SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
Interdisciplinary artist, arts educator and administrator; teaching artist, art activist and creative writer. Professor of art and design 1996-2010, with expertise teaching drawing, painting, printmaking and graphic design; author of graphic design/visual communications programs and curriculum; author and teacher of online courses at several higher education institutions; program/departmental administration and public speaking. Teaching artist 2010-present, with a focus on marginalized and underserved populations and community driven public art projects. Practicing mixed media artist with extensive exhibition record 1988 to present, published creative writer 2013-present.
CURRENT PROFESSIONAL GOALS
Interest in working with art based nonprofits, especially those that focus on non-traditional arts education and improving lives for at-risk youth and marginalized adults such as the homeless, veterans, and the elderly. Lifetime devotion to teaching and learning, and bringing art to underserved audiences and in nontraditional, collaborative ways via a wide range of activities. Ongoing work as a fine artist and published creative writer. Strong interest in creation of an alternative artists’ cooperative (educational, commercial and living space for underserved and at-risk artists).
Master of Fine Arts, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Associate of Arts, College of Lake County, Grayslake IL
Program Director, AmeriCorps KY Ready Corps, Eastern Kentucky University
Directing and managing an AmeriCorps State Program with a focus on disaster and emergency services for organizations that work with vulnerable individuals. Recruitment of members and service sites, supervision of 35-60 members each program year including training.
Artvention Suicide Prevention Project
Assist, design and facilitate ArtVention, an art empowerment and healing project focused on suicide education, prevention and awareness, funded through the EKU SAFE program within the Psychology Department at Eastern Kentucky University.
Special Interest Instructor in Art, Upward Bound at EKU
Design and implementation of special visual art based group projects during Upward Bound session in summer, working with at-risk youth from eastern Kentucky
Teaching artist, Living Art and Science Center and with UK’s LEXengaged program
Design and facilitate unique art experiences for at-risk youth, including collaboration with college students at William Wells Brown School in Lexington
AmeriCorps VISTA Leader-Program Development at Partners For Education, Berea College, Kentucky
Support for 24 VISTAs as they build capacity and sustainability for nonprofits in southeastern Kentucky and Appalachia; assist with data collection and CNCS report writing, evaluation of VISTA member performance and satisfaction; assessment of VISTA professional development plans and needs, compilation of VISTA community and site profiles to improve PFE’s VISTA program and member effectiveness.
Independent teaching artist, Evansville Indiana and Henderson, Kentucky
Created and provided innovative, helpful and meaningful visual art programming to Henderson County High School’s after school program and Central Academy, Henderson’s alternative school for at-risk middle/high schoolers, funded by grant from Center for Youth Justice and Services. Teaching artist at Redbanks Independent Living Centers, funded by Kentucky Foundation For Women Art Meets Activism Grant. Teaching artist at United Caring Day Shelter homeless shelter, Evansville, Indiana, funded by grant from the Pollination Project.
AmeriCorps Senior Corps member, Project Manager for RiverBend Academy, a nonprofit arts organization
Duties included community outreach as teaching artist for Henderson schools and senior centers; fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning, marketing and public relations. Teaching artist at United Caring Day Shelter, Evansville, Indiana, funded by Pollination Project grant and UCS’ Transitional Housing program. Initiated and completed mural project at the shelter. Published creative writer and visual artist with extensive exhibition record.
Volunteer arts programmer and facilitator for social service/nonprofit agencies in Evansville, Indiana, including United Caring Services homeless shelter, YWCA’s shelter for families fleeing domestic violence, Aurora’s Vision 1505 housing project for families and Peace Zone, Southwestern Behavioral Services, all in Evansville IN. Teaching artist in residence at Evansville Museum, 2013-2015.
Lecturer, Brescia University
Taught art history, art appreciation, computer graphics, graphic design, beginning through advanced drawing; created experimental Women In Art course, Fall 2012.
Multimedia art/design consultant
Responsible for multimedia presentations, graphic design and art/design/writing programming for Rockport Engagement Center, a temporary activities center for individuals with mental health diagnoses and disabilities, funded by a $50,000 Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addiction grant.
Professor of Art/Graphic Design
Designed and implemented new graphic design and visual communications programs. Taught courses in all 2D studio areas, including drawing, painting, printmaking and graphic design. Designed and/or taught online courses in art appreciation and graphic design history. Mac lab consultant and supervisor. Participation on college committees, advising. Recipient of several university based creative production grants
Lifetime Arts, Creative Aging Artist/Roster
Certified Teaching Artist, National Center For Creative Aging
Certified with ASIST, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, September 2017
Murals of Berea, Kentucky, 2019
Board Member, Berea Arts Council 2020-2021
BIAC (Brain Injury Adventure Camp), Henderson KY 2015-2016
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Henderson KY, advisory committee 2015-2016
Awards and Recognitions
Honorable Mention, essay “Smartening Up”, Spruce Mountain Press, November 2014
Nominated, One Lovely Blog award, for theartbagladyblog on WordPress, October 2014
Nominated, Very Inspirational Blog, for theartbagladyblog on WordPress, August 2014
New Pages Lit Mag Cover Pics of the Week, May 2014, for Kestrel Fall 2013 cover
Selected for Best of Vine Leaves 2013, mixed media artworks
Literature award for essay “Under The Piano”, Line Zero, 2013
Best Mixed Media Artwork, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Summer 2013
Selected Recent Professional Activities
Design and facilitate ArtVention, an art empowerment and healing project focused on suicide education, prevention and awareness, funded through the EKU SAFE program within the Psychology Department at Eastern Kentucky University. Coordinated and supervised the ArtVention event on 9/13/17, in which suicide bereaved and survivors engaged in three visual art projects, one of them collaborative, creating a sense of community and healing from suicide experiences. Ongoing assistance with public exhibitions of products of ArtVention, raising awareness and furthering healing among survivors of suicide.
