Julia Skinner is an artist, curator, and food historian living in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Skinner’s work heavily focuses on individual and collective identity and memory through a variety of mixed media approaches. Her work ranges from small-scale pieces on canvas to murals and other large-scale installation pieces. The focus of much of her recent work is on exploring and manipulating traditional artistic methods (such as papermaking, book arts, and calligraphy), and incorporating plants and other materials from her home in to her work.
Dr. Skinner’s work has been featured nationally and internationally, including Frammenti senza Tempo in Brindisi, book art exhibitions including several shows with the Center for the Book. Her original artwork, as well as her first published food history book (Modernizing Markham, 2012, Candle Light Press) are held in several collections in the United States. She has also been in several shows that explore the intersection of one’s professional life as an artist and within another vocation (e.g. as a librarian), which is appropriate given that her work draws heavily upon her diverse background in academia, cultural heritage, hospitality, food studies, public transit, and more. These shows include N7433 (PIQUE Art Space; Covington, KY) and Bibliothecarii et Glutinatores (Abecedarian; Denver, CO). She has won awards including several project stipends from the Center for the Book, as well as awards for her work as a researcher and cultural heritage professional.