Julie Warren Conn grew up in Knoxville, TN, surrounded by the contemporary original art that her parents collected. Her father, who owned a concrete products company and designed/built two homes for their family, was supportive and influential in her life and career.
Julie took her first sculpture class in college and in 1965 received the first Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree awarded in Sculpture from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After college, Julie began working creating welded steel sculptures and had her first exhibition of welded metal sculptures at the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga.
In 1976, she began carving stone, working with stones from all over the world. She begins carving with no preconceived form, permitting the stone to lead her. If working with slab stock, she draws the shapes on the stone and sometimes cross hatches the cutouts to create visual volume.
Having moved from Tennessee to Oregon and now to Kentucky, Julie has continued to be inspired by the vast beauty of our country. She states, “It remains my intent to produce works which celebrate the splendor of our world, invite viewer participation and evoke a sense of joy.”
Julie’s work is in the collections of the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga, the Hirshorn Museum in Washington D.C. and the Knoxville Museum of Art.
Works by Julie Warren Conn can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.