Art & Art History

Julie Wills

Assistant Professor of Art


Julie Wills is an interdisciplinary artist working in the expanded field of sculpture, including installation, collage works on paper, performance, video and site-specific practices. 

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<em>Asphodel (which thread to pull to untangle the stars?)</em>, 2016Asphodel (which thread to pull to untangle the stars?), 2016

My work explores desire and its constraints: the harsh meeting of what is longed for and what is permissible or possible within the confines of social or cultural expectation.

Selection of materials is a primary consideration across my interdisciplinary practice. I choose materials for their metaphoric or associative meanings; matchsticks, for example, suggest a continuum from latent potential to residue. Other materials, such as hair, feathers, fur and eggshells reference and conflate the human and animal bodies.  I use these overlaps to address the use, utility and pleasures of the body, particularly in terms of gender.

A current series of collage works on paper pairs traditional drawing materials with the nontraditional materials found in my sculptural works and incorporates a longstanding interest in poetic language.

Zodiac (book of hours), 2016Zodiac (book of hours), 2016


<em>Love Medicine</em>, 2016Love Medicine, 2016


MFA, University of Colorado, 2005
MA, Art Criticism, University of Montana, 2001
BFA, University of Montana, 1998


ART251 Visual and Critical Thinking
ART261 Intermedia_D (Drawing)
ART281 Intermedia_S (Sculpture)
ART291 Intermedia_VNM (Video & New Media)
ART340 Photo Intensive
ART370 Advanced Studio_S
ART392 Junior Seminar: Contemporary Practices
ART491 & 492 Studio Art Senior Seminar
FYS101 Experiments in Wonder

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