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Julie Rauer

Painter, Writer

Distilling science as a platform for invention, Julie Rauer creates metaphysical paintings and drawings, chamber pieces which investigate the nature of organic transformations. Through the apparatus of the metaphor, she manifests the chimerical potentialities of myriad scientific disciplines–entomology, marine biology, botany, mycology, human anatomy and physiology, archaeology, and astrophysics–Julie’s watercolor paintings construct complex, progressive analogies of structure, function, and behavior.

Surreal meditations on the persistent cross-pollination of organic commonalities–the fascination of an elegant Frankenstein evolved far beyond the simply monstrous–Julie’s work hinges on osmotic craft, the ability to transcend linear representation and expectation, to create compound imagery, whose genesis reflects the relentless uncertainty and rigorous experimentation necessary to evoke ever shifting intellectual landscapes of scientific processes.

Julie has both lectured and exhibited her paintings and drawings at various esteemed institutions, including: The American Museum of Natural History, the New York Public Library, US Artists American Fine Art Show in Philadelphia, the New York Entomological Society, Berwald Oriental Art in New York City, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Bridging art magazines and science journals, Julie Rauer’s work has been published by: American Artist Watercolor Magazine (in a twelve page feature article), Arts of Asia, Natural History Magazine, Art + Auction, and Art & Antiques.  Recognized by The National Science Foundation and The Journal Science, Julie was awarded the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science certificates for two consecutive years, for her paintings, Winter Worm, Summer Grass and Coleoptera Polis, a diptych, in both the 2007 and 2008 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.

Compensated endorsements include: STAEDTLER, the German manufacturer of fine writing and drawing instruments, Strathmore Artist Papers, and Yarka Watercolors.

In addition to her body of work as a painter, Julie, a graduate of The Cooper Union, was a Senior Graphic Designer in the book publishing industry for seventeen years, and has won numerous national awards for her eccentric art and children’s book designs. Also a well published writer, Julie has authored dozens of articles and essays on the confluence of art and science, has written many works of short fiction, and a novel, Dog Years.

Exhibitions, Awards & Lectures

NATURAL HISTORY MAGAZINE:

International   •  October 2009 issue

As featured in the Endpaper Department, the magazine published an original plate, the complemental male of Ibla Scalpellum, from my upcoming book, Barnacle Codex.

THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION and THE JOURNAL SCIENCE:

Washington, DC   •   September 2008

Awarded the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science certificate for my painting, Winter Worm, Summer Grass, which won a Semifinalist Honor—for the second consecutive year—in the 2008 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.  This competition recognizes outstanding achievements by scientists, engineers, visualization specialists, and artists who are innovators in the use of visual media to promote understanding of research results and scientific phenomena

STAEDTLER

Nuremberg, Germany   •   July 2008

Profiled by the venerable German company, STAEDTLER, manufacturers of fine writing and drawing instruments, in its 48 page company Newsletter, Issue no. 173, July 2008.  Accompanying their concise profile and portrait, STAEDTLER also published three pieces of my work—one painting and two drawings, utilizing Mars Lumograph pencils and watercolor.

USARTISTS: AMERICAN FINE ART SHOW:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  •  October 19-21, 2007

A significant group of my most recent paintings will be exhibited at the world’s largest show of American art, by private art dealer Richard Schillay, owner of Schillay Fine Art, Inc., the venerable New York City gallery.  Organized and chaired by the Women’s Board of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to benefit the Academy’s mission, this is their sixteenth annual exhibition encompassing more than fifty vetted galleries dealing in 18th-21st century American art

THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION and THE JOURNAL SCIENCE:

Washington, DC   •   September 2007

Awarded the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science certificate for my painting, Coleoptera Polis, a diptych, which won a Semifinalist Honor in the 2007 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.  This competition recognizes outstanding achievements by scientists, engineers, visualization specialists, and artists who are innovators in the use of visual media to promote understanding of research results and scientific phenomena.

BERWALD ORIENTAL ART:

New York, New York   •  December 7, 2006-February 28, 2007

Solo exhibition comprised of nineteen watercolor paintings and drawings at the esteemed Chinese antiquities gallery on 5 East 57th Street.  Entitled Chimera, the twice extended exhibition was accompanied by a full color catalogue, and the gallery’s offering of limited edition fine art prints of my paintings.  Four paintings from the exhibition were written up and published in: Arts of Asia Magazine, Art + AuctionThe Asian Art Newspaper, and Art & Antiques Magazine.  Concurrent on-line exhibitions of Chimera were published—and permanently archived—on Asianart.com, the on-line journal for Asian scholarship, and Scienceline.org, NYU’s graduate program site for science and environmental journalism

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY LECTURE for PRATT INSTITUTE:

New York, New York  •  November  2006

Return engagement one year after my original lecture and presentation of my work; asked to give a follow up lecture and exhibit new paintings and drawings—for a select group of Pratt Institute graduate students at the New York Public Library

NATIONAL GALLERY of ART:

Washington, DC   •   September 1, 2006

Invited to give the Keynote Address at the National Gallery of Art, presenting twenty-two of my watercolor paintings, eight drawings, and twenty-nine photographs of my studio and working specimens during a one hour lecture, Nature as a Platform for Invention: The Art of Julie Rauer, for the Howard County Public School System on the underlying concepts, inspiration, techniques, and artistic process utilized in the development and creation of my paintings.  Honored by the state of Maryland, which then based their next year’s art curriculum for seventy-five public schools on my work.

