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Julia Ousley

2016 Cadiz St.
Dallas, TX 75201, U.S.A.
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Phone: 214-707-5940     Fax: 817-451-2475

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I identify myself as an architect and sculptor, and I hold master degrees in both disciplines. My influences run from Michelangelo, Frank Lloyd Wright, Tony Smith and Frank Gehry to Sol Lewit, Maya Lin, Eva Hess, Antony Gormley, Kiki Smith and Petah Coyne. There are others, both conscious and subconscious to whom I owe my inspirations.


Although I still involve myself in architectural projects from time to time and occasionally I use methods and materials of traditional sculpture, my primary work is in contemporary installation, using materials unconventional to sculpture but common to architectural construction. I believe in venturing in new directions and have a favorite quote from Frank Gehry, which succinctly expresses the importance of that progression:


As people, we should put our best efforts forward and put positive things on the table for the rest of the world. The idea of copying the past has always been an anathema to me. How can you face your children if you tell them, "I don't have any new ideas." So, I've always strived to live within the time, find something new. There is a general tendency in the world to look for new ideas. And art is part of that search.


I hear people say that they don't understand contemporary art. To me, those words explain it well. All that is necessary to know is that it is trying on new ideas, moving forward, learning from the past and bringing it along but refusing to remain stuck there.


--Julia Ousley




1999        Master of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.

1981        Master of Architecture, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas.

1976        Bachelor of Science, Baylor University Caruth School, Dallas, Texas.





2010        Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, “Illuminated Soles.” Lubbock, Texas.

                TCC, “Urbanity.” Arlington, Texas.

2007        Summit High School, "Skyline II." Summit, New Jersey.

2003        Penn State Arts Center, “Urbanity.” Altoona, Pennsylvania.

2002        Art Depot Gallery, “Remembrance.”  Lubbock, Texas.

  Upstairs Gallery,  ” As I See It.”  Arlington, Texas.

1999        Pratt Institute,  “KDNY.”  Brooklyn, New York.





2012        James Surls Sculpture Garden, “A Memorial to Joe W. Surls.” Malakoff, Texas.

                Abilene CAC, “Outdoor Sculpture Tour.” Abilene, Texas.

                Red Brick Exhibition. Aspen, Colorado.

                Park Avenue Armory, “ADAA:  The Art Show.” Collaboration with Petah Coyne. New York, New York.

2011        Arlington Museum of Art, “Mosaic.” Arlington, Texas.

                University of Texas at Tyler, “Sculpture Network of Texas Exhibition.” Tyler, Texas.

                MAC, “Meltdown.” Dallas, Texas.

                Carbondale Public Arts, “Art aRound Town.” Carbondale, Colorado.

2010        MAC, “Border.” Dallas, Texas.

                Arthouse, “Five x Seven.” Austin, Texas.

                Pima Community College, “Sculpture-On-Campus.” Tucson, Arizona.

2009        500X Gallery, “Landscape.” Dallas, Texas.

2008        Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, "Outdoor Exhibition." Austin, Texas.

2007        MAC, "War and Peace." Dallas, Texas.

                San Marcos Public Library, "The Larger Perspective: Outdoor Exhibition." San Marcos, Texas.

                Texas State University, "The Sculpture Network of Texas Exhibition." San Marcos, Texas.        

2006        Empire Fulton Ferry Park, "Garden of Delights." Brooklyn, New York.

2005        Lawndale Art Center,  "Homemaid," Houston, Texas.

                Arlington Museum of Art, “Shine 2005”, (Catalogue). Arlington, Texas.

2004        Arlington Museum of Art, “Shine”, (Catalogue). Arlington, Texas.

                Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Residents Show, Amherst, Virginia.

                EASL, "Fantasies and Fetishes." Fort Worth, Texas.   

2003        Arlington Museum of Art, “Sunny Side Up,”  (Catalogue). Arlington, Texas.

                Continental Gin,  “New Works.”  Dallas, Texas.

2002        McKinney Avenue Contemporary, “Blue Yule.” Dallas, Texas.

                Wade Gallery, Taos, New Mexico.

                Pilchuck Glass School, “Cast Glass.” Seattle, Washington.

                Continental Gin, “Christmas Show.” Dallas, Texas.       

                Arlington Museum of Art, “Architects as Artists.” (Curator). Arlington, Texas.

2001        Central Park Arsenal Gallery,  “Christmas Show.”  New York, New York.  

                Continental Gin, “Open Studios Show.”  Dallas, Texas.                 

                McKinney Avenue Contemporary, ”W.”  Dallas, Texas.                 

                Smithsonian SITES, “Millennium Messages.” Collaboration with Petah Coyne. Traveling.

2000        Dallas Visual Art Center,  “2000 Exhibition. Dallas, Texas.        

                Julius Akus Gallery, “Drawing in the Present Tense.” Collaboration/Petah Coyne (Catalogue).

                Willamantic, Connecticut.

                McKinney Avenue Contemporary, “Black and White.”  Dallas, Texas.

