Fairfield Arts & Convention Center
Julie was born in Fairfield, Iowa in 1959 and grew up on the family farm. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1983, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona. There, she established her studio; exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibits locally, regionally, and nationally; and taught art in the public schools, at the Phoenix Art Museum, Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, and other venues. A series of serious health issues would slow her professional progress over two decades but did not curtail it. In 2010 Julie made Albuquerque, New Mexico her new home where she set up her new studio at the Factory on 5th Art Space near downtown Albuquerque.
Brokken’s current art mediums include mixed media encaustic photography, mixed media collage works on paper, assemblage, and installation pieces with some works combining elements from all of these. Through her two and three-dimensional work, Julie shares a deep connection to Nature, Spirit and the precious intimacies of the world around us. She’s on a quiet mission to reawaken our awareness of our interconnectedness and interdependence, knowing our sense of separation is but an illusion. She invites us to celebrate and value all of life on Mother Earth, to embrace her mysteries, to make a difference, to create a sustainable future. Brokken’s most recent solo exhibitions and installations include “B R E A T H: Giving Form to Spirit”, “Enlightened Laundry”, and “Prayer Flag Moon” at The Source. “Delicate Wisdom, Sacred Laughter” at Tortuga Gallery, and “Waxing Poetic” at Satellite in Albuquerque, NM. Recent group exhibits include “Living Artifacts” and the “2017 Summer Collective” at Tortuga Gallery; “Doors for Women in the Arts” at the Juliana Kirwin Studio; and The Birds and the Bees: A Pop-Up Celebration at Found on 4th, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brokken has participated in curated shows in Tucson, Arizona, and is included in the permanent collection at the Tucson Museum of Art and private collections nationally.
Brokkens exhibit will continue through the end of September, when she expects to travel back to Fairfield for a high school class reunion and another short visit. The FAA is looking to share some of her creative processes and poeta talents in that time period.