Curator of Art Collections & Exhibitions
Julie Lohnes is currently the Curator of Art Collections and Exhibitions at Union College, Schenectady, NY. Lohnes earned her Masters of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with a focus on video, sculpture and installation and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University in painting with a minor in art history. She has more than 15 years of experience working in contemporary art galleries, most recently as Executive Director of the not-for-profit, A.I.R. Gallery, the first artist collective for women in the United States. She also held the director position at DFN Gallery in NYC and Chase Gallery in Boston. She has curated and organized numerous exhibitions including “The Detours of the Possible” at Les Territoires, Montreal, Canada, “Dangerous Women” at DFN Gallery and “Anomalistic Revolution” at A.I.R. Gallery.
Lohnes has participated in many panel discussions, most notably as moderator of “Transnationalism and Women Artists in Diaspora” at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art in the Brooklyn Museum. Additionally she has taught professional development workshops on writing resumes and artists statements, and website development strategies for artists. She has also volunteered for not-for-profit organizations including Artcetera, Boston, an AIDS Action Biennial art benefit.
Concurrent to her curatorial and directorial experience, Lohnes is also a successful sculptor and video artist. Recent exhibits of her artwork include “Hermaphrodite” at The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, “Back to New York”, HP Garcia Gallery, New York, NY, “Escape from New York,” Fabricolor Building, Paterson, NJ, and “Play”, Tufts University Art Gallery @ Aidekman Arts Center, Medford, MA. She has received numerous grants and awards including a Puffin Foundation Grant and a Vermont Studio Center Residency. Her work is included in several public and private collections.
Lohnes is a member of the College Art Association and ArtTable.
Curatorial Assistant of Art Collections & Exhibitions
Sarah Mottalini is the Curatorial Assistant of Art Collections and Exhibitions at Union College and curates all student exhibitions in the Wikoff Student Gallery. Sarah has previous experience at both urban and university galleries, as well as at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, in addition to several years working in the photography field in New York City.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from Boston University. She is an artist, as well, and has exhibited her work in New York, Massachusetts, and Colorado, and was chosen as a NYFA MARK Program participant.
She is an avid equestrian and is currently the owner of a very spirited “Off the Track” Thoroughbred, a granddaughter of the esteemed racehorse, Alysheba.
Art Collections & Exhibitions Fellow
Sarah Kirby is the current Art Collections & Exhibitions Fellow at Union College. A Schenectady native, Sarah has previous experience at other local cultural institutions including the Schenectady County Historical Society and The National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History from Buffalo State College and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from The University of Leicester.