M.F.A., Painting; Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA


"I grew up in the West, so I am inclined towards mighty spaces. Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt’s grand landscapes make perfect sense to me. Our family’s version of a cheap vacation was camping in gorgeous National Parks such as Yosemite and Lassen. Like Cole, the places we visited got us as close to god as we could possibly imagine being. At the same time, they represented what we had lost. 

My recent work is focused on making sense of the world around me after calamities such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. We are slowly making our world unlivable, and I want to bring to the surface the destructive action, waste, and contamination that is generally invisible to us.  I need to imagine another way, to outfit myself with signs and banners that speak louder than I can, to envision how we might remake the world as it is slowly falling apart.

I have always been up for a good journey and that is what painting offers me.  Like the game Chutes and Ladders, the basic thrust of which – flying down slides and plodding up pathways – I always loved as a kid, my work allows the eye to meander through spaces, across rivers, get lost in thickets, singed by forest fires, pass by warning signs and under control towers that speak, in smoke signals, to our great distress."



2016 World Without End, Hillman-Jackson Gallery, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA
2015 Julie Heffernan: Pre-Occupations, Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA
2014 New Paintings, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany
2013 Sky is Falling, The Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA traveling to the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
  P·P·O·W Gallery, New York, NY
  A Selection of Works by Julie Heffernan, Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 Julie Heffernan: Infinite Work in Progress, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK
  Sky's Falling, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Boy, O Boy II, Catherine Clark Gallery, New York, NY
  Broken Homes, Megumi Ogita Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  Holding Up, University Art Gallery, California State University, Stanislaus, CA
2010 Boy, O Boy, P·P·O·W Gallery, New York, NY
2009 What Holds Up, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Broken Homes, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA
  Megumi Ogita, Tokyo, Japan
  Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2007 Booty, P·P·O·W Gallery, New York, NY
  Kendall Gallery, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI
2006 Everything That Rises, University Art Museum, University at Albany, Albany, NY
  Traveled to: Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina,
Greensboro, NC; Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
  Heaven and Hell, P·P·O·W Gallery, New York, NY
  Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005 Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2004 Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
  Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
  John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
  Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
  Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
  Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003 P·P·O·W Gallery, New York, NY
  Herter Art Gallery, U. Mass, Amherst, MA
  Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, NY
2002 Linda Durham Gallery, Galisteo, NM
  The Divine Fruit, curated by Deanna Bland, Fairmount, WV; catalogue
2001 Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
  P·P·O·W and Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, NY; catalogue
2000 Kwangju Biennale, curated by Tom Finklepearl, Kwangju, Korea