STRATHMORE ARTIST PAPERS:

Westfield, Massachusetts   •   Winter 2006

Selected by Strathmore Artist Papers to endorse their product, and honored with the publication of ten recent paintings—along with a five page feature article, Absence of Water, on the nature of my work and its Asian influences—on the company’s website in the Winter 2006 issue of the Strathmore Artist Newsletter 

AMERICAN ARTIST WATERCOLOR MAGAZINE:

International   •   Fall 2005 issue

Profiled in the international art magazine, which published nine of my ontological still life watercolor paintings in a twelve page feature article chronicling my work and career.  Published September 21, 2005

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY LECTURE for PRATT INSTITUTE:

New York, New York   •  Fall  2005

Asked to give lecture on both my art and writing careers—while presenting thirty paintings and drawings—to a select group of Pratt Institute graduate students at the New York Public Library

NEW YORK ENTOMOLOGY SOCIETY:

New York, New York  •  January 18, 2005

Invited to present all of my paintings, my complete body of work, to the Society, and gave a lecture on the nature and content of my paintings at the American Museum of Natural History

AMERICAN MUSEUM of NATURAL HISTORY:

New York, New York  •  November 2004-present

Working inside the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and also the Department of Entomology on a series of watercolor paintings elucidating the internal structures, sculptural forms, myriad textures, and metaphysical properties of insect life, using the museum’s extensive collection of arthropodal specimens

Published Articles & Essays

Organic Avatar: Teapot and Drinking Vessel Design Approach Nature from the East and West

Published May 2007 on Asianart.com, the on-line journal for Asian scholarship, for which I am the East Coast Correspondent.  Accompanied by an on-line exhibition of images, Yixing teapots and Qing dynasty vessels from the China Institute, and Swedish masterworks in silver from Scandinavia House

The Last Feast of Lady Dai

Published October 2006 on Asianart.com, the on-line journal for Asian scholarship, accompanied by an on-line exhibition of Han dynasty images from The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the China Institute, and Berwald Oriental Art

Klee’s Mandalas: How a Swiss Orientalist Mapped His Tibetan Cosmos

Published July 2006 on Asianart.com, the on-line journal for Asian scholarship, accompanied by an on-line exhibition of images from the Neue Galerie, the Dahesh Museum, and the Rubin Museum of Art

Gold and Alone: How Society Tarnished a Speed Skater’s Solo Gold

Published Summer 2006 as a feature article in Opportunity Journal, National Urban League’s flagship magazine

Fathomless Skin: On the Analogous Nature of Lacquer Technique and Arthropod Physiology

Published January 2006 on Asianart.com, the on-line journal for Asian scholarship, accompanied by an on-line exhibition of art and science images from the China Institute, Japan Society, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History

Through The Jalis: Europe’s Nineteenth Century Romance with Orientalism

Published September  2005 on Asianart.com, the on-line journal for Asian scholarship, accompanied by an on-line exhibition from the Dahesh Museum

Vintage Capitalist Amusements: Antique Board Games from The  New-York Historical Society’s Liman Collection

Published in the August 2005 issue of Inc. Magazine

Architecture of Fear: Philosophy and Engineering of the Han Dynasty Afterlife   •   Published March 2005 on Asianart.com, the on-line journal for Asian scholarship, accompanied by an on-line exhibition from the China Institute

Persistence of a Genetic Scar: Japanese Anime, Manga, and Otaku Culture Fill an Open National Wound

Published March 2005 on Asianart.com, the on-line journal for Asian scholarship, accompanied by an on-line exhibition in conjunction with the Japan Society

A Refined Obsession: The Artistry of Asian Games

Published March 2005 as a feature article in GAMES Magazine—accompanied by images from the Asia Society

Demons, Emperors, and Earthly Delights: A Collector’s Eccentric Passion for Indian Art

Published November 2004 on Asianart.com, the on-line journal for Asian scholarship

Talis, Nupur, and Padukas: A Collector’s Eccentric Passion for Indian Jewelry

Published November 2004 on Asianart.com, the on-line journal for Asian scholarship

Paradise Lost: Contemporary Pacific Art at the Asia Society

Published April 2004 on Asianart.com

DNA Dragnet: Genetic Profiling and Privacy in the Information Age

Published August 2003 as a feature article in Opportunity Journal, National Urban League’s flagship magazine

Education

The Cooper Union

New York, New York   •   BFA, Major in Graphic Design   •  1984-1986

The Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, Rhode Island   •  Major in Graphic Design  •  1982-1984