Photography / Book Arts
The Hills series
Ollie, Ollie, in come free! series
Elastic Memory series
From Morning On series
Julianna Foster is currently an assistant professor in the Photography program at the University of the Arts. Foster has taught in various departments at UArts since 2003, such as Photography (formerly Media Arts), Foundation, Fine Arts, MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking and MFA in Studio Art, as well as the Continuing Education and Pre-College programs. Courses include both lecture and studio, Photography I & II, Color Concepts, Critical and Contemporary Issues in Photography Seminar, Senior Photography Workshop, Professional Practices, Fine Arts Seminar, 2D Design Principles and Time Motion. Foster has been a guest lecturer at Rowan University and Temple University and has sat on Fulbright and Graduate Thesis Committees at UArts. She received a BFA in Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2001) and an MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking from the University of the Arts (2006). Foster was an artist member of Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia from 2006 to 2013, where she has had four solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in New Orleans, London and New York City. In addition to her individual ventures, over the years she has collaborated with various artists on projects that include creating artist multiples, artist books and a series of photographs and videos. Foster was awarded Faculty Enrichment Grants from UArts in 2010, 2012 and 2013, and also received a Faculty Professional Development Grant from the Pre- College Programs to attend classes at International Center for Photography in NYC. Solo exhibitions in Philadelphia include Philadelphia Art Alliance, Painted Bride Art Center, Fleisher Art Memorial (2013 Wind Challenge recipient), Gravy Studio and Gallery and most recently at Black Oak House. Selected group exhibitions: Pennsylvania College of Art and Design/Lancaster, PA; Front Gallery/New Orleans, LA; Newspace Center for Photography/Portland, OR; Power Plant Gallery/Durham, NC; Abington Art Center/Abington, PA;Grizzly Grizzly/Philadelphia, Main Line Art Center/Haverford, PA; and Seraphin Gallery/Philadelphia, PA. Other projects include work in Conveyor Magazine (Dark Matter Issue December 2012), Proof Magazine (Kirkwood Photo Essay and article Spring 2013), and an essay and artist feature in Cleaver Magazine (Winter 2014) and Good Game (2015). Foster was a 2014 artist in residence at the Philadelphia Photo Art Center and was selected as a 2016/2017 finalist at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia. She has also participated in international group exhibitions in England, Romania, Spain and most recently Korea and Bulgaria, and has work featured in private collections across the country.
Julianna Foster’s most recent work, Swell, depicts a fantastic event that allegedly occurred last year in a small coastal town. As the story goes, a nor’easter was forming in the Atlantic Ocean from the remnants of a Hurricane when several residents reported seeing something they had never witnessed before—and have never seen since.
Like the Kirkwood Series, Foster’s previous series of images that explored a similarly unexplained phenomenon that took place in that small suburban community, Swell operates on several levels to recount the stories of what happened through a series of photographs. These images teeter between fact and fiction, interpretation and perception, allowing for imagined scenarios and constructed realities to represent rather than illustrate these alleged experiences.
Previous work represents distinct narratives, which are informed for the most part by Foster’s interest in cinema and its relationship to photography. The images reflect an ongoing investigation into the ways that the photographic image can portray a psychological relationship between the characters in each image or series of images and of course between the viewer and the subject. By exploring how the individual image can transcend its own limits, and by association provide the opportunity for a pictorial narrative to unfold, each story forms something of a larger narrative that continues to reveal itself in a variety of forms. Whether it be a photograph, book or video, all of which rely on the fundamentals of narrative to examine and comment on the human experience.