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Meet Julie Tolentino, 2021-2022 Dean's Scholar in Residence

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Julie Tolentino

Julie Tolentino (she/they interchangeably) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work draws from a variety of visual, archival, and movement strategies. Her performance installation works include SKY REMAINS THE SAMERaised By WolvesREPEATER, and SLIPPING INTO DARKNESS – Day & Night. In 2008, Tolentino built and developed Feral House Studio in the Mojave Desert where she hosts one-to-one artist and writing residencies.

Tolentino has served as a visiting assistant professor in UCLA’s first cross-school performance-making class, “Opening to the Radical Body,” and has been a guest artist and lecturer at BARD Curatorial, NYU Performance Studies, Cal Arts, and The New School. She They received a 2020 Queer Art Sustained Achievement Award and a 2019 Foundation for Contemporary Art in Performance grant.

“Julie has been a dynamic addition to the department,” says Nancy Deihl, chair of the Department of Art and Art Professions. Since arriving on campus in the fall, Tolentino has been a guest speaker in several classes, meeting with undergraduate students and addressing her interdisciplinary practice. One-on-one studio visits – both in-person and virtually – with MFA students have been particularly rewarding. This year Julie Tolentino’s practice has been recognized with two outstanding honors: a grant from Anonymous Was A Woman and inclusion in the Whitney Biennial, the longest-running survey of American art. The Whitney exhibition, Quiet as It's Kept, is open to the public through September 5, 2022.


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