Artist for Hire; Arts Management; Lecturer/Discussion Leader; Visual Arts: Functional/Decorative, Glasswork, Instructor, Mixed Media, Sculpture
Julie A Mars is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been a fine arts professional for over 25 years. She has represented her own and other artists’ work as an art consultant for galleries, interior designers, major furnishing retailers, homeowners, collectors, and businesses.
Throughout her art career, Mars has continued creating her own body of mosaic and woven beaded glassware. She enjoys designing custom pieces that enhance her clients’ interiors.
Her work evolved out of an interest in upcycling. From early days of embellishing single-serving juice bottles to make a series of colorful bottle tree fruits, Mars can now be found scouring Goodwill and Salvation Army for large-scale glass vessels to make into something extraordinary. From time-to-time she harvests vintage beads from useless beaded purses and garments.
She loves the media of glass beads for the diverse colors, lusters, translucencies, and other optical effects they offer. She gets a kick out of exploring the playful view between the interior and exterior of a glass vessel. Although she prefers to work on 3D forms, Mars has done a handful of 2D wall pieces.
Mars takes many of her design inspirations from art history, science, literature, and even the whims of her children.
In the early 2000s, Julie Mars curated several exhibits featuring Illinois artists, designers, architects, and crafters at the Chicago Athenaeum @ Schaumburg. She is currently director of communications at the Addison Center for the Arts.
Feel free to contact Julie Mars by email to discuss her work. She is happy to chat with you about choosing or commissioning one of her pieces for your home or business. She is always open to exhibiting in regional galleries and art shows.