021), DNA Residency (Provincetown, MA, 2020), Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (Saratoga, WY, 2019), The League Residency at Vyt (Sparkill, NY, 2016), The Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT, 2014), and Engaging Artists (New York, NY, 2014).
Julia has taught in gallery, studio and classroom settings, including The Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Yale University Art Gallery, The Wallach Art Gallery, and the First Year Arts Program at Harvard College. She is also 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. In 2017-18, she worked as a Curatorial Intern in the Sol LeWitt Archive at Yale. Prior to this, she worked for five years in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, helping organize public programs, including lectures, symposia, performances and workshops.