About Julie M. Gratien

Artist's Biography

My mom claims that I came out of the womb motivated to create. As a young child, she could barely keep up with buying me craft kits. My first art class was in high school. I was very fortunate to have an art teacher that believed in me. After high school, I attended Syracuse University and fell in love with color and everything it offers. I exhibited as an artist for 10 years and then returned to Syracuse University to complete my master’s degree in art education. My 20+ years as an art educator has enabled me to learn so much from my students and mutually share the joy of creating. I continue to explore color as I focus on paper collage, painting on tiles, and developing ceramic relief tiles, always striving to bring innovation to traditional art making.

Awards & Honors
 

1st Place - Purple Hibiscus Collage 
Onondaga Art Guild Spring Show and Sale
May 4, 2019

Honorable Mention - Chinese Hibiscus Relief Tile
CNY Art Guild Spring Show and Sale
March 30, 2019

1st Place - Fuschia Family 

New York State Art Teacher's Association Members Show
Conference October 28, 2018

4th Place - Geraniums and Friends
CNY Art Guild Fall Show and Sale
October 14, 2018

People's Choice Award - Garden Impressions
CNY Art Guild Spring Show and Sale

April 15, 2018

Honorable Mention - Garden Impressions
CNY Art Guild Spring Show and Sale
April 14, 2018

2nd Place - Garden collage

New York State Art Teacher's Association Members Show
Conference November 20, 2017

Honorable Mention - Standing Tall
Associated Artists Juried Show
September 2017