Class of 2010
Julie is a Class of 2010 Alumna. After KZV she attended Lowell High School in San Francisco, graduating in 2014.
Julie worked hard in her art classes and got accepted to the University of California, Los Angeles in the School of Arts and Architecture. She graduated in 2018 receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Fine Art and a minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education.
Growing up Julie was a member of Homenetmen San Francisco and played basketball on the girl's team. She also took art classes at Artworks in West Portal. In high school, she participated in an after-school program offered by the SFUSD taking black and white analog photography classes. Her photographs were in many citywide exhibits. At UCLA she was Public Relations Chair for the Armenian Students Association, Artsakh Awareness Committee and was directly involved with the Divest Turkey initiative in 2015.
Currently, Julie lives and works in New York City where she is a graduate student with a studio-based art practice as she works towards her Masters in Fine Arts at Hunter College in Manhattan. Additionally, she is the Lead Docent at Bergdorf Goodman. It's a luxury department store that is historically significant in shaping American fashion today. She educates, trains, and manages a team of Docents that give historic store tours and elevate the client experience at Bergdorf's. What she loves about her job is that at Bergdorf Goodman she learned about the history of fashion houses and the level of artistry that it all takes. She loves talking about their iconic window displays and visuals throughout the store because they are incredibly unique.
Julie chose to pursue an MFA because art has always been a big part of her life. She says that after she completed her degree at UCLA, she knew that she needed to take it a step further. She is passionate and challenged by the commitment it takes to be an artist. She also thinks it takes a great deal of courage to choose a creative path and her hope is that more people feel inspired and supported to choose a career in the arts. She believes in the power of art to change lives.
Her favorite part of KZV was the art class. She also loved the science fairs because she was able to design poster boards and of course, the incredible friendships that she made that are still her closest and most meaningful relationships today.