BAC Community Spotlight: Julie S Graham

May 2018

Julie S Graham, BAC Board Member and 2018 Berliner Award Recipient

 

How did you arrive at the Brookline Arts Center?

Many years ago my son attended classes at the BAC, so I have been familiar with the center and its mission for a long time. I also have friends who have been affiliated with the BAC, so a few years ago I was thrilled to become a member of the board.

 

Tell us about your background. How did you become interested in art?

As a child I always loved to draw. I remember my first visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York as being overwhelming, in the best possible way. The moment I took my first art course in college, I was hooked, and never looked back. I have been a professional working artist ever since, in addition to teaching at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts @ Tufts University.

 

What passions do you bring to the BAC community?

In addition to my passion for making and viewing art, I firmly believe in the power and importance of art education. Whether or not one becomes an artist, the skills developed in the process of making things are exponential.

 

What was your favorite childhood art project?

I don’t know why, but a project I particularly remember is a huge poster for a science project in which I made a diagram/drawing of the common house fly. The title of the project was “Public Enemy No. 1.” Who knew?

 

Who are some of your art heroes?

Antoni Tapies, Franz Kline, Rembrandt, Robert Motherwell, among many, many others.

 

We are thrilled to honor Julie with the Berliner Award this month at ART Off The Wall in recognition of her deep commitment to our mission. The Berliner Award, named after BAC founders Mim and Barney Berliner, serves to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to art and our community and their embodiment of our founders' vision. Learn more about Julie's work: https://www.juliesgraham.com/.