Julie Mehretu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1970 and lives and works in New York City. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kalamazoo College in 1992, and studied at University Cheik Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. She is represented by The Project in New York City and carlier | gebauer in Berlin, Germany.
Ms. Mehretu is a recipient of many awards, including the MacArthur Award (2005), the American Art Award granted by the Whitney Museum of American Art (2005), and the 2002 Penny McCall Award. She was the Guna S. Mundheim Fellow in spring 2007 at The American Academy in Berlin. She has shown extensively in international and national exhibitions. Upcoming shows include Julie Mehretu: City Sitings at The Detroit Institute of Arts (2007) and Reflexive Drawings at the Simon Fraser University Gallery, in British Columbia, Canada. Mehretu’s most recent group exhibitions include New Directions in American Drawing in Columbus and Savannah (2006–07) and Comic Abstraction at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2006–07). She has permanent public collections across the country, including at the Brooklyn Museum (New York), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC), Philadelphia Art Museum (Philadelphia), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York).
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