I paint large-scale narrative paintings that deal with issues like environmental degradation, climate change and evolving notions of the self. Forty years ago, I started using a process in my work called image streaming that gave me a way to use some of that vast wealth of mental imagery within a mind to tell non-linear visual stories.
Julie Heffernan is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery (San Francisco). She has had solo exhibitions throughout the United States, Japan, and Europe, including at PPOW, 2018; and a traveling museum show When the Water Rises (LSU Museum of Art, Menello Museum, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, among others) through 2019. She has participated in numerous international shows: Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen; Me Museum, Berlin; and the Palazzo Reale, Milan, among others.
Heffernan has received numerous awards, including the NEA, NYFA, Fullbright, PS1 Artist-in-Residence Grant, MacDowell Fellowship and BAU Institute Fellowship. Her work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Art in America, ArtForum and The New Yorker, among others; and is in numerous museums including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Me Museum, PAFA and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond, VA. She is a Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University.