Julia Whitney Barnes is a Brooklyn-based, mixed media artist who has spent the last dozen years making indoor and outdoor works related to the natural world. Barnes was born in Newbury, Vermont and grew up in several New England towns. She earned an MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York and a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design. Barnes has created site-specific works for the New York City Department of Transportation (New York, NY); Front Room Gallery (Brooklyn, NY); Brooklyn Historical Society (Brooklyn, NY); St. Marks Aliance: arts@ renaissance (Brooklyn, NY); Mulry Fine Art (West Palm Beach, FL); FIGMENT Sculpture Garden (Governors Island, NY); Gowanus Canal mural (Brooklyn, NY); Empire Fulton Ferry State Park (Brooklyn, NY); Artbridge (New York, NY); Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Smithsonian Affiliate (Solomons, MD); and exhibited at many galleries in America as well as abroad. Barnes is a member of an all-female art collective, tART, and was awarded an Abbey Mural Fellowship from the National Academy of Fine Art in 2010.

Barnes has been selected for a SPARC residency at Sirovich Senior Center. During her SPARC residency, Barnes is leading workshops focusing on the intersection of painting and ceramics using clay and glazing techniques as well as creating a site-specific collaborative installation of mosaics in 6 balcony windows at the Sirovitch Senior Center.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist