Lohnes earned her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with a focus on video, sculpture and installation and her BFA 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, in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, 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.
Julie 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.
Concurrent to her curatorial and directorial experience, Lohnes is also a successful artist. Recent exhibits of her artwork include "Hermaphrodite" at The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, and "Back to New York", HP Garcia Gallery, NY, NY. She has received numerous grants and awards including a Puffin Foundation Grant and a Vermont Studio Center Residency.