Visual arts programming for at-risk youth, elders and residents of homeless shelters in Evansville, Indiana and Henderson, KY, exhibition and sale of shelter guest/artist artworks produced at Art In The Annex at United Caring Shelters and exhibited at Art In the Margins, Zion Center for Spiritual Healing and Development, to benefit artists and the AIM program, funded by an Impact Grant from The Pollination Project.
Creator and curator of Art In The Margins, an exhibition of accomplished artworks by homeless artists, September-October 2014, funded in part by The Pollination Project.
Facilitator for CityWrite, Indianapolis, October 2013: A city-wide memoir writing project for residents of Indianapolis, including those involved in senior centers, church groups, after school programs and marginalized populations including those in nursing homes, homeless shelters and halfway houses.
ArtSpeak creative/critical thinking program for men in Transitional Housing at United Caring Services homeless shelter, Evansville, IN
The Rockport Engagement Center, Rockport IN: The Memoir Project – Reading Our Writings: Guiding people with disabilities in writing about their lives, compilation of a book of those writings for the center as well as design of additional fine arts/design programming for people with disabilities.
2019-2020: Kentucky Foundation for Women Art Meets Activism Grant, Hold Up Hold On community mural panel project with Berea Kentucky schools
2015: Kentucky Foundation For Women Art Meets Activism Grant for RiverBend Academy 2015/2016, $4400 to fund and facilitate Life Stories/Life Lessons illustrated writing project with elder women and at-risk girls in Henderson, Kentucky.
2014: Pollination Project seed grant: http://thepollinationproject.org/grants-awarded/julie-struck-artspeak/
2006:Kentucky Foundation for Women, Art Meets Activism Grant
2004: Kentucky Foundation for Women, Artist Enrichment Grant
2017 The Illustrated Word traveling exhibit, sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council
2014 Recent Work, installation at Ivy Tech Community College, October-November
Inspired by Women, regional group juried exhibition, Deaconess Women’s Hospital, May-June
2013 Group invitational exhibition, Casa Cultural, Quito, Ecuador, May 2013
Publication of mixed media artwork, Still Point V, Summer 2013
Publication of mixed media artworks, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, issue #7, Summer
2012 Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Museum, traveling throughout 2012
2009 Faces of Women, juried national group exhibit, Arts Council, Las Vegas NM
A Reader’s Art, juried national group exhibit, Minneapolis, MN
2008 One person exhibition, “illumination”, St. Joseph University Gallery, Philadelphia 2007 Am I A Prisoner?national juried group exhibition, Wiseman Gallery, Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, OR
Guest Artist, Kentucky Retreat For Women Writers, “WordArt”, one- person exhibit and guest lecture, Owensboro, KY
2006 Domestic Details, four-person exhibition, Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR
One person exhibition “Retro-spective”, Kentucky Wesleyan College
2005 One person exhibition “Enduring Work“, Carter Art Center Gallery, Penn Valley Community College, Kansas City, MO
2004 Interactive Media Forum: Creative Space/Digital Space, national juried exhibition, Miami University, OH
2003 Two-person exhibition “Attempting Synthesis”, Eastern Kentucky University, Fred P. Giles Gallery, January and Rosewood Gallery, Kettering, OH, April
“Her”, national juried exhibition, Olin Hall Gallery, Roanoke College, Salem VA
Published Works and Catalogs
South Loop Review, Volune 16, mixed media artworks, 2014
Kestrel Literary Journal, Fall 2013 issue, cover art and full color signature
Still Point Arts Quarterly, essay/supporting artwork in Art Education, published Summer 2013
Vine Leaves Literary Journal, artworks Finding Dignity and Finding Soul, issue #7, 2013
Line Zero, essay Under The Piano, literature winner, 2013
Cover Art, Kentucky Retreat For Women Writers flyer and postcard, 2007 & 2008
Chemeteka Community College promotional flyer, December 2005
Kansas City Art, Vol 5, No. 3, September/October 2005, p. 35
Catalog and poster, University of St. Francis, December 1997 – February 1998
Wings of Desire, catalog, Indiana University NW, November 1999
Documentation of One Person Exhibition of Collage Paintings, Founders Memorial
Library, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 1994
Highlights from the Collection, catalog, Community Gallery of Art, Grayslake, IL 1988
Willow Review, cover art, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL 1987
Selected Recent Creative Activities – Literature
Spruce Mountain Press, essay “Smartening Up” published November 2014, Honorable Mention
Botticelli Magazine, essay/supporting artwork, May 2014
Still Point Arts Quarterly, essay/supporting artwork “Art Education”, Summer 2013
Line Zero, essay “Under The Piano”, Summer/Fall 2013