With an unpredictable composition or an odd perspective, Julie Flanagan places visual treasures in her camera's view-finder that are rarely noticed by the passerby. With astute sensitivity, she distills them to unveil a beauty in the mundane, an unforeseen alchemy or a subtly nuanced resilience. Her signature filtering techniques along with inventive uses of digital tools enable her to create art that reflects an edgy and innovative interpretation of the traditional philosophies behind the post impressionist, the baroque and even post-modern styles.
Using the momentum of a long, illustrious art education career combined with the fresh perspective from her extending stays in the Washington DC area, Julie has jumpstarted her new art career.
In Kansas City she hosted her own solo show at the prestigious Kansas City Artists Coalition, showing over 24 pieces in their Gallery Underground. Her one-night show at the "Studio Above" in the Kansas City Crossroads sold 2/3s of the collection. She received 2nd place in a juried show at "The Arts Center" gallery in Overland park KS and has been juried onto many other shows.
In Alexandria VA, she's earned the status of permanent exhibitor at the prestigious Art league Gallery. Her art is often accepted into their monthly juried exhibits as well, chosen over 500-700 submitters. Her work was accepted to into the nationally juried show, "This is America" at the Crystal City Gallery Underground. and the Durant Arts Center. Her art was among the three pieces that sold.
Flanagan has obtained a variety of experiences that enhance her artistic outlook. As a former Kansas University artist and athlete and a Kansas City creative, she's hosted over 24 monthly TV arts and crafts segments on CBS's KCTV5's Better Kansas City Show.
In 2004, she founded "ARTrageous Creative Studio" where she taught art to over 2300 loyal Kansas City families. She earned a second degree in Art Education from Avila University in 1998 while achieving "Master Teacher" status at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, focusing on underserved pre-teens for 28 years.
She also taught 15 years at Nativity Parish Grade School, Leawood KS and many workshops for homeless families at ReachKCK, ReStart and IHN. As current co-chair of Prairie Village Arts Council, she's curated and hosted countless juried exhibits and openings.
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