1999        Arnold and Sheila Aronson Gallery, “Drawing in the Present Tense”, Collaboration/Petah Coyne (Catalogue).

                New York, New York.

                Heckscher Museum of Art, “Millennium Messages.” Collaboration with Petah Coyne. Huntington, New York.

                Viridian Artists Inc., “Tenth National Exhibition.”  New York, New York.

1998        Steuben East Gallery, “Pratt Artists League Show.”  Brooklyn, New York.

1997        Trammel Crow Center,  “Texas Sculpture Association Exhibition.”  Dallas, Texas. 

                ArtCentre of Plano,  Rowena Elkin Show.”  Plano, Texas.           

                Museums of Abilene, 52nd Annual Exhibition.” Abilene, Texas.                 

                JM Moudy Vestibulum, Group Exhibition.” Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.

                An Art Place, Inc., “Art of Diversity III Exhibition.”  Chicago, Illinois.

1996        Trammel Crow Center,  “Texas Sculpture Association Exhibition.”  Dallas, Texas. 

                JM Moudy Vestibulum, Group Exhibition.” Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.

1995        Del Mar College,  “30th Annual Exhibition.”  Corpus Christi, Texas.





ArchiTexas, Architects and Planners:

2007        Harlan Adaptive Reuse/Restoration, Dallas, Texas.

1997       Hill County Court House Restoration, Hillsboro, Texas.                 

                Harrison County Museum Restoration, Marshall, Texas.

1983        Samon's Center for the Arts Adapted Reuse, Dallas, Texas.      

                Inwood Theater Lounge and Lobby Adapted Reuse, Dallas, Texas.

                Swiss Avenue Wilson House Restoration, Dallas, Texas.

                Mirabella Gourmet Shop, Dallas, Texas.


Lassiter, Ousley and Associates, Architecture:

1986       Little Road Doctor's Complex, Arlington, Texas.

                State Farm Insurance Complex, Arlington, Texas.

                Hospital Corporation of America Fitness Center, Arlington, Texas.

1985        Fire Stations #2, #7, #12 and #13, Arlington, Texas.

1985        Arlington Country Day School, Arlington, Texas.

1985        Miller Retail Center, Arlington, Texas Orthodontic Offices, San Antonio, Texas.

1984        Volunteer's of America Elderly Housing Center, St. Louis, Missouri.

                Park Department Ball Fields and Concessions, Arlington, Texas.

1983        Unity Church, Arlington, Texas.

                Buddhist Dog Temple, Arlington, Texas.

                Volunteer's of America Elderly Housing Complex, Weatherford, Texas.





2004        Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Awarded residency fellowship, Amherst, Virginia.

2004        Arlington Museum of Art, Elected President of the Board of Trustees, Arlington, Texas.

2002        Pilchuck Glass School, Awarded juried residency, Seattle, Washington.

                Winner of 5th Session design competition.

2000        Arlington Museum of Art, Appointed to Board of Directors, Arlington, Texas.

1997        Texas Sculpture Association, People's Choice Award, Dallas, Texas.

1992        Mayor Richard Green, Appointed to Board of Directors of Parks and Recreation, Arlington, Texas.

1991        Tarrant County United Way, Appointed Allocations Chairperson, Fort Worth, Texas.

2004           University of Texas Board of Regents, Appointed to Visiting Council for the

                School of Architecture, Arlington, Texas.

1983        University of Texas, Certificate of Merit, San Antonio, Texas.

1983        Leadership Arlington, Appointment, Arlington, Texas.

1978        YMCA Competition, Playground Design Winner, Arlington, Texas.





2011        Carbondale Public Arts, Carbondale, Colorado.

2010        Creative Passage Summer Workshop, Vadito, New Mexico.

                Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona.

  Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, Texas.

                TCC, Arlington, Texas.

2009        Creative Passage Summer Residency, Vadito, New Mexico

2008        International School of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York

2004         Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia.

  Sweetbrier College, Amherst, Virginia.

2003        Penn State University, Altoona, Pennsylvania.

2002        The Art Club, Dallas, Texas.

                Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.                                            

                Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas.    

1997        Camino de Paz, Fort Worth, Texas.

1996        Women's Shelter, Arlington, Texas.

1984        Venture Alternative School, Arlington, Texas.

1983        University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas.

1982        Girl's and Youth Services, Arlington, Texas.

1980        University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas.

1975        University of Texas Dental Branch, Houston, Texas.





2006        Haber, John. "Summer Sculpture 2006." Haber's Art Reviews,, Summer 2006.

2006        Tallia, Rob. "On Our Radar.", Summer 2006.

2005        Klaasmeyer, Kelly. All Grown Up." Houston Press, April 14-20, 2005: p. 42.

2004        Compton, JR. "Furnishings and Fetishes." Dallas Arts Revue, October 28, 2004: pp. 6-10.


2002        Kerns, William. “Remembrance.” Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, October 18, 2002: Around Town, p.6.

 Mariani, Anthony. “American Beauty, Arlington Museum of Art finds the sparkle in sprawl.” Fort Worth   Weekly,  May 2-8, 2002: sec. Arts, p. 21.