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In my work I examine our current “culture of fear”. Exploring how fear is infiltrating the ways in which we navigate the world, interpersonal relationships, and how we welcome risk into our lives. A day after the destruction of the World Trade Center, David Rieff wrote in an article in the Los Angeles Times that the ‘next big thing’ would not be ‘some new technological innovation or medical breakthrough’ but ‘is likely to be fear.’ It is crucial that our society evaluates how and where fear is manifested and cultivated, and how we - as individuals and a society- are navigating it.
Bio- Jessica Jane Julius has been dedicated for 15+ years to the arts as an artist, educator, collaborator, and performer. She has a history of exhibiting large scale installations, objects, and imagery that reflect on the current "culture of fear" in our society, making work that evaluates where fear is manifested and cultivated. She is the co-founder artists’ collective and performance group The Burnt Asphalt Family who 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. Her mixed media works have been exhibited nationally including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of American Glass, NJ, and Pilchuck Gallery in Seattle, Washington. Her work has been selected numerous time for publication in New Glass Review and she has been awarded residencies at The Creative Glass Center of America in Millville, New Jersey, and The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington. She 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. She earned her BFA in Glass at Tyler School of Art and MFA in Glass at Rochester Institute of Technology. Currently she is an Assistant Professor in Glass at Tyler School of Art, Temple University and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and son.