JULIA COCUZZA - PAINTER, MURALIST, DESIGNER, TEACHER

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ABOUT  CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

 

Brooklyn College, City University of New York, Brooklyn, NY; Class of 2011
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A., Painting/Drawing), 3.9/4 GPA, Secretary of Graduate Art Student Union; coursework at CUNY Grad Center (History of Public Art)

 

Syracuse University, College of Visual & Performing Arts, Syracuse, NY; Class of 2003

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A., lllustration), 3.6/4 GPA, Spring 2002 Semester Abroad in Florence, Italy, Hip-Hop Music Director of WERW University Radio Station

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (2007-2009), Interactive Media + Entrepreneurship
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY (2004), Professional Practices + Intellectual Property

APPRENTICESHIPS, AWARDS + STUDIO RESIDENCIES

 

The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, NY (resident studio artist, 2012-15)
Wassaic Artist Residency, Wassaic, NY (Wassaic Art Project, 1-month artist residency, Feb 2014)
City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Apprenticeship, Philadelphia, PA (Mural Training Program, 6-week intensive course and 2-year apprenticeship, 2012-14)
Horlick Award, Brooklyn College Graduate Art Program, Brooklyn NY (2010)
First Place, Centre Park Historic District Emerging Artist Exhibition, Reading, PA (2009)
Prairie Center for the Arts Residency, Peoria, IL (4-week artist residency + exhibition, Fall 2008)

Greater Reading Area Literary Festival Honorarium, Alvernia University, Reading, PA (2008)

MURALS + PUBLIC ART PROJECTS (SOLO/LEAD/CO-LEAD)

2019:

NYC Mural Art Project + NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene, "Feeling All Four Seasons, Bridging All Four Seasons" at PS 24, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY

Groundswell NYC, "Welcome to the World of PS 516" at PS 516, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY

Sing For Hope 2019 Piano Project, "Red Thought Cluster" at TriBeCa Park, NYC (June 2019)

2018:
Groundswell NYC + Dept of Correction, "The Flow of Time" at RMSC, Rikers Island, NY (w/ incarcerated youth, ages 17-20)
Groundswell NYC + Dept of Correction, "Coming Home This Summer" at EMTC, Rikers Island, NY (w/ incarcerated youth, ages 16-21)

Groundswell NYC + Dept of Correction, "The World is Yours" at EMTC, Rikers Island, NY (w/ incarcerated youth, ages 16-21)
Groundswell NYC + PS 58x, "We Are the Bronx Lions!" at PS 58x, Tremont, Bronx, NY (fourth and fifth graders)

STEAM Mural Project + PS 9, "WAKE UP!" at PS 9, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Sing For Hope 2018 Piano Project, "Heat from the Palms of my Hands (Hot Hands)" at TriBeCa Park, NYC (June 2018) and PS 147, Brooklyn (Fall 2018)

2017:

Groundswell NYC + Dept of Correction, "The Path From Knowledge to Freedom" at GMDC, Rikers Island, NY (w/ incarcerated youth, ages 16-21)

Groundswell NYC, BID, PS 102 + Dept of Transportation, Pedestrian Safety Banner Project, Brooklyn, NY (w/ fifth graders)

Groundswell NYC + Dept of Correction, "The Walk To Freedom" at GMDC, Rikers Island, NY (w/ incarcerated youth, ages 16-21)

Groundswell NYC, "Ridgewood is My Place!" at PS 305, Ridgewood, Queens, NY (co-lead w/ Mason Eve Sills; fifth and sixth graders)

Thrive Collective, "Breathe Free, NYC" at Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists, Hunts Point, Bronx, NY (high school, ninth thru twelfth grade)

Groundswell NYC + SCO, "The Chains, The Maze, The Mountain Top" at GMDC, Rikers Island, NY (co-lead w/ Jess Poplowski; incarcerated youth, ages 16-21)

FAB Art Walk, "Year of the Rooster" at Greene Grape Annex, Brooklyn, NY

2016: 

Centre-Fuge Public Art Project, "Memorex Memory" at East 1st Street at 1st Ave, New York, NY

SONYA Art Walk, "Provisions" at Green Grape Provisions, 767 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY

Groundswell NYC + Year Up New York, "Kaledoscopic Bridges" at Year Up NY, 85 Broad Street, New York, NY (w/ Chris Soria and Year Up youth)

MURALS (ASSISTANT)

2019:

Mural Arts Philadelphia, Eagles Paint Day 2019 at Allen M Stearne School, Philadelphia, PA (Lead Artist: David McShane)

2018:

Mural Arts Philadelphia, Eagles Paint Day 2018 at Hackett Horiatio Elementary, Philadelphia, PA (Lead Artist: David McShane)

