Wheaton Conversations: Anna Mlasowsky & Jessica Julius

Wheaton Conversations: 
Anna Mlasowsky & Jessica Julius

Watch the May 26, 2022 recording above

This event is part of “Wheaton Conversations,” a new virtual series highlighting select artists with ties to WheatonArts! To see the full schedule of conversations, Click HereThank you to our sponsors, PNC Arts Alive! and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.

Headshot of Anna Mlasowsky seated on a window ledge. Anna wears a red blazer and white collared top and black pants.

Born in 1984 in East Germany, Anna Mlasowsky holds a BA in Glass from the Royal Danish Academy and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington. Anna received an Artist Trust Fellowship in 2017, was one of the Emerging Voices in Craft Shortlist Award recipients, and was awarded an Emerging Artist residency at Centrum Foundation. Anna is included in the museum collections of The Corning Museum of Glass, The Toyama City Museum, and the Castello Sforzesco in Milan. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Art and Design, The European Museum for Contemporary Glass, The Northwest Museum of Art, The Bellevue Arts Museum, the Tacoma Museum of Glass, and the Stockholm Architecture Museum.

Her work has been featured in American Craft, the Shanghai Museum of Art Magazine, PBS Discovery Channel Canada, and Half Cut Tea. In 2018 she received the Aldo Bellini Award, the John and Joyce Price Award of Excellence, and she was a Museum of Art and Design Burk Prize finalist. She was the Windgate Visiting Artist at SUNY Purchase College in the Spring of 2019 and is a Haas-Short Term Fellow at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia in 2021/22.

Jessica Julius poses for a headshot in the middle of a hanging display of black orbs. Jessica wears a black sweater, darks pants, and a black and white stripe scarf.

Jessica Jane Julius is an interdisciplinary artist who uses glass and mixed media to create works that embody notions of interconnectedness, perception, and materiality while examining how fear is infiltrating the way in which we navigate the world, interpersonal relationships, and welcoming risk into our lives. With a desire to create order, balance, and unity she attempts to create a new syntax of visual and experiential works. She believes that her gift of dyslexia gives her the ability to see the space in-between, to discover the undetected, and to connect the invisible attempting to show us that there is order in disorder and unity in diversity.

Julius has been dedicated for 20+ years to the arts as an artist, educator, collaborator, and performer. She is currently the Program Head of Glass, Associate Professor at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, and the President of the Glass Art Society. She is the co-founder of the artists collective and performance group The Burnt Asphalt Family which produces collaborative participatory works. They have performed at prestigious venues across the country including The Corning Museum of Glass, The Chrysler Museum, and Urban Glass. Her mixed media works have been exhibited widely, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Traver Gallery, Heller Gallery, and the Museum of American Glass, NJ. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, Glass Quarterly Magazine, and New Glass Review and she is the recipient of the York Cultural Alliance grant and awarded residencies at The Creative Glass Center of America and the Museum of Glass. She earned her BFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture and MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Currently, she lives in Philadelphia with her partner and son.

Bio & headshot from jessicajjulius.com