Professor Julia Becker is a visual artist who also explores sound, movement, and creative writing. She has been creating, mentoring, directing, curating, collaborating, and teaching in the arts with diverse populations in varied venues for many years. Her artwork is collected internationally and she is an award-winning filmmaker and published writer. Becker has a history of public art projects involving her students and the community. Her current work explores mixed media and printmaking techniques to create dynamic images that respond to place from her kinesthetic point of view. Improvisation is at the heart of her approach.

Professor Becker is an interdisciplinary artist whose interests span the natural sciences, spiritual studies, and the arts. Her diverse background includes working for the Forest Service (trail and fire crews, Wilderness Ranger), teaching yoga and therapeutic movement, and her own businesses in gardening/landscaping, culinary arts, construction/renovation, jewelry design and fabrication, street performance, etc.

In addition to traveling the world as often as possible, Prof. Becker is an endurance swimmer who loves to take long swims in oceans and rivers. She believes in curiosity, adventure, and love as essential tonics and guides for the human experience and therefore the creative journey. Professor Becker’s deep passion for the unlimited potentiality of the arts has empowered her students at UP since 1997.

BA, The Evergreen State College
MFA, Montana State University

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin