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College of Fine Arts Research Profiles

Julia Morrisroe
School of Art + Art History

Associate Professor
T: 273-3031

College of Fine Arts
University of Florida
P.O. Box 115801
Gainesville, Fl 32611-5801

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Research Interests:

Consumer culture, aesthetics, color, installation, phenomenology, painting, painting theory, drawing, time, etc

Research Summary:

 Based in the tradition of painting and drawing, my research engages with the essence of their definition--the relationship of substance and support. I strive to expand the viewer’s understanding of this tradition through diverse media ranging from substances such as paint, drywall compound or embroidery floss. For supports I use material such as canvas, paper, wallpaper, gypsum board or baby diapers. My work also explores and frequently exploits the interplay between technologies and the handmade as I follow my inclination to let ideas rather than materials lead my studio work. The subject matter of my creative research is based on a focused examination of the environment around me. I look critically at the ‘stuff’ that fills our space, that arrives in our mailboxes, that is marketed to us in catalogs, and on the web and imagine the metaphysical impact of this visual stuff on our society.  



Master of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

Key Professional Appointments:

Committee Member Artist Services Committee of the College Art Association



"Speaking Out: A Public Forum for Artist Manifestos" Chair, College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA

"The Case for a Pedagogy of Slippage", Southeast College Art Association Annual Conference, Savannah, GA

“Nothing and Everything” Painting, College Art Association Annual Conference, Dallas, TX

“Drawing: Material Articulation”, SECAC/MACAA Annual Conference, Nashville, TN

“Down and Dirty: the sanitizing of painting in the 21st Century, paper “Observation, Generosity and Painting Today”, College Art Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA

“Teaching the Teachers”, co-presenter with Craig Roland, UF “The new MFA experience at University of Florida, Foundations in Art, Theory and Education National Conference, Columbus Ohio

“Current Curriculum: Holding On and Letting Go”  Midwest College Art Association Annual Conference,  Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 

Selected Works:

2011 Drawing Material Articulation, National Juried Exhibition, Purdue University2010 Sin, Bakehouse, Miami, FL, Juror: Silvia Karman Cubina, Bass Museum2010 Texas National Juried Exhibition,Stefan Austin University, TX, Juror: Judy Pfaff2010 2nd Penang International Print Exhibition, Penang, Malaysia, Penang State Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia2010 6th Kyoto International Woodprint Association Exhibition, Kyoto City Museum, Kyoto Japan2010 Little Wonder, John Erickson Museum of Art: Next Chapter and Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, U.K.2010-11 The White Show, Clarion University2009 Art in Academia National Juried Exhibition, Space 301, Mobile, AL Juror: Paul Richelson, Chief Curator, Mobile Museum of Art, AL2008 National Juried Competition, First Street Gallery, NY Juror: Gregory Amenoff, Columbia University 2008 United States Embassy Bulgaria, U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program2008 Southeastern Juried Exhibition, Mobile Museum of Art, AL Juror: Ron Platt, Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Birmingham Museum of Art. (Catalog)


2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, University of Florida, Scholarship Enhancement Grant, 2008 Artist Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, VT, 2008 Jacksonville International Airport, Public Art CommissionState of Florida, Department of Cultural Affairs, Artist Enhancement Grant


Honorable Mention, Southeast College Art Association 10th Annual National Juried Exhibition, West Virginia Cultural Center and State Capitol, WVA, Juror: Susan Isaacs, Curator, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, 2008 Artist Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, VT, 2006 Fellowship, Women Studio Workshop, NY


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