Nov 15, 2024 – Mar 3, 2025


Julie Alpert will create an exuberant site-specific installation using ordinary arts and crafts supplies, hardware store materials, and modified household objects. In a single three-dimensional scene akin to a stage set, she subconsciously explores things like her 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. Her 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.

About the Artist

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.

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