About Julie

Abstract art that speaks to the heart and spirit

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Julie Bernstein Engelmann
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3970 E Montezuma Avenue
Rimrock, AZ 86335
Phone 928-567-4246
www.julieengelmann.com

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Bio

Julie Bernstein Engelmann creates dramatic abstract paintings that speak to the heart and spirit.

The joy & energy is flying off the canvas - Fabulous and full of wonder - Dynamic color explosions - This room is on fire!!! These are comments from the guest book at Julie's shows. I usually do not like abstract paintings, but I walked in the room and was struck still by the depth of emotion in your work, very unexpected!

Collectors have called Julie's paintings portals, because they evoke a feeling of an otherworldly place. Each painting is, in fact, inspired by a specific spiritual experience from Julie's journal of dreams and contemplations. This powerful starting point guides her title, color and form. Through layering, Julie combines intuitive drawing and painting with "accidental" techniques like pouring and wiping.

Meanwhile, Julie looks for breathtaking passages and builds upon them to create depth and drama. "At some point, the whole painting space opens up like a hologram and something thrilling comes to life that I've never seen before!" That is why Julie paints, and the reason her abstracts have a uniquely coherent, deep visual space.

Educated on both coasts, Julie holds an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA from Barnard College in New York City (summa cum laude), where she had the good fortune to study with first-generation abstract expressionist Milton Resnick. Julie's luscious artworks have won many awards and were featured in a retrospective solo exhibition, Being Spirit, at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Pennsylvania.

Julie lives and paints in Northern Arizona, where she teaches Luscious Abstractions on the faculty of the Sedona Arts Center School of the Arts. She currently shows at Gallery 527 in Jerome, Arizona, and the Sedona Arts Center Fine Art Gallery. She has also shown with the James Ratliff Gallery in Sedona and contemporary galleries in Pittsburgh and Indiana, PA. Author of an eye-opening ebook for artists, How to Bring Your Abstract Art to Life, Julie is an inspiring and supportive mentor to artists online. Her artwork is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.

Julie's artwork may be viewed at www.julieengelmann.com.


For a more personal narrative, click to My Art Story.


Artist Statement

To me, an engaging abstract painting embodies a specific, wondrous state of consciousness - one that the viewer wants to visit again and again, like a friend. So it is important to me that my paintings come from an inspired and meaningful place! That's why I begin with a dream or spiritual experience close to my heart.

Further, the painting must be interesting, as individual as a person. It must feel natural, candid. And it must open into a space where the eye can roam freely. To do this, I consciously work with the Painting Spirit. The spirit of the painting itself gives me the color and brush motion for the most delightful markmaking, while I focus on depth and drama.

At some point, the whole painting space opens up like a hologram and something thrilling comes to life that I've never seen before! The painting seems to sing the experience that inspired it, yet has a life of its own.

Beauty - joy - freedom - ease - surprise - warmth - richness - presence - harmony: these are the reasons I paint. May you sense them in the artwork.

Julie Bernstein Engelmann
March 15, 2017




Quotes about Julie's Art

"I just can't begin to tell you what seeing your work does to me. I am mesmerized, amazed, in awe at your use of the paint, your wondrous luminous colors. Your work is phenomenal and inspiring."

- Annette Ballow, Artist


"Julie Bernstein Engelmann combines passages of poured and brushed paint that remind one of stained glass creations. Her technique relies partly on many years of study and partly on an intuitive, creative interaction with what she refers to as the painting spirit. The resulting works are spiritually resonant and ineffably uplifting."
- Barbara Hollander, Site Coordinator,
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art press release for

Julie Bernstein Engelmann: Being Spirit retrospective


"The paintings are like personal stories, only just their distilled essence. Each one has a very specific feeling, distinct from the others, which is unusual in abstract art."
- Donna Chesler, Owner, Gallery 527, Jerome, Arizona


"I had seen a few of your pieces earlier, as you know, but I hadn't realized how wide-ranging and yet consistent your style is. Of all the things you showed me, I think only one pair of paintings seemed related to one another; yet all were distinctly yours.... Your new paintings are really engaging--a bit like a theatrical production in that they just keep on going once the curtain goes up, so to speak. As an art critic, I think that's one of the major things you bring to the party."
- Dr. V. Scott Dimond, Curator for Visual Arts,
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art


"I enjoyed reviewing your breathtaking art today. It is imaginative, provocative and unique. Your phrase 'Abstract art that speaks to the heart & spirit' is a perfect description of your work. And the titles you have chosen for each piece help to make the beauty and meaning of each piece resonate with the viewer even more."
- Gail M. Weber, Twin Cities TOSCA arts guide




Video on Julie's Painting Process


Abstract Painting Spirit
In this video, abstract artist Julie Bernstein Engelmann demonstrates
her creative painting process (acrylic and poured latex)
and discusses the spirit in the paint. 9 minutes.
For a transcription of the spoken parts, click here to watch on a separate page.



