JulieAlpert ahhaOK Sticker Book Install 1

Julie Alpert

Hearts on Fire; Rainbow Grin; Baby Cloud Thinks She Has 18 Eyes, 2021-2022

Acrylic And Collage On Paper

84 x 96 inches and 96 x 96 inches

Presented by J. Rinehart Gallery

“I make exuberant site-specific installations using ordinary arts and crafts supplies, hardware store materials, and modified household objects. In a single three-dimensional scene akin to a stage set, I subconsciously explore things like my 1980s suburban Maryland girlhood, the comfort and monotony of routine, the distance between our realities and expectations, and the nostalgia we imbue our collectibles with. My intention is to spark delight, curiosity and wonder, feelings that come naturally to us as children, but ones we have to work hard to cultivate as adults. In between labor-intensive installations I use a stream-of-consciousness process to make lots of drawings and collages. These smaller pieces enable me to work out color, texture and shape that I eventually bring into the large-scale work. Coloring, cutting and gluing is my favorite way to connect with the world and to myself.”

Julie Alpert is a Seattle-based artist who makes colorful site-specific installations and works on paper. She earned a BA from the University of Maryland and an MFA from the University of Washington, both in painting and drawing. She has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Artist Trust, and Oklahoma Visual Art Coalition and has participated in artist residencies all across the US including two MacDowell fellowships, Roswell Artist in Residence Program, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, VCCA, and I-Park Foundation. Her work is in the collections of the Anderson Museum, Facebook Seattle, Ledger Bentonville, Seattle Public Utilities, King County, and the Washington State Art Collection. She has a site-specific installation opening at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in November 2024, and a major public art commission opening at SeaTac Airport in June 2025. She is married to the artist Andy Arkley and they have three cats: Coconut, Koala, and Baby Cloud. Julie is represented by J. Rinehart Gallery in Seattle.

Image: Installation view of Julie Alpert’s Sticker Book at Ahha Tulsa, August 5 through November 20, 2022.