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CURRENT: Hi there! I am Julia, and I'm passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). I value (and strive to model) empathy, advocacy, kindness, and an ethical sensibility in everything that I do.

I hold a certificate as a Senior Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP), and have over 15 years of experience in people management, contemporary art project management (exhibitions, new commissions, outdoor sculpture, & architecture projects), arts administration, curation, and registration, as well as a broad background in editing, writing, and art book publication / production.

Currently I am the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of VERGE, an agency for people & culture. Please get in touch with us if you're interested in learning more.

RECENT PAST: From 2019–2023 I served as the Managing Director at David Kordansky Gallery, a people & culture position based in Los Angeles. I oversaw human resources across multiple sites, guiding the employee life cycle from hiring, onboarding, and benefits to performance reviews, promotions, staff engagement, and departures. I was a people manager in support of the operations, administration, and exhibitions teams in Los Angeles. I was also a member of the executive leadership team, engaged with strategy and policy in order to achieve the owner's artist-centric vision.

Prior to my time in Los Angeles, I worked from 2014–2019 in multiple capacities for The Contemporary Austin, a dual-site contemporary art museum with a downtown kunsthalle exhibition space and a west Austin fourteen-acre sculpture park. There, as the Associate Curator, I organized the exhibitions Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin: Paper Dance (2019), Huma Bhabha: Other Forms of Life (2018), Jessica Stockholder: Relational Aesthetics, (2018), and Lise Haller Baggesen: Mothernism (2016), all at The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, as well as outdoor projects with Bhabha, Stockholder, and Baggesen at The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria.

PAST / PUBLICATIONS: I also have many years of experience in art book publication, and am passionate about the entire process of creating, researching, producing, editing, and printing books for and by contemporary artists. (It is of course related that my formative years were spent in an independent bookstore—Best Books First in East Liverpool, Ohio—run by my parents for eight years.)

Before moving to Austin I served as the Registrar and Publications Director at the Chicago gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey, where I edited and managed the production of over 35 exhibition catalogs, booklets, and albums.

For The Contemporary Austin I edited the catalogues Rodney McMillian: History is Present Tense (2018, co-published with Radius Books, Santa Fe); Garth Weiser: Paintings, 2008–2017 (2017); Strange Pilgrims (2015, co-published with The University of Texas Press); and The Sorcerer's Burden: Contemporary Art and the Anthropological Turn, a catalogue for a group exhibition organized by Heather Pesanti (2019, co-published with Radius Books).

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