"Julie's Video of her art creating is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!!!! I highly recommend that everyone give themselves the delight in viewing Julie's created beauty and inspiration. Viewing her video is completely uplifting!"
- Fawn Christianson, California





Curriculum Vitae

Julie Bernstein Engelmann
3970 E Montezuma Avenue, Rimrock, Arizona 86335
julie(at)julieengelmann.com
www.julieengelmann.com

  • EDUCATION

    • M.F.A., Art, Textile/Fiber, University of California, Los Angeles 1989
      • Merit Award Non-Resident Tuition Fellowship, UCLA 1986-1987
      • Studied with: James Bassler, Chris Burden, Laddie John Dill, Adrian Saxe, Alexis Smith, Patty Wickman
    • B.A., Program in the Arts, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, New York 1979
      • Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Departmental Honors, Dean's Honor List every year
      • Studied with: Milton Resnick, Andre Racz; Art Criticism: Joseph Masheck, Irving Sandler
    • University of Texas at Austin 1976-1977
      • Dean's Honor List, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
    • National Merit Scholarship Award Finalist, National Honor Society 1975


  • EXHIBITIONS / AWARDS, Selected

    • SOLO: "Choose What You Create," Gallery 527, Jerome, Arizona Oct-Dec 2017
    • 37th Annual Juried Members Show, Sedona Arts Center Fine Art Gallery, Sedona, Arizona Mar-Apr 2017
    • SOLO: "Gifts of Soul," Gallery 527, Jerome, Arizona Dec 2016-Jan 2017
    • "Of the Earth," "Blowin' In the Wind," "Holiday Show," Sedona Arts Center Fine Art Gallery, Sedona, Arizona Jul, Aug, Nov-Dec 2016
    • "Forty Years of Celebrating Pennsylvania Artists," Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Altoona, Pennsylvania May-Oct 2016
    • 36th Annual Juried Members Show (2 pieces), Sedona Arts Center Fine Art Gallery, Sedona, Arizona Mar 2016
    • SOLO: "Dreamtime," City Hall Art Rotation Program, Community Development Building, City of Sedona, Arizona Oct 2015-Jan 2016
    • SOLO: "Heart Conversations," Gallery 527, Jerome, Arizona Sep 2015
    • "Fresh Ideas," Featured Exhibition, Sedona Arts Center Fine Art Gallery, Sedona, Arizona Aug 2015
    • "The Spirit of Sedona," Featured Exhibition, Sedona Arts Center Fine Art Gallery, Sedona, Arizona Jun 2015
    • "Under Construction," Sedona Arts Center Fine Art Gallery, Sedona, Arizona Jun 2015
    • "The Heart and Soul of Olga and John Orr," Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Altoona, Pennsylvania Dec 2014-Mar 2015
    • "Arriving in Style: Recent Acquisitions," Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, Pennsylvania Apr-Jun 2014
    • 10th Indiana County Open Arts Exhibit, Indiana County Historical Museum, Indiana, Pennsylvania Nov 2013-Jan 2014
      AWARD: Best of Show (Judge: Norman Ed, artist, Johnstown, Pennsylvania)
    • Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Juried Group Art Exhibition, The FrameHouse Gallery, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Nov 2013-Jan 2014
    • Indiana Art Association 72nd Annual Spring Show, The Artists Hand Gallery, Indiana, Pennsylvania Jun 2013
      AWARD: First Place, Professional (Judge: Catherine Rosensteel, Artist, Greensburg, Pennsylvania)
    • Blair County Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition, Penn State Altoona, Pennsylvania May 2013
      AWARD: Honorable Mention (Juror: Melissa Kuntz, Clarion University of Pennsylvania)
    • SOLO: "Being Spirit," Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, Pennsylvania Jan-Apr 2013

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  • TEACHING
    Click to see Student Work
    • Faculty, Sedona Arts Center School of the Arts, Sedona, Arizona Apr 2015-present
      Luscious Abstractions, From Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition, Luscious Painted Collage
    • Workshop, Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona, Tucson, Arizona April 2017
      Layers: Intuition to Composition
    • Workshops, Sedona Arts Center School of the Arts, Sedona, Arizona Jun 2016, Nov 2016, Dec 2017
      Inspired Abstracts, Meaningful Abstracts
    • Mini-Workshop, Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona, Tucson, Arizona Oct 2016
      Revitalize Your Abandoned Artwork: In-process Critique with Julie Bernstein Engelmann
    • Sedona Art Retreats, Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, Arizona Feb 2016, May 2016
      Luscious Dream Abstraction
    • Guest Demo and Workshop, El Valle Art Association, Cottonwood, Arizona Oct 2015
    • Guest Workshop, Community Art Center of Cambria County, Johnstown, Pennsylvania Feb 2014
      Understanding Color and Composition
    • Instructor, Indiana Art Association, Indiana, Pennsylvania Nov 2013, Feb 2014
      Understanding Color and Composition (2 classes)
    • Guest Artist, Third Grade Art Symposium, Greater Latrobe School District, Latrobe, Pennsylvania Jan 2014
    • ArtPath Artist-in-Residence with Pre-service Teachers, Creative Experiences & Play for Pre-K through Grade 4 Learners, Department of Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania Sep-Nov 2013

