Julia Whitney Barnes Meet

Julia Whitney Barnes

Poughkeepsie, NY

About Julia Whitney Barnes

Poughkeepsie, NY

Julia Whitney Barnes is an artist living in Poughkeepsie, NY who works in a variety of media from cyanotypes, watercolor, gouache, oil paintings, stained glass, murals, and site-specific installations. She has exhibited widely in the United States and internationally including the Dorksy Museum, New Paltz, NY; Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT; Woodstock Artists Association & Museum (WAAM), Woodstock, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, ME; Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY; Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Kent, CT; Garvey|Simon NY, New York, NY and most recently a solo exhibition at Galerie Julian Sander in Cologne, Germany. She was awarded fellowships from New York State Council on the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Arts Mid-Hudson, Abbey Memorial Fund for Mural Painting/National Academy of Fine Arts, and the Gowanus Public Art Initiative, among others.

Born in Newbury, VT, Julia Whitney Barnes spent two decades in Brooklyn, before moving to the Hudson Valley in 2015. She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design and her MFA from Hunter College. Whitney Barnes has created site-specific installations at the Albany International Airport, Albany, NY; Brookfield Place/Winter Garden, New York, NY; Arts Brookfield, Brooklyn, NY, the Wilderstein Sculpture Biennial, Rhinebeck, NY; Shaker Heritage Society, Albany NY; The Trolley Barn/Fall Kill Creative Works, Poughkeepsie, NY; GlenLily Grounds, Newburgh, NY; ArtsWestchester, White Plains, NY; Gowanus Public Arts Initiative, Brooklyn, NY; Space All Over/Fjellerup Bund i Bund & Grund, Fjellerup, Denmark; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY; Brooklyn School of Inquiry, Brooklyn, NY; New York City Department of Transportation, New York, NY; and Figment Sculpture Garden, Governors Island, NY and among other locations. Whitney Barnes was awarded a glass commission for NYC Public Art for Public Schools/Percent for Art that is slated to be unveiled Fall 2024. To learn more about the artist visit: www.juliawhitneybarnes.com or @juliawhitneybarnes on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.

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Press and Accolades

  • The Poughkeepsie Journal
    July 16, 2020
  • Times Record Herald
    December 1, 2019
  • The Poughkeepsie Journal
    February 6, 2019
  • Chronogram Magazine
    January 23, 2019
  • USA Today
    October 25, 2018
  • Beekman 1802 Magazine
    Winter 2017/Spring 2018
  • Chronogram Magazine
    July 2017
  • The New York Times
    August 2, 2016
  • Individual Artist Commission, New York State Council on the Arts, Decentralization Program
  • Gowanus Public Arts Initiative Grant
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Residency & Fellowship
  • National Academy of Fine Art, Edwin Austin Abbey Mural Residency & Fellowship


  • Hunter College, CUNY, MFA
    New York, NY,2006 
  • Parsons School of Design, The New School, BFA
    New York, NY,2001 

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