Julia has been a guest curator at The Mystic Museum of Art, The Lyme Academy, The Slater Memorial Museum, New London Art Society and Gallery, Three Rivers Community College, Pfizer Corporation’s Art Galleries and MS17 Gallery, in CT. She has been invited to jury several professional art exhibitions in Hartford, Essex, Clinton, Guilford, Manchester, New Haven (Paint & Clay show), Mystic (CAFA show) and Norwich, Connecticut, as well as in Rhode Island. She has also been an invited guest lecturer on the arts for many organizations in CT, including the Lyman Allyn Museum, Mystic Museum of Art and Guilford Center for the Arts, in CT.
Julia was awarded a month long Residency as a working artist in Bulgaria in 2003, 2005 and again in 2013, by the Griffis Foundation of New London (headed by Toby Griffis) and the Orpheus Foundation of Bulgaria, headed by renowned poet, Lyubomir Levchev. There she was given 2 solo exhibitions in 2003 including one at the U.S. Embassy in the Capitol of Sofia. In 2013 Julia was given another exhibition with 2 other artists from the residency in the Artist Cooperative Gallery, in Sofia, Bulgaria. She was also given an Artist Residency in Ireland in 2008.
“Some of my most recent work, found object paintings, has been an exciting path in my continuing journey of artistic creation. Many wonderful objects that were used in daily life over the years have now been cast aside or replaced in today’s new and instant everything culture. Many of these objects may not even be recognizable to entire generations. But these forsaken objects or in some cases pieces of them have found their way to a rebirth, appreciated for their aesthetic beauty and lifted to the level of art.
The “found objects” in my paintings should be viewed in a new context for their form and sometimes what they reference instead of their original function. My work infuses bits of the “real world” into the “fantasy world” of a painting.
Julia M. Pavone 2019