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  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    • Guest Presenter, 2D Critique, "Business of Art" Series, Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, Arizona Feb 2017
    • Artist Program, "Honoring the Paint: Layers and Pouring in Abstract Painting," Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona, Tucson, Arizona Oct 2016
    • Artist Talk, "How to Understand and Appreciate Abstract Painting: Meaning, Integrity, and Space," Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, Arizona Jun 2016
    • Artist Talk and Demo, El Valle Art Association, Cottonwood, Arizona Oct 2015
    • Guest Speaker, "Painting Abstract," Greensburg Art Center, Greensburg, Pennsylvania May 2013
    • Artist Talk, Art for Healing class field trip to Julie Bernstein Engelmann: Being Spirit exhibit, Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, Pennsylvania Apr 2013
    • Artist Talk, "Being Spirit," Lunch a l'Art, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Altoona, Pennsylvania Mar 2013
    • CD cover art, Earth Heal, by composer Bruce Mitchell, Millenia Studios, Ontario 2013
    • Guest Artist Demo and Presentation, East Suburban Artists League, Murrysville, Pennsylvania Sep 2012
    • Scholarship Judge, Allied Artists of Johnstown, Bottleworks Ethnic Arts Center, Johnstown, Pennsylvania May 2012

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  • PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Photo by Joy Fairbanks
    • Gallery 527, Jerome, Arizona, Gallery Artist 2015-present
    • Sedona Arts Center Fine Art Gallery, Sedona, Arizona, Gallery Artist 2015-present
    • Rostered Artist, Artist in the Classroom, City of Sedona Arts and Culture Division, Sedona Arizona 2015-present
    • Sedona Arts Center Village Annex Gallery, Sedona, Arizona, Gallery Artist 2016
    • James Ratliff Gallery, Sedona, Arizona, Gallery Artist 2013-2014
    • Gallerie Chiz, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Gallery Artist 2011-2014
    • The Artists Hand Gallery, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Gallery Artist 2012-2014
    • ArtsPath Rostered Artist in Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Directory of Artists-In-Education, 2008-2014
    • Indiana Art Association, Indiana, Pennsylvania, President Jun 2005-May 2011 (three terms)
    • Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Member 2007-2014
    • La Fond Galleries, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Gallery Artist 2006-2011
    • Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Member 2006-2010


  • COLLECTIONS

    • Derry Area School District Art Collection, Derry, Pennsylvania
    • Permanent Collection of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, Pennsylvania
    • Permanent Collection of the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
    • Permanent Collection of the Monroeville Public Library, Monroeville, Pennsylvania
    • Greater Latrobe School District Special Collection, Latrobe, Pennsylvania
    • Landfillart.org, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
    • Harbor-UCLA Psychiatric Medical Associates, Torrance, California
    • Management Consultants, Inc., New York, New York
    • The Small Computer Company, Inc., New York, New York
    • Coinachan Guest House, Spean Bridge, Scotland
    • Numerous private collections throughout USA and Canada




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    © 2017 Julie Bernstein Engelmann

    Photo credits ©: Grassy photo 2013 by Minda Bernstein; Sun dappled photo 2009 by ArtsPath; Holding paintbrush photo 2012 by Amber Engelmann; Gallery 527 solo show photo 2017 by Beth Bernstein; SAMA gallery with solo show 2013 photo by Julie Bernstein Engelmann; Name tag photo at Seton Hill Best of Show 2009 by Amy DiMichele; With husband Chip viewing my Tree in Flames painting at St.Vincent Gallery Solo Show 2007 photo by Lida Hood; Luscious Abstractions smiling students Alicia and Marj at Sedona Arts Center photo 2016 by Julie Bernstein Engelmann; Spray bottle Indiana Art Association demo 2013 video still by Chip Engelmann; Two black shirts IUP Continuing Education teaching 2009 photo by Lan Wang; Julie's demo at El Valle Artists Association, Cottonwood, AZ, photo 2015 by Elaine Bomkamp; Speaking at the Greensburg Art Center 2013 video still by Chip Engelmann; Presenting awards at Indiana Art Association Spring Show 2009 by Joy Fairbanks.