Director of Exhibitions, Assistant Professor of MFA in Studio Art
Dept. : Academic Studies, MFA
Julie Poitras Santos’ expanded creative practice comprises video, installation, performance and site-specific public projects that include a walking component. Also a writer, she studies areas where art and language intersect. The relationship between site, story and mobility fuels a wide range of research and production, including the relationship between natural histories, myth and individual story; walking as a form of listening to site; and material agency in an age of climate change. She has taught sculpture at Bowdoin College, the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. She lived in Barcelona, Spain, for three years (2004‐2007) and worked as the artistic director of the art residency program Can Serrat, in Montserrat National Park. Poitras Santos has a BS from Tufts University in Geology and English and earned her MFA at the University of Colorado. She also has an MFA in poetry from the Stonecoast Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine.
- Inter Arts Center Residency in 2018 at Lund University, Malmö, Sweden
- 2016 Kindling Fund grant, Warhol Regional Regranting, Space Gallery for creating
- PLATFORM PROJECTS/WALKS, a two-week public project investigating walking,
- 2015 Creative Capital “On Our Radar” online citation for ROPE/WALK community project / installation as part of Portland citydrift
- NES Artists Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland
- Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant recipient
- Work exhibited in Reykjanesbaer Art Museum in Iceland and at the Centre for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona, Spain
Julie has practiced the martial art of Aikido since 1991. She has traveled widely, including Spain, France, Iceland, India, Nepal, and Morocco and speaks Spanish, French and some Nepali.