York College artist-in-residence, William Penn grad to present installation at Marketview Arts
York College artist-in-residence and William Penn High School graduate Jessica Jane Julius will present an installation titled “What are you afraid of?” in Marketview Arts (37 W. Philadelphia St., York) from Dec. 7 through Jan. 19. A First Friday Sneak Preview will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 7, and the opening reception and meet the artist are scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 8. The installation and all events are open to the public free of charge.
Politicians, activists, and scholars often refer to a “culture of fear.” Fear of terrorism, fear of pollution or disease, fear of different views or lifestyle; these real or imagined threats cause anxiety in today’s world. Julius’s community-based installation will examine the culture of fear through the lens of visual and performing arts offering a new perspective into how fear pervades every aspect of how people relate to and interpret the world around them. During the run of the exhibition, Julius will encourage current York City students participating in the project to analyze their fears, understand their origin, and take power over them.
An assistant professor in glass at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Julius has been dedicated for more than 15 years to the arts as an artist, educator, collaborator, and performer. 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 Studio at Corning Museum of Glass, The Chrysler Museum, and Urban Glass.
Julius’s mixed media works have been exhibited nationally, including at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Museum of American Glass, NJ; and Pilchuck Gallery in Seattle. Her work has been selected numerous times for publication in New Glass Review, and she has been awarded residencies at The Creative Glass Center of America in Millville, N.J., and The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Wash.
Julius is on the board of the Glass Arts Society and was recently appointed to the Executive Committee as the vice president. In the past, she served as Interim Program Head of Glass at Tyler School of Art and University of the Arts, and has also taught at RIT, Pilchuck Glass School, Urban Glass, and The Studio at Corning Museum of Glass.