- MFA, integrated electronic arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2005
- MFA, electronic music and recording media, Mills College, Oakland, CA, 2003
- BA, integrated arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2000
Julia Christensen is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores systems of technology, consumerism, landscape, and obsolescence. Her work has exhibited internationally, at venues such as Eyebeam (NYC, NY), Ronald Feldman Fine Arts (NYC, NY), 21C Museum (Louisville, KY), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), Carnegie Museum of Fine Arts (Pittsburgh, PA), and internationally in Finland, France, Greece, and beyond. Christensen is a 2017-2018 fellow at the LACMA Art + Tech Lab in Los Angeles. Her work has been supported by a Creative Capital fellowship (Emerging Fields, 2013), Ohio Individual Excellence fellowship (2015), New York State Council on the Arts (2007), Turbulence commission (2008), and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Studio, and the Experimental Television Center.
Christensen is the author of Big Box Reuse, published by the MIT Press in 2008. Her writing has been published in magazines such as Cabinet, Orion, Print, and Slate. Her work has been written about in The New York Times, Art in America, Bomb Magazine, The Washington Post, Bookforum, The New York Review of Books, and Dwell Magazine, among many other publications. Christensen’s work has been included several books, including Younger Than Jesus Artist Directory (Phaidon/New Museum), It’s the Political Economy, Stupid (by Gregory Sholette and Oliver Ressler, Pluto Press), and Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes (DAP/Walker Art Center), as well as in a number of books written by architects, designers, and curators. She has appeared as a guest on numerous radio shows including “All Things Considered” (NPR), “On Point with Tom Ashbrook” (NPR), and “Marketplace” (CBC).
Christensen is also an active musician in the worlds of new and experimental music. She is the founder and director of WAM!: Women and Art Music Ensemble at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. WAM is a group of women performers playing experimental music by women composers. The group has commissioned works by and performed with composers such as Miya Masaoka, Pauline Oliveros, and Bevin Kelley.
Christensen is associate professor of integrated media in the studio art department at Oberlin College, where she has additionally served on the faculties of environmental studies and TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts). From 2007 to 2011, she held the position of Henry Luce visiting Assistant Professor of the Emerging Arts, a joint appointment between Oberlin College and Conservatory. Before coming to Oberlin, she taught at Stanford University, Pratt Institute, California College of the Arts, and other colleges. She has been an invited speaker and critic at dozens of colleges and universities, including Georgia Tech, Yale University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the San Francisco Art Institute.
Julia Christensen Featured in LACMA Video and BlogMay 3, 2019
Associate Professor of Integrated Media Julia Christensen's project, Upgrade Available, with the LACMA Art + Technology Lab and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was featured in this video. Christensen's work to envision artwork for a long-term, interstellar space mission was also highlighted in the LACMA blog, Unframed.
Julia Christensen Featured for Gallery ShowFebruary 9, 2018
Julia Christensen Publishes Two ArticlesJuly 20, 2016
Associate Professor of Integrated Media Julia Christensen has published two articles on Hyperallergic: “During the RNC, Two Art Projects Amplify the Voices of Ohio’s Citizens” and “Before Protesting at the Republican National Convention, Learn to Protect your Phone.” Both articles discuss artwork on view in Cleveland throughout the Republican National Convention.
Julia Christensen Gives TalkFebruary 9, 2016
Assistant Professor of Integrated Media Art Julia Christensen gave a public talk about her work Upgrade Available on February 5 at Harvestworks in New York City.
Julia Christensen Presents Upgrade AvailableOctober 15, 2015
Assistant Professor of Integrated Media Art Julia Christensen presented on Upgrade Available, a body of work that explores our cultural relationships with obsolete electronic material, at the 2015 Creative Capital Retreat this summer. The presentation is now available to view online.
Julia Christensen Awarded MacDowell FellowshipJune 8, 2015
Assistant Professor of Integrated Media Art Julia Christensen has been awarded a MacDowell Fellowship for Fall 2015. According to Christensen, MacDowell selects just 270 fellows out of the approximate 2,800 applications it receives every year.
As a MacDowell fellow, Christensen will complete a residency at MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the oldest and most revered artist colony in the nation. She will be working on her piece The Big Feed, which is part of her Creative Capital-supported work about our cultural relationships with discarded electronics.