2017:
Groundswell NYC, "Al Mal Tiempo, Bueno Cara - Stay Strong” at RMSC, Rikers Island, NY (Lead Artist: Christopher Cardinale)

Mural Arts Philadelphia, Eagles Paint Day 2017 at Lewis Elkins Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA (Lead Artist: David McShane)

2016: 

Groundswell NYC, "The Next Step" at Frederick Douglas Academy V, 2111 Crotona Ave, Bronx, NY (Lead Artist: Vince Ballentine)

Groundswell NYC, "Not One More Death" Mural Restoration, 3rd Ave + Butler Street, Brooklyn, NY (Lead Artist: Christopher Cardinale)

MURAL Festival, "Chrome Dance" at St. Laurent + Rue Napoleon, Montreal, Canada (Lead Artist: Bik Ismo)

Mural Arts Philadelphia, Eagles Paint Day 2016 at Hamilton Disston School, Philadelphia, PA (Lead Artist: David McShane)
2015: 

Social Innovation Week, 201 Mulberry Street, NYC (Lead Artist: Ellie Balk)
Art Gowanus/Old Stone House + Washington Park: Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn, NY (Lead Artists: Julia Whitney Barnes + Ruth Hofheimer)
Mural Arts Philadelphia, "The Phillies Mural" at Walnut & 24th Street, Philadelphia, PA (Lead Artist: David McShane)
Mural Arts Philadelphia, Eagles Paint Day 2015 at Gilbert Spruance Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA  (Lead Artist: David McShane)
2014: 

Mural Arts Philadelphia, Eagles Paint Day 2014 at Prince Hall Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA (Lead Artist: David McShane)
2013: 

Mural Arts Philadelphia, Eagles Paint Day 2013 at WD Kelley Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA (Lead Artist: David McShane)
Groundswell NYC, Summer Leadership Institute, Atlantic Ave Underpass, Brooklyn, NY (Lead Artist: Esteban del Valle)
2012: 

Mural Arts Philadelphia, Eagles Paint Day, Comegys Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA (Lead Artist: David McShane)
Mural Arts Philadelphia, Frankford Historic Community Series, Philadelphia, PA (Lead Artist: Cesar Viveros

SELECTED EXHIBITION HISTORY

2019:

"Between Us" Groundswell Studio, Brooklyn, NY

"Under Pressure" Printmaking Faculty Exhibition, Project Space at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

2017:

"HEAR/HERE" Groundswell Studio, Brooklyn, NY

2014:

“Psyched” HaberSpace Gallery at Central Booking NYC, New York NY
“HIVE” The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, NY

2013:

“Smoldering Skylines” Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
New Arts Program Invitational of Small Works, NAP Gallery, Kutztown, PA
Runner-Up Invitational, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Work/Space” Exhibition and Open Studios, The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, NY
2012:   
People’s Choice Juried Exhibition, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Thomas Eakins House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Billboard Art Project, Albany, NY
“GO: a Community-Curated Open Studio Project” by Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
“Work/Space” Exhibition and Open Studios, The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, NY
“Her Love Made Visible,” Arts East New York, Brooklyn, NY
2011:
“AUTO-REVERSE” Art 101 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Memory Palace” Brooklyn College Thesis Exhibition, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
“Global Art Projects International Artists at Home & Abroad,” Broadway Gallery, NYC
City University of New York New Music Festival Exhibition, Baruch College Gallery, NYC
CAA NY-Area MFA Exhibition, Hunter College Times Square Gallery, NYC
“Introductions,” Brooklyn Artists Gym Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010:
Selected Works, Brooklyn College Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Brooklyn, NY
Metro Arts Expo, Rose Live, Brooklyn, NY
“From Uptown Reading & Downtown Brooklyn” Sisters’ Gallery, Adamstown, PA
2009:
“Learning Curve” Marion Spore Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Emerging Artist Juried Exhibition Centre Park Historic District, Reading, PA
August Group Exhibition, The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Art on Record, Vol. 2” APW Gallery, Queens, NY
Art of Jazz Juried Exhibition, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
“Diggin’ in the Crates” GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
2008:
Fall Artist Residency Exhibition, Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, IL
Greater Reading Literary Festival Art Exhibition, Alvernia University, Reading, PA
GALEX 42 National Juried Exhibition, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL
“Brush With Art: 14th Annual Juried Show” Riverview Gallery, Havre de Grace, MD
2007:
“In Your Face Juried Exhibition” GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
“Chakras & Old San Juan” GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
2006:    
“NOW! Art” Qbix Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
“Dance. Exposure. Art.” SnapShot NYC, Bar 13, New York, NY
“Downtown Meditation” Qbix Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
2005:
“Brush With Art: 14th Annual Juried Show” Riverview Gallery, Havre de Grace, MD
2004:
Berks Jazz Fest Exhibition, Discoveries Gallery, Reading, PA (solo)
“February,” Muddy Cup Gallery, Staten Island, NY (solo)
2003:        
“Idle Reflex” Art O Rama Gallery, Staten Island, NY (solo)
“750pm” Storch Gallery, Syracuse, NY


