Julia Whitney Barnes was born in Newbury, VT in 1979. She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in 2001 and her MFA from Hunter College in 2006. Julia’s work is multi-disciplinary, executed in a variety of media from oil paintings, ceramic sculptures, murals, drawings, etchings, and site-specific installations. Whitney Barnes has exhibited in the United States and abroad including shows at Front Room Gallery, Novella Gallery, Brooklyn Historical Society, The Old Stone House, Arts@Renaissance, National Academy of Fine Arts, 69th Regiment Armory, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Chelsea Art Museum, Siena Art Institute, One Mile Gallery, Gallery 21 and the International Cryptozoology Museum. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Brooklyn Magazine, The Village Voice, Hyperallergic, and The New York Sun. She was awarded fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Abbey Memorial Fund for Mural Painting/National Academy of Fine Arts, the Gowanus Public Art Initiative, and completed public art projects in Fjellerup, Denmark through funding from Kulturpuljen, Norddjurs Kommune, Denmark in 2013 and the NYCDOT Urban Art program in 2011. She is on faculty at Adelphi University and Marist College and previously assisted John Currin and Rachel Feinstein. After decades in NYC, Julia moved up to the Hudson Valley, where she lives with her photographer husband and young daughter.