Julia Lauer-Chéenne

Biography of Julia Lauer-Chéenne

Email: julia@jlauer-cheenne.com

Born: August 5, 1952
Residence: Lincoln, Nebraska and Puisserguier, France

I was born in Kansas and grew up in Iowa. In 1974 I graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in French, joined the Peace Corps and headed off to the Ivory Coast, Africa for two years. My life was never the same. One journey led to another and before I knew it that "worthless" degree in foreign language had opened many magical doors including a job in France and a French husband to go with it. My life has taken many twists and turns but the main threads may be summarized as a series of degrees and work experience: a paralegal degree in l976, a Masters followed by a Ph.D. in Modern Languages and Literature from the University of Nebraska in 1991, over thirty years of teaching English as a second language in colleges in Chicago and Lincoln, Nebraska as well as over 20 years of artistic endeavors as a professional photographer and mixed media artist. I love language, literature, reading, and writing; I love traveling, adventure, and exploration. Art pulls these passions together, allowing my imagination to reinvent, revisit, and reestablish my role and my vision as teacher and artist.

Selected Exhibitions

Fever! Solo Show at Gallery 9, Lincoln, Nebraska (2004).

Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College, Rhinelander, Wisconsin (2003).

Reactions, Living in the New America, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, Illinois (2002).

Day or Night, Gallery 214, Montclair, New Jersey (2001).

51st Annual Quad-State Juried Exhibition, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, Illinois (2001).

A Tale of Two Cities, Solo Show at Old Town Art Center, Chicago (2001).

La Petite VIII, Alder Gallery, Coburg, Oregon (2000).

Garments, WomanMade Gallery, Chicago (2000).

Fourth Annual Art Equinox, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana (1993).

Prairie Light Arts Showcase, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska (1992).

First Retrospective, Solo Show at Governor's Mansion, Lincoln, Nebraska (1992).

Honors and Awards

Honorable Mention, Dialogue Magazine. Swimsuit Issue Cover Competition, Columbus, Ohio (2003).
First Place, Professional Art Exhibition, Illinois State Fair, Springfield, Illinois (2001).
Finalist, Postcard Art Competition Exhibition, Lake County Museum, Wauconda, Illinois (2001).
Honorable Mention, Women's Works 2000, Woodstock, Illinois (2000).

Artist Residencies

The Nebraska Arts Council, Photographer for the York Oral History Project, York, NE (1995).
The Nebraska Arts Council, photo collage in Hastings High School, Hastings, NE (1995).
The Nebraska Arts Council, photo collage in the Stapleton Public School, Stapleton, NE (1993).

Professional Artist Affiliations

Modern Arts Midwest, Lincoln, NE.
Chicago Artists' Coalition, Chicago, IL.