PUBLISHED WORKS + PRESS

2019:

"22 New Outdoor Art Installations Not to Miss this June 2019" UntappedCities.com, June 1, 2019

"Over 100 People Collaborate on Mental Health Mural Outside Sunset Park School" Brooklyn Reporter, May 21, 2019

"Mural to be Painted Outside Sunset Park School to Raise Awareness of Mental Health Services" Brooklyn Reporter, May 1, 2019

"Health Department Announces Designs of Two New Mental Health Murals as Part of the NYC Mural Arts Project” NYC.gov, April 29, 2019

2016:

“Centrefuge Public Art Project, Cycle 21: Kwue Molly with the Ology Collective — Col, 2ease & Ski –, Julia Cocuzza, J Mike Kuhn, Ogie and Damien Miksza” Street Arts NYC (streetartnyc.org), Sept 14, 2016

2013:

“Breathing Life Into Old Objects” by Nick Desantis, The Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina, May 29, 2013

2011:

OVS Magazine, Spring 2011 Issue, Selected Artist

2010:

“Fenêtre Culturelle” (Exhibition Review) in Haiti Liberte / Haitian Weekly, Brooklyn, NY, September 29, 2010

2009:

Brooklyn Review, Vol. 26, 2009 Edition, Selected Artist

Singing for My Supper, Margie Perez Album Cover

2008:

YRB Magazine, September/October Issue, Featured Artist

2007:

Mute Magazine, Fall/Premier Issue, Featured Artist

JAZZIZ Magazine, July Issue, “Women 8” Album Cover Illustration

JAZZIZ Magazine, March Issue, “In The Mood” Album Cover Illustration

2006:

The Q Magazine, 3rd Issue, Featured Artist

JAZZIZ Magazine, July Issue, “Women 7” Album Cover Illustration

JAZZIZ Magazine, April Issue, Feature Editorial Illustration

2005:

JAZZIZ Magazine, July Issue, “Women 6” Album Cover Illustration

2004:

Taxi Talk Magazine, June Issue, Front Cover Illustration

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

2016:

DEX-NYC Design Exchange, Presented by International Interior Design Association's NY Chapter, Guest Speaker (Graffiti Artist/Muralist),  May 11, 2016

EMPLOYMENT: TEACHING

Lead Teaching Artist, Groundswell NYC, Brooklyn, NY (2015-present)

Lead Teaching Artist, NYC Mural Art Project, NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene (2018-2019)

Lead Teaching Artist, Thrive Collective NYC, New York, NY (2017)

Adjunct Lecturer, Guttman Community College, CUNY, New York, NY (2014-present)

Adjunct Lecturer, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Brooklyn (2011-18)

Printmaking Teaching Assistant + Lab Monitor, Art Department, Brooklyn College, NY (2010-present)

EMPLOYMENT: PROJECT MANAGEMENT + ACADEMIC PROGRAMMING

Program Manager of Community Partnerships, Groundswell NYC (2018-19)

Program Developer for First College Year Program and Division of Student Success, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY (2010-present)

Assistant to the Chair, History of Art & Design Dept, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (2006-09)

Tutor, Syracuse University Literacy Corps, Syracuse, NY (2002)

Area Supervisor + Playground Leader, City of Reading Department of Recreation, Reading, PA (1997-2000)

EMPLOYMENT: ART + DESIGN


Founder + Creative Director, Griot Apparel, Brooklyn, NY (2006-present)
Mural Assistant, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA (2014-present)
Graphic Designer + Marketing Assistant, Crobar New York, New York, NY (2004-07)
Art Handler, BoxArt, Inc., Brooklyn, NY (2004-05)

VOLUNTEER WORK

Festival Staff, MURAL Festival, Montreal (2016)

Visiting Art Instructor, Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School (2015)

LIVE PAINTING PERFORMANCES

 

Mustaches vs Cancer Art Battle Benefit, Jonny Utah's, New York, NY (2010)

SnapShot NYC at Bar 13, New York, NY (2006)

Six6seven Bar*Gallery*Lounge, Brooklyn, NY (2004)

Luke + Leroy Bar/Nightclub, New York, NY (2004)

The Duplexx Nightclub, Brooklyn, NY (2003)

J U L I A    C O